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  1. Hi- We are considering a 2019 cruise on either the Veendam or the Koningsdam- to the Caribbean. We have been on the Westerdam and Noordam and will be on the Nieuw Amsterdam in March. Which ship would you choose for 2019? Thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. I know there was an old thread on this but I was encouraged to make a new one. The itinerary is the same - Boston to Montreal, timing is the same. If you were to choose between the two ships, which would you go for? The old thread preferred the Maasdam, but it was from 2012. A lot can change in 5 years. Are the ships still clean/service good? We'd be taking our toddler who will be about 2 if that matters.
  3. Please join Paula and I for ACBL sanctioned bridge games and bridge lessons on the Veendam starting Oct 20, 2017. Armand ;)
  4. The Veendam is arriving late so we can see a sail-in soon! The webcams are at: http://portevergladeswebcam.com/ http://ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ More info to follow.
  5. Planning to go on 49 day Amazon cruise in January 2018 but hope to get in exercise daily. Is there enough aerobic machines? Any comments on size and availability is much appreciated. Tx
  6. We were considering a B2B New England/Canada cruise in August. The Veendam itinerary is great. However, when we read the ship's reviews we have been very concerned! We do like the smaller ships and really enjoyed the Prinsendam. Our last 3 cruises have been with Celebrity but we have cruised on HAL a number of times too. I'll lower my dining room expectations, but I do believe it is reasonable to expect decent sanitary conditions. How low do I have to set my expectations concerning working bathrooms? Is it unrealistic to expect my cabin to be free of mold and have a working toilet & shower? Functional restrooms in public areas should also be operational. Is lack of maintenance an ongoing problem that HAL finds acceptable? Reading Veendam reviews sent up red flags. I'm wanting to remain healthy & well on vacation. In checking the roll call boards the one on our proposed sail date only has 3 members. Any viewpoints that counteract the horrible reviews? (Maasdam also does this itinerary but their reviews are even worse!) We welcome your advice regarding Veendam experiences.
  7. Does anybody know if their is a quiet deck space out of the sun, usually next or under lifeboats to sit in lounge chairs on this ship?
  8. Hi all did Veendam to Bermuda 2011 was great same 2012 but ship and staff Really worn down.thinking of may2017 Bermuda again as is only ship to dock in Hamilton and leave from Boston, Any thoughts??? Thanks in advance cathy
  9. I've only been on Norwegian Cruise Line, and I love their informality and their freestyle dining. My alumni group is offering a continuing education opportunity next summer on Holland America Veendam. How does dining work for HA? If I eat in the main dining room, am I required to sit with the same people every night at a designated time? Can I dress informally? Will I be required to wear a suit and tie at any time? And while we're at it, how would you rate the food on HA, in general?
  10. We are sailing on the Veendam in December. We will be flying in to port with carry-on luggage only. Can my husband get by without a suit jacket?
  11. Booked yesterday for Amsterdam next June. Last Alaska cruise was on Veendam. Comparing deck plans and ship fact looks like Amsterdam is a little newer, a little longer and a little bigger in general - but not by much. Are these two pretty similar? Any notable features found on Amsterdam that we would not have seen on Veendam? Also, we slowly up sized ships on RCCL with a couple Radiance class then the larger Mariner oTS. Wondering if we are going to feel claustrophobic on Amsterdam at half the tonnage - although for Alaska we like a smaller ship.
  12. Hi, I was hoping to get advice as to which ship to book for a late summer / early fall cruise to New England / Canada, the Veendam or the Rotterdam? It will be my DH and I and we will be booking a Neptune Suite. Researching the website I am not seeing too much of a difference between these two ships but experience is more telling. We are not pool or show people. We enjoy good food and drink and I enjoy the casino. Any and all recommendations welcome
  13. Just received word the Veendam cruise for January 2018 is cancelled because of Cuba new itinerary. Terrible the way they did this by email. Just told us we need to rebook another cruise with little help. What is everyone doing about this?
  14. I found an old post saying BB Kings were not on the Veendam, but is this still the case?
  15. I am considering taking my 27 year old daughter on the Veendam cruise out of Boston on May 13. My only reservation is that HAL has a reputation of having a very "mature" clientele. It doesn't matter to me as I will enjoy it regardless, but being out of Boston when some colleges should be out for the semester, is it likely there would be many 20-30's onboard? I'm also considering the Celebrity Summit sailing from Bayonne June 3. Any info is appreciated. I know both ships are old and not as desirable as others, but the price is right for a last minute trip.
