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Veendam Review

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And a good time was had by all

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kmsmith123
First Time Cruiser • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Oct 2009
Cabin: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Our embarkation in San Diego was uneventful and we settled into our cabin quickly.

We had early fixed dining (anytime dining has proved to be more trouble than it is worth for us) and were delighted with our table mates and waiters. The food was excellent and seemed better than previous HAL cruises we have taken. Chef Karl did a great job of overseeing a good kitchen staff. In fact,the staff was excellent overall. Much more friendly than most HAL crews. This may be reflective of the more outgoing/less reserved attitude we have notice of late on HAL.

Our cabin was very nice and HAL did a very nice job on the recent refit. The only part we didn't care for was the redone theater. Holland has refitted this into a cabaret setting and it just doesn't work well. Hard to see from the tables or the balcony where many of the seats face the wrong way. It is one of those "great in theory but doesn't translate in practice ideas. They have also greatly reduced the size of the stage so those who enjoy the Production numbers of old will be disappointed. It is now set up for much smaller acts which, no doubt, save them money.

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Large Ocean-View Stateroom

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Lots of trouble with the heat and AC. Was either too cold or too hot. Cabin fine, good location, some noise when docking from thrusters.

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