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  1. Just wondering if anyone has any information on the itinerary change for the Veendam leaving Ft. Lauderdale on 10/23. The email we got reports the reason being for "operational reasons the call to Half Moon Cay has been canceled and replaced with a call to Cozumel". Initially we were ok with this change as we love Cozumel but the change to the itinerary has us there on a Sunday from 1 pm to 11 pm. We are beach people and our normal go to beach resort is closed on Sundays. Plus the time in port sucks! I know this is a first world problem but I was looking forward to our whole day in the cabana. Just wondering what is going on with Half Moon Cay.
  2. We will be on the Veendam for the first time in a couple of weeks. I was looking over the deck plans and wondered about some of the outdoor decks/observation areas. With an inside cabin, we will be looking for places to be outdoors for sea days and sail away, etc. Can anyone give me a little more information on the following: 1. Is the area at the front of the gym easily accessible? Also, how about the deck above the Crow's Nest. I don't see it on the deck plan, but from looking at photos, it seems it is open for viewing. (Trying to avoid areas surrounded by glass but this might be pretty windy.) 2. Curious about the Retreat Area. I see there is a movie screen. Is it used? We have spent quite a few days on the Zaandam and loved the deck chairs on the Lower Promenade deck. Since the Veendam has Lanai cabins I'm guessing there won't be many chairs available there and I will be hanging out at the Retreat instead. Any other advice or hints for a first time Veendam cruiser?
  3. There seems to be only one gangway and it’s broken! It broke just after lunch...and is still broken and closed at 4pm. Not Hal’s fault but very frustrating that there appears to be no backup. No idea how the folks stranded on shore will get back...and those of us waiting for better weather after lunch now can’t get off. hals only failure was that it took them about 45 minutes to announce the problem, so people dressed for shore and went to the gangway to find that it was closed with no idea when/if it would open again....and workers on the dock and ship seem to be wandering around with no leadership...no Hal officer visible near the gangway although one hopes they are trying to get it fixed. it would be nice to hear something from the captain... we are here overnight with bar harbor port cancelled due to rough seas. We are going directly to Boston.
  4. Since I often see people wondering if they should book Veendam, I just thought I'd drop in and say that my Mom and I recently returned from an amazing Canada New England cruise on her. The ship was in great shape, the food was amazing and the service ... I can't even talk about it, just so, so good. My last few cruises have been on NCL, and the service there has been dropping like crazy. It's almost like I got used to it and forgot what great service looked like! Anyway, I'll be back to HAL for sure now, it was just so great and so restful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone to book her.
  5. We're going on the Veendam in a couple weeks (Montreal to Miami) and wondered if anyone knows is April dry dock included upgrading suites with USB ports and large interactive TV's etc. like the newer ships have. Just trying to figure out what cords to pack. We're in a Neptune. Thanks in advance.
  6. For the first time I am trying an interior cabin. It's just a 7 day cruise so I acquiesced . Just this once. I have a guarantee (K690 ) aft on the Main deck (5). the deck plans show nothing below on Deck 4. Does anyone know what is on the aft end of deck 4? Thanks
  7. Looking at the Veendam - cabins 082 or 232 Vista Suite with larger balcony. Any difference between them? Is Navigation Deck preferred? Any experience with these cabins and opinions would be appreciated. Thank you
  8. Greetings and thanks in advance....can anyone tell us what is directly above these two cabins? Have looked at cruise deck plans dot cm and it is unclear what is up there! Appreciate your help!
  9. Hi, Would like to meet people going on this trip.
  10. Does anyone know when the Veendam was last in dry dock and what was done? Is there a site where this information is posted for HAL ships?
  11. I’m looking for other cruisers views on the Holland America Cruise line ship... Veendam. Is it a good ship, bad ship, ok ship, no opinion?
  12. Going on the Veendam in April 2020 on a Transatlantic. I do not see much in the way of onboard entertainment on this ship. Are there decent movies to watch in your cabin?
  13. After skipping Tampa this upcoming season, 2019/2020, Holland America Line has decided to return to cruising from its long time Florida west coast port. The Veendam, which was the Tampa based ship for many years prior to 2008, is returning November 2020. She is scheduled to do 7 and 14 day itineraries much like those HAL has done for many years from Tampa. There is one 5 day initially and one 12 day at the end of the season. The 14 day, preferred my most HAL cruisers, varies port calls between Key West, San Juan PR, St Thomas VI, St Maartin, St Johns Antiqua, St Kitts, St Lucia, Aruba, Curacao, and Georgetown Cayman. The 7 and the 14 day combined for 21, cover mostly different ports. Not too long after HAL gave notice of leaving Tampa, Celebrity scheduled the Constellation for the 2020/2021 season, doing 10 &11 day itineraries. Veendam had been scheduled for Cuba cruises this upcoming season out of Ft Lauderdale, but is now doing standard Caribbean ports for there. Tampa works quite well for Cuba bound runs, so maybe she is in position to resume those if and when Cuba is reopened. In the meantime, those of us who prefer HAL will have a ship in Tampa, and Tampa will have more than Carnival/RCCL/NCL to choose from.