  16. The Veendam has arrived in Montreal for the season and docked at the temporary dock used in the past. Will they be there for the complete NE-Canada cruise season or move back to regular docks? Anyone know?
  17. Hi y'all, Redneck Bob hear ! Attention K-Mart shoppers; we just had a Blue Light Special on a HAL cruise on the Veendam, 04/09/16, 15 day Caribbean cruise. That's right a real good deal. Let me set it up. The Veendam was scheduled to depart Tampa, FL on 04/12/16 for 12 days. HAL decided approximately 4 months prior to selling to switch departure port to Ft Lauderdale and make cruise 15 days. Why? I guess it had to do with being in something called a drydock prior to cruise and not sailing back to Tampa from Freeport. Only a guess. Never heard the term drydock before until someone explained to me it was like putting your toy boat in your bathtub full of water and draining out the water to repair it. Well that made no sense; why would have remove the water to repair my toy boat ! Now hears the deal. We booked this cruise 2 weeks prior to sailing; got lowest cabin, guarantee N, inside and 5 days prior to departing were upgraded to D and then 2 days later got a minor upsell, shipping & handling not included, I mean excluding government fees to a Vista Suite; what a deal ! I thought this was the best until I boarded the ship and talked with other people. Everyone on this cruise got a deal. People who booked for 12 days were not charged for extra 3 days of sailing. And some paid between $299-$499/person for a 15 day cruise ! Even someone told me HAL was trying to get people to board in Key West, our first port of call. Well, I rambled on too much about this; what about the cruise. It was Good. I explained in a prior thread what was done to the ship post drydock and issues on ship Embarkation: Went very smoothly except it seemed muster drill was way too long. And do you know when we were lining up for this drill this lady showed up carrying a large fur jacket. I was going to ask her if prior to getting to Antigua were we making a stop at the North Pole :eek: ! Though it was a chilly 84 degrees at the drill. Cabin: The Vista Suite was very nice, smaller than I thought. Stewards were excellent during the cruise. Had only minor issues Food: Began the cruise very good and ended not so good. Three straight dinners got uncooked meatballs, tough beef and mushy lobster. Service was very good. Ports of Call: All very good. The two main types of tours I took were either snorkeling or the free wi fi tour. The free wi fi tours were in Key West, San Juan except Starbucks charged for a cup of coffee for the wi fi, Antigua, Curacao and Aruba. In Key West found great bargains at a store where everything was advertised to be $5, includes hats, t-shirts, etc. It like your local Dollar Store except five times more. Well I found a great $5 t-shirt and moseyed up to the counter where there was a couple in front of me. The lady asked the cashier how much were the t-shirt she was buying. $5; what else would it be in a store where everything is $5. Snorkeled at Sapphire Beach in St Thomas and snorkeled with a "HUGE" stringray; sorry for the play on words; trying not to get political. Then in Curacao went to the beach next to the aquarium and snorkeled with 1000's of fish including a 4 foot barracuda who kept following me. I got very frustrated with this barracuda following me so I looked at it and said, "Do you know I am Redneck Bob, make my day". Well that must have scared the you know what out of it and it swam away. Entertainment: Fair to Good; three good shows; Comedian Fred, Singer who was son of Jackie Wilson and singers and dancers show called Dance. Overall I would give this cruise a 7.4 out of 10 "I'm Redneck Bob and I see it like I tell it, I mean tell it like I see it" PS: You might be a Redneck if when you board the ship, go to your cabin and have to call the Front Desk that you can not leave your cabin because there is a small sign on the door that says "Privacy Please" :eek:
  18. We returned home yesterday from a wonderful cruise and I wanted to take a few minutes to briefly ouline some of our experiences. First I'd like to appologize to my fellow cruisers for not participating at all in the Roll Call, life is hectic, I did a mininum of planning for this trip and unfortunately did not have time to socialize with others. Aside from one single unsupervised child, our fellow cruisers seemed to be a fabulous bunch of people and I do regret not getting to know any of them before or during the cruise. We flew Allegiant, direct flight to PIE from our hometown is great but otherwise Allegiant is what it is, I always pray they get me to my destination alive and don't expect much more of them. I needed to call because I missed one letter in one persons name, and was on hold for over 50 minutes to get assistance. I emailed over a dozen limo companies in Tampa for airport - hotel transport hotel, less than half even responded, one with a completely blank email and one saying they charge $90/hr, with a 4 hour minimum on Fri & Sat (no thanks). We went with the lowest priced service, Crown Royal Limousine. They were prompt and professional in responding to emails before our trip. The driver called on arrival and told us he'd wait outside, so although he did not come in he picked us up directly outside the door of baggage pickup which was very convenient. I would use them again and recommend their services. We stayed at Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Ctr. This was a fiasco, do not under any circumstances stay at this hotel. We arrived at 2:30pm, got one of our 3 