My husband and I are seniors, and this cruise was combined with a Globus bus tour which began in Boston, continued through New Hampshire and Vermont, and concluded in Montreal where we boarded the Veendam. The ship is an older ship but it is well maintained and it is much smaller than some of the newer ships. We were able to easily find our way around and found it to be uncrowded with minimal lines. The only exception is that the elevators were slow and as most of the passengers were seniors, the elevators were needed even if only to go to the next floor. The ship had the features we have come to expect including a showroom, a movie theater which also doubled as a kitchen for cooking demonstrations, the Lido deck with a buffet as well as two dining rooms, and several lounges. We were traveling with another couple and were able to reserve a table for four, early dining, for the cruise. Embarkation was smooth and we were pleased that we were allowed immediate access to our cabin after boarding so we did not have to take our carry on items with us to lunch. We had a window cabin on A deck and it was spacious with lots of closet and drawer space. The ship was scheduled to visit five ports but due to weather conditions, it was unable to call at Prince Edward Island, so we visited Quebec City, Sydney, Halifax, and Bar Harbor. We had been to these ports once before but this time we chose different shore excursions so we did not repeat anything. The evening entertainment was generally good, with two production shows during the week as well as individual entertainers on the other nights. We also enjoyed the Piano Bar. Jeremy, the cruise director, was very pleasant and the captain, Colm Ryan, kept us informed as to the ship's movements and weather issues. The week passed rapidly and on the morning of our departure, we had a bus transfer to the Boston airport, arranged through HAL. Debarkation was well organized and there was plenty of time to get to our flight.

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Veendam Cruise Review by genmasjoy

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My husband and I are seniors, and this cruise was combined with a Globus bus tour which began in Boston, continued through New Hampshire and Vermont, and concluded in Montreal where we boarded the Veendam. The ship is an older ship but it is well maintained and it is much smaller than some of the newer ships. We were able to easily find our way around and found it to be uncrowded with minimal lines. The only exception is that the elevators were slow and as most of the passengers were seniors, the elevators were needed even if only to go to the next floor. The ship had the features we have come to expect including a showroom, a movie theater which also doubled as a kitchen for cooking demonstrations, the Lido deck with a buffet as well as two dining rooms, and several lounges. We were traveling with another couple and were able to reserve a table for four, early dining, for the cruise.

Embarkation was smooth and we were pleased that we were allowed immediate access to our cabin after boarding so we did not have to take our carry on items with us to lunch. We had a window cabin on A deck and it was spacious with lots of closet and drawer space.

The ship was scheduled to visit five ports but due to weather conditions, it was unable to call at Prince Edward Island, so we visited Quebec City, Sydney, Halifax, and Bar Harbor. We had been to these ports once before but this time we chose different shore excursions so we did not repeat anything.

The evening entertainment was generally good, with two production shows during the week as well as individual entertainers on the other nights. We also enjoyed the Piano Bar. Jeremy, the cruise director, was very pleasant and the captain, Colm Ryan, kept us informed as to the ship's movements and weather issues.

The week passed rapidly and on the morning of our departure, we had a bus transfer to the Boston airport, arranged through HAL. Debarkation was well organized and there was plenty of time to get to our flight.
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