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Veendam Review

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Becky Beall
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Veendam was retired from the Holland America Line fleet in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since been sold.


Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging


Slow dining room service and room service delivery

Bottom Line

Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers


Passengers : 1,350
Crew : 564
Passenger to Crew : 2.39:1
Launched : 1996
Shore Excursions : 0


Included with your cruise fare:

  • Main dining room, the Lido buffet and other select eateries
  • Movies (screenings in the Wajang Theater, plus DVDs for borrowing)
  • Evening theater performances
  • Sports Deck activities
  • Most daily activities, including Microsoft classes, unless noted below
  • Use of the fitness center, but not most classes or personal training

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for most people but $16 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (15 percent for both)
  • Specialty dining, wine and other drink tastings
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Fitness Center classes, such as Pilates, yoga and cycling
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to, bingo and casino play
  • Photos and art purchases

Fellow Passengers

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.

Holland America Veendam Dress Code

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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Holland America Veendam Cruiser Reviews

Relaxing Week with HAL

Veendam provided the perfect setting for a relaxing and pleasant week among "friends". The ship is older but still kept in very good condition.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Plenty time to wind down.

I will not go with Veendam again. I want more onboard activities when I cruise. The pace on this ship was just too slow for me but I don’t know whether the other HA ships are different.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s


I don't know what all the fuss is about, but I actually loved the Veendam. This was my 7th HAL cruise and the 1st on the Veendam. If you want a quiet relaxing cruise this is the one for you.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 80s

Thank You to The Staff!

The Veendam was by far the smallest ship we have been on so far, but because we have sailed Holland ships before, the general layout was similar.Read More
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Mustering up again

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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