Veendam Cruise Review by Seacucumber
- Sail Date: December 2011
- Destination: South America
- Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
The ship was tastefully decorated and did not appear to be worn. This was definitely not a young people's cruise. Most of the passengers appeared to be retired and in their late 60's, some older. Our room was on the deck 6 near the atrium and view was excellent. I am a vegetarian the choice of my food was not worth mentioning here. The entertainment was geared toward a mature crowd. The singers were very good. The Gaucho couple seemed almost as old as some of the passengers. The Cruise Director was Carolos very personable, approachable and enthusiastic.
The weather was nice in Santiago in mid 80s, In Puerto Mont it was raining cold and windy in Puente Arenas. We packed for both warm and colder temperatures. As we went further south the Sun set was at 10 PM. Crossing the Magellan Straight Beagle Chanel was very smooth, crossing Drake's passage around Cape Horn was rough windy and 20 to 25 ft. waves. At Port Stanley, Falkland Island it was windy but bearable.
Up on embarkation we were advised the ship had a code Red sanitation code. We were not allowed to serve ourselves even in Lido and there was a big line for everything from drinking water to all the food and deserts. It was a chaotic situation. Eventually we decided to have breakfast at our state room every morning to avoid standing in line. We chose to eat most of our main meals in the primary dining room in the more formal setting and had Canadian couple from Winnipeg was our table mates. We did eat one night the free Italian restaurant where the food was excellent. I don't drink coffee; my wife said it was not very good. They have a cafÃ© where you can buy real coffee. I purchased Internet plan on the ship $ 100 for 250 minutes. It took us15- 20 minutes to login and send one or 2 emails, a big waste of money.
Overall the cruise was Ok not an exceptional cruise.
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