rooms at 4pm, and the other 2 room at 6pm. We were given $50 off the rate for each room which I don't feel was adequate considering the lengthly delay. Front desk was professional considering they had an entire lobby full of guests without rooms. There is obviously an issue with managment, training or something. Once we did get our rooms, housekeeping was still at work on our floor, socializing, and had the hall blocked so I had to lift luggage over my head to get through the carts to get to my room. Rooms appeared reasonably clean but no coffee left in the rooms. The free breakfast was equally chaotic, we arried when breakfast opened, 7:30 I believe, there was no coffee until half an hour later, no spoons were available, but the food itself was good and the people making omlets were especially friendly. Unfortunately my son ironed his khaki pants the morning of our departure and then accidentally left them at the the hotel, we called Lost and Found within an hour of checking out, and again the next day, and again on our arrival back in Tampa, and they admitted they hadn't even looked for them and acted like they couldn't have cared less. Fortunately my son was able to buy khakis at our first port in Key West, so only one night in the main dining room in his jeans, oops. While waiting for our rooms, some of us walked over and visited the Aquarium and had a nice visit there, they had some nice hands on activities for the kids. Seemed a little overpriced for the size of the facility, but it was a great way to kill a few hours since we didn't have rooms and couldn't use the hotel pool as planned. We at a nearby pizza place, I dont recall the name but it was pretty good. The morning of embarkation, there were taxis waiting including a van that fit our group of 6, I think he charged $18 for just those few blocks. We arrived at the port about 9:30, a porter took our bags, and we had to wait outside until 10am when we were among the first inside and checked in. It was especially convenient that our table number was listed on our cards, so I was able to confirm we were all together and find a floor plan of the dining room while we waited to board, and decide that the location was satisfactory before even bording. Details are already escaping me, but it was maybe 11:30 before we were able to board. Sadly there was no embarkation luncheon as there was a group of travel agents dining in the main dining room. As we were among the first on board, we hightailed it for the Lido that was soon insanely crowded, no embarkation luncheon definately pushes the Lido beyond its capacity.
  19. I just returned from the Montreal to Boston cruise on the Veendam. Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown PEI, Sydney/Cape Briton, Halifax Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor Maine and Boston. This was my first Cruise on Holland America. I have gone on Royal Caribbean, Disney, NCL and Princess. After reading some other reviews I wasn't sure what to think. I was looking forward to being on a smaller ship and I was very pleased. We went with 6 of us. My wife and myself in our 40's, son 14, daughter 10 and in-laws 70's. We had 2 spa cabins and one vista suite. All the rooms were very comfortable. The Vista suite was in the back of the ship and the 2 Spa suites were in the front. We did feel some movement on 2 nights but it was fine. The spa suites were ocean view which were converted to balcony cabins by adding 6 small balconies on each side of the ship in 2009. The spa balconies were much smaller than the vista suites. There was no room for a lounge chair on the spa balcony. Having said that I spent many hours on the balcony. It was actually slightly larger than on NCL. There was only one 110v outlet and one 220 v outlet(for the hair dryer) by the desk and one "shaver" outlet above the mirror in the bathroom . I brought a small power strip but the orientation of the outlet did not allow the mini power strip to fit. The decor was slightly "lighter" than the other cabins. [/img] small balcony[/img] We did get some discounts at the spa but it took a few days and asking several people what they were. The staff on the Veendam were very accommodating. They were able to allow access to more than one cabin on the key card. The other passengers were very nice. The average age was 65-70 but were very active and friendly. There were a few scooters but mobility issues were not an issue. There were about 20 children under 18 on board but my kids were mostly with us. The ship was pretty full with 1294 passengers. Our cell phone service worked most of the time on the ship. There were no problems getting seats at the buffet, lounge chairs by the pool, or seats at the shows. You could easily get a drink at the bar. The pool, spa and gym were never crowded. Probably the biggest disapointment was the main dining room. We had anytime dining and could only get in at 5:45 or 7:45. They seemed understaffed there. I usually don't go to the buffet on a cruise but we went to the buffet 3 times and the Pinnacle once, this was everyones favorite meal. I really enjoyed the happy hour in the Crow's Nest. Buy one drink and get the second for $1. I was able to take a few cans of beer and soda back to the room. I enjoyed the shows. I liked that they were short, usually about 40 min. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. The first port was Quebec City. There was a marathon that day so we were unable to get a taxi at the port. I would have appreciated this information prior to getting off of the ship so I could have changed my plans. Chateau Frontenac Quebec City[/img] More to come.....
