We did Fort Lauderdale to Montreal last year in April and friends on board wanted to do a Fall Foliage cruise on Veendam. Boarding process was very smooth - as it usually is for HAL. Cabin was ready but o bags so we ate in Lido - great food. Service in main dining room and Pinnacle Grill was excellent - best we have had on HAL. Cabin stewards were efficient and did the great towel animals daily. As is normally the case on HAL's R and S class ships, the entertainment was varied - no big Broadway type shows. Paul Pappas great pianist and Bobby Brooks Wilson (son of Jackie Wilson) put on incredible individual high energy shows. Veenddam singer and dancers were OK, but not our cup of tea. The Adagio classical violinist and pianist, Alex and Alexandre, were phenomenal artists - and the Explorers Lounge where they performed was packed for each performance with SRO. We had lunch in the Pinnacle Grill for the first time and it was wonderful. Dinners in both the Pinnacle Grill and main dining room were excellent - both food and service. And of course the Dive-In Grill on the Lido deck by the pool has super hot dogs, hamburgers, and the usual Mexican themed small buffet. We had Vista Suite 171 - a very comfortable cabin. But, it had some problems. The wall paper was peeling in two spots, the carpeting was bunched up in many areas from cabin door to veranda and threads were pulling up in quite a few spots,the lounge chairs had paint chips in them and the caulking of the deck was coming up in places. totally unlike previous HAL Vista suites we have sailed in. Reminded me of a very old motel in need of renovation.

Great ship, excellent food but iffy cabin

Veendam Cruise Review by aamons

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We did Fort Lauderdale to Montreal last year in April and friends on board wanted to do a Fall Foliage cruise on Veendam.

Boarding process was very smooth - as it usually is for HAL. Cabin was ready but o bags so we ate in Lido - great food.

Service in main dining room and Pinnacle Grill was excellent - best we have had on HAL. Cabin stewards were efficient and did the great towel animals daily. As is normally the case on HAL's R and S class ships, the entertainment was varied - no big Broadway type shows. Paul Pappas great pianist and Bobby Brooks Wilson (son of Jackie Wilson) put on incredible individual high energy shows. Veenddam singer and dancers were OK, but not our cup of tea. The Adagio classical violinist and pianist, Alex and Alexandre, were phenomenal artists - and the Explorers Lounge where they performed was packed for each performance with SRO.

We had lunch in the Pinnacle Grill for the first time and it was wonderful. Dinners in both the Pinnacle Grill and main dining room were excellent - both food and service. And of course the Dive-In Grill on the Lido deck by the pool has super hot dogs, hamburgers, and the usual Mexican themed small buffet.

We had Vista Suite 171 - a very comfortable cabin. But, it had some problems. The wall paper was peeling in two spots, the carpeting was bunched up in many areas from cabin door to veranda and threads were pulling up in quite a few spots,the lounge chairs had paint chips in them and the caulking of the deck was coming up in places. totally unlike previous HAL Vista suites we have sailed in. Reminded me of a very old motel in need of renovation.
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Lanai Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin CA 171
We had Vista Suite 171 - a very comfortable cabin. But, it had some problems. The wall paper was peeling in two spots, the carpeting was bunched up in many areas from cabin door to veranda and threads were pulling up in quite a few spots,the lounge chairs had paint chips in them and the caulking of the deck was coming up in places. totally unlike previous HAL Vista suites we have sailed in. Reminded me of a very old motel in need of renovation.
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