Veendam was retired from the Holland America Line fleet in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since been sold.
Veendam draws primarily North Americans, but most sailings also have a nice international mix of Asian, Latin American and European travelers as well. Look for couples, many of which are retired, and a handful of younger cruisers that are often with larger family groups. On European sailings, you'll notice a change in passengers with more Europeans, but still an overall older demographic, with most people over 60 and a fair amount in the 70+ range. Summer, spring break and holidays bring a few more families with children aboard, so plan accordingly.
Daytime: Casual is the norm with shorts and T-shirt most common inside the ship, and bathing suits being popular poolside. Don some flip-flops or sandals and a for dining inside during the day.
Evening: Most nights resort casual -- includes collared shirts and slacks for men; dresses, skirts or slacks for women -- is acceptable in all fine dining restaurants and the main dining room. Dark suit, tuxedo or jacket and tie for men cocktail dress, gown or dressy pantsuit for women on gala nights. Prepare for two gala nights per seven-day cruise.
Not permitted: Swimsuits and other pool wear, men's tank tops and shorts are not allowed in any restaurants during the evening hours. Jeans (except distressed) are acceptable ,except for gala nights when they are restricted to the buffet. Should you not wish to change out of your yoga pants, you'll need to choose the casual buffet option or order room service.
For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Holland America.
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