  20. The Veendam will be at Pier 21 scheduled to depart at 17:00/5:00 PM EST (according to the port schedule and HAL itinerary) and the Koningsdam is at at Pier 26 and scheduled to depart at 16:00/4:00 PM EST. Times subject to change as always The webcams are at: http://portevergladeswebcam.com/ http://ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ The Koningsdam's 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer itinerary: Mar 07 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Mar 08 At Sea Mar 09 At Sea Mar 10 Philipsburg, Sint Maarten Mar 11 Castries, Saint Lucia Mar 11 Scenic Cruising Soufriere Bay Mar 12 Bridgetown, Barbados Mar 13 Fort-De-France, Martinique Mar 13 Daylight passing Mount Pelee Mar 14 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis Mar 15 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Mar 16 At Sea Mar 17 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Mar 18 Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Veendam's 10-Day Eastern Caribbean itinerary: Mar 07 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Mar 08 At Sea Mar 09 At Sea Mar 10 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Mar 11 Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy Mar 12 Castries, Saint Lucia Mar 12 Scenic Cruising Soufriere Ba Mar 13 St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda Mar 14 Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Mar 15 At Sea Mar 16 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Mar 17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  21. We're three couples researching a 2019 cruise for our respective anniversaries. It's every five years, this time will be 25,30,35 years per couple so ages are mid fifties through early sixties. In 2014 we sailed the Oasis with her 6000 passengers to the Caribbean and had a great time. Looking at getting to Cuba for this one and the Veendam is doing it. This is an older smaller vessel than we have ever sailed, and never having done Holland we're interested in the ship and entertainment aboard her. Is there enough music/bar/club in the evenings for us to have fun....? In order to get to Cuba we'll sacrafice the larger/newer ship just for the experience. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide us.
  22. Can someone tell me about the Retreat on Veendam? I know it is not like the Retreat with cabanas on the NA, Eurodam, etc. The description on the Veendam deck plan says it is a private area but what does this mean? I called Ship's Services and she says there is no charge but it is "first come, first served". How does this make it private? If that's the criterion for "private", the Culinary Arts Center is private! :)
  23. Dumb question, but is the main dining room opened on the Veendam when you first board the ship? Thank you!
  24. Just two dam ships in port today: the Veendam will be docked at Pier 21 and the Zuiderdam at Pier 26. Both are scheduled to set sail at 16:00/4:00 PM EST (subject to change as always). The webcams are at: http://portevergladeswebcam.com/ http://ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ The Veendam's 7-Day Authentic Cuba Itinerary: Jan 17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US Jan 18 At Sea Jan 19 Georgetown, Cayman Islands Jan 20 Costa Maya, Mexico Jan 21 Cozumel, Mexico Jan 22 Havana (La Habana), Cuba Jan 23 Havana (La Habana), Cuba Jan 24 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US The Zuiderdam's 10-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer Itinerary: Jan 17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US Jan 18 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Jan 19 At Sea Jan 20 Oranjestad, Aruba Jan 21 Willemstad, Curacao Jan 22 At Sea Jan 23 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal Jan 23 Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jan 23 Exit Panama Canal Cristobal, Panama Jan 23 Colon, Panama Jan 24 Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica Jan 25 At Sea Jan 26 At Sea Jan 27 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US ========================================== In San Diego the Oosterdam is scheduled to set sail at 16:00/4:00 PM PST - subject to change. The webcams is at: http://sundiegolive.com/ The Oosterdam's 16-Day Circle Hawaii Itinerary: Jan 17 San Diego, California, US Jan 18 At Sea Jan 19 At Sea Jan 20 At Sea Jan 21 At Sea Jan 22 At Sea Jan 23 Honolulu, Hawaii, US Jan 24 Honolulu, Hawaii, US Jan 25 Hilo, Hawaii, US Jan 26 Lahaina, Hawaii, US Jan 27 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii, US Jan 28 Kona, Hawaii, US Jan 28 Scenic cruising Kilauea Volcano Jan 29 At Sea Jan 30 At Sea Jan 31 At Sea Feb 01 At Sea Feb 02 At Sea Feb 03 Ensenada, Mexico Feb 04 San Diego, California, US
  25. Does anyone have pictures of cabin HH301 or cabin HH313 on the Veendam? Or any HH class cabin will suffice. I am trying to see what the "total obstructed view" would look like.
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