  14. We have a transatlantic booked on the Veendam for October 2020. It was for 17 days and now it is 14 days and they cut 3 ports out of the itinerary. Instead of ending in Ft. Lauderdale it now ends in Tampa. I checked the cruises after the transatlantic and there are no other cruises being offered on the Veendam. So I was wondering is the Veendam the next ship being retired?
  15. We are booked in a Lanai on the Veendam for a Dec. cruise. Although we have been on the Veendam several times we have never booked that style cabin so are curious about suggestions and opinions from those of you who have. We are 4*, getting older and want to have that experience at least once. All suggestions and opinions will be appreciated, good and bad!
  16. Hi all. I was hoping some of you can answer some questions for us. We absolutely LOVE cruising and have been doing so for over 45 years all in Caribbean but we have never sailed on Holland America and are looking at the VEENDAM. I am interested in December 28th sailing. But the reviews I am reading are so disappointing. Also does anyone have any reviews specifically on lower promenade H or HH? I know they say fully obstructed or partial obstructed but was hoping someone stayed in one and got a glimpse of the water. Thanks all in advance for your help!!!
  17. I am about to take my mom on her first (last minute) cruise on the Veendam, Canada New England. There are some great deals to be had. Anyone have any experience with the front porthole cabins? They are pretty much all that is left. Are they noisy? Is the motion terrible? Any advice you can give would be great. My mom is 72, in great health, slightly deaf (lol). She has never been on a ship, but has never suffered motion sickness. She IS slightly claustrophobic, which is why I'm thinking being able to see light from outside would be helpful, but I don't think we need a view or anything. It's a port intensive cruise, only one sea day, so I really think we will only be there to sleep and watch a movie before bed, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any advice or tips. Thank you all so much.
  18. I've been considering a cruise on the Veendam which includes more sea days than I'm used to and I'm concerned about going a little stir crazy. I know the Veendam is a smaller ship with fewer bells and whistles, and that's actually fine. I'm usually pretty good about keeping myself busy or occupied, but I can only spend so much time reading or hanging out in the gym. Can you give me some ideas of what to expect, then I can hopefully decide if it will be right for me? I really love the itinerary and I'd like to make it work.
  19. Hi folks, Heading on a cruise leaving Venice on Aug 7th for 12 nights ending up in Rome. We picked the cruise on the Veendam for the schedule which has some incredible stops. We have been concerned however about some of the reviews commenting on the age and quality of the ship. My wife and I are in our early 30's and anyone we have spoken to keep telling us we will be the youngest on board. Has anyone cruised on the Veendam or completed that tour? Thanks, Chris
  20. Waiting for Nov 6 2019 Veendam sailing revisions from HAL … why is it taking so long … is Jun 15 still the expectation?
  21. Hello, I have booked my 1st HAL in 15 years for a cruise that leaves Barcelona in 45 days. While my agent was booking air, a mistake was made then when he went back in the price was $100 higher. Has anyone had this happen? I'm thinking that the 1st reservation took the air out of inventory so price went up for any future bookings. Also, any tips on the Veendam would be appreciated.
  22. While HA “ know before you cruise” states that there is a self serve laundry aboard the Veendam, I’ve read a few reviews that imply that it has been removed. Any first hand recent knowledge? Departing in 10 days. Thank you all!
  23. We've cruised on Celebrity and Princess...never on Holland America. We have a choice of Princess or the Veendam on very similar cruises at very similar prices and we thought we'd give Holland America a try. Then we read the reviews 😞 Clearly there were major problems on a cuba cruise last year that soured many on the Veendam, but there were also many others talking about non working A/C, unclean public facilities and the rest. It's hard to feret out the real truth in reviews....some rave about a ship, some hate everything. I think the Veendam went to drydock in April (this year??)....which may have helped renew this older ship. I'm looking for some input on the real current state of the Veendam....and to some extent a comparison with Princess (balcony princess to standard suite on Holland America) but both with standard dining and equivalent perks.
  24. We are cruising to the Caribbean on the Veendam later this year and have booked an Oceanview cabin. Apparently there were no balcony cabins available when we booked back in January. I was wondering whether anybody has rented a fridge in this type of cabin. I gather space may be a problem. Cheers Rick
  25. Just booked one for January......for 7 days......do Canadians need to follow the rules for Americans on the ship and have organized tours that are for "cultural support the peoples of Cuba" reasons.....was looking at some tours available and get some rules from the United States Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) .....does anyone know if this applies to us also.....thanks...
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