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Veendam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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815 Reviews

Veendam is a lovely older ship

Veendam Cruise Review by cskovronek@gmail.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Chose the cruise for its interesting port intensive itinerary, reasonable price and wanted to try Holland America. There were lots of poor reviews of this ship so we were concerned but for no reason. We loved the ship. Cabins were very spacious, lots of storage, large bathrooms with tub. Beds really super comfy, nice quality bedding and bathrobes. Chocolates on pillow at night. Excellent attentive staff everywhere. Ambiance relaxed and elegant - old fashioned feel which we liked. Only 1350 passengers felt intimate and never crowded. Easy to get seated for dining room meals (we don't like to choose a time for dinner so went free style dining), lots of cosey spaces to sit and relax, beautiful sail away bar called the Crow's Nest which also had happy hour 2 for 1 drinks a few times a day which we enjoyed - $12 USD for 2 drinks. Rich wood interior spaces in public areas - so lovely - fresh flowers and nice art. Food very good overall, Pinnacle Restaurant excellent, Caneletto very disappointing- dining room meals were much better. Pizza and burgers poolside very good.

Entertainment was ok - singers and dancers actually very good, one night no entertainment, one night a film, one magician, one comedian, one violinist - so it was ok not fabulous. But theatre intimate and never crowded. Liked the lecture on the next port every night. Most passengers in their late 50s-70s.

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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin C 623

nice cabin, good storage, fantastic lighted magnifying make up mirror, very comfortable bed, nice quality sheets, ok shampoo and conditioner combined, found it quite spacious for a cruise cabin

oceanview cabin was fine - didn't miss balcony - weather wasn't that hot

bring extension cord as ony two outlets

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Easy to walk off the ship and see the Diocletian Palace and old area on your own. Tourist market and promenade along sea side nice. Enjoyed visiting old synagogue from 1500's and heard about the history of the Jews in Croatia. Just ring the doorbell to be let in.


Stunning gem of an island, small, untouched. Fabulous water colour, mountains all around, breathtaking. Easy to walk around on your own, visited church and tower, wandered the narrow streets, had a drink at ocean front restaurant. Lovely, low key people.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Got a bus near dock to site of Olympic Village for 8 euros return. 45 minute ride through pretty hills and olive groves. Entrance to sit 12 euros. Ruin site large and really impressive. Museum was small but had a lot of artifacts including the famous Hermes and Dionysus sculpture and a Nike winged victory. Only had 2 hours to visit which was not enough - needed 3 hours. Nothing to see in Katakolo.


Beautiful white washed island. Easy to walk around on your own, See the 5 windmills, wander the narrow streets. Great jewelry and handmade and woven clothes.


Visited with prearranged guide (Tours by Locals - guide Tijen Oral was terrific) to Mary House (stunning garden) and Ephesus which was fabulous. Definitely pay extra to see the Terrace Houses - is wonderful. Also saw Temple of Artemis and Mosque that reused some temple ruins. Loved the street shops at the dock area - great prices on shoes, purses, sweaters - good quality designer knockoffs. Had lunch in a local restaurant - great food, cheap prices. Loved Kusadasi.

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Amalfi beautiful drive, Positano is built on hills and very striking views but crowds terrible.


Sorrento walked around on our own, had great pasta, market fun. Lovely place.

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