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  1. Well, when booking, I don't generally look at elevator layouts, nor do I go floor by floor looking for dead ends.........my bad, I guess. As a 4* Mariner, I have a pretty good idea of what to expect on a HAL ship, and the Veendam falls seriously short of the 8+ others that I've sailed on. Changes since the drydock.........well, they took out a ton of the computer stations in the Explorers Lounge and replaced them with the most uncomfortable chairs and sofas that I've ever experienced. They added removable black bolsters in the showroom that actually lead to fewer seats if they are left in place and become tripping hazards when put on the floor in a dark room. The new chairs in the Lido have WHITE seats....another really brilliant move--NOT. There were also fewer servers in the Lido and English command by them and the line staff was much less than I've ever experienced. A strong odor of mold at the forward elevators near the theater was new, I guess. Same hot incandescent bulbs in the elevators, too. In room breakfasts are winnowed down to very few main offerings and no substitutions. If I never see a McDonald-oid triangle of hash browns again it'll be too soon. A breakfast entree that I got without an upcharge on the Prinsendam in May---steak & eggs with breakfast potatoes--was $9.50.............Main dining room breakfast was also very limited and had the same lazy potato patty on the plate.............. Our stateroom clearly did NOT benefit from the drydock.........a TV from the early 2000s--small with lots of horizontal lines when it had reception, no additional outlets or USB connections, a worn down & rock hard sofa, and an industrial screw used as a replacement for the handle on the shower control. I did like some of the cruise........the Captain, the ports, and the fact that the HVAC in the cabin and ship kept up well with the heat & humidity. The ship, however, really does leave a lot to be desired.
  2. Thank you Rich! Appreciate the fleet report! Looks like Veendam is in one of our favorite places! BARCELONA! Denise😊
  3. ms Amsterdam Hubbard Glacier Alaska 12:30 - 18:00 ms Eurodam Ketchikan Revillagigedo Islan 07:00 - 13:00 ms Koningsdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam Vladivostok Russia 06:00 - 19:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Ketchikan Revillagigedo Islan 11:00 - 19:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Kristiansand Norway 08:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Skagway Alaska 07:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Oosterdam Sitka Baranof Island 08:00 - 16:00 ms Rotterdam Akureyri Iceland 10:00 - 20:00 ms Veendam Barcelona Spain 10:00 - 23:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Juneau Alaska 08:00 - 18:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam Djupivogur 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  4. Veendam was in Dry Dock in April. Did you see any changes? I liked the Veendam when on her a few years ago When you booked you didn't see the ship was smaller and elevators were only at the front and back. No middle ones. Lido is small but fine, I like the Dive-In. All cruise lines have their Production Shows running for years. I'm glad you liked some things on your cruise.
  5. We just got off a 12 day cruise on the Veendam.........Of all of the HAL ships we've been on, this is the one that we liked the LEAST and our plan is to never cruise on her again. We find the dead end hallways caused by the galley to be very annoying. The elevators are too few & too slow. The Lido is small, chaotic, and generally more "cafeteria-oid" than any other Lido we've experienced. Aft cabins as far up as the 6th floor [that we experienced] are horridly noisy during docking and experience awful odor from the smokestack should the wind be blowing at the back of the ship. On this voyage, menus seemed limited and uninspired. Lido food for lunch was repetitive and very meh. The captain & EXC guide were wonderful, the cruise director was just OK. Production shows were the same 3 we've seen for TWO YEARS. Same BBC movie, too. Single night entertainers were great [and new].
  6. Harrumph. There's a lot more places the Prinsendam went to that the Veendam can't than just the Kiel Canal. HAL lost a lot of ports when the Prinsendam left the fleet. By no stretch of the imagination can the Veendam be called the 'new Prinsendam'.
  7. According to our Future Cruise Consultant here on the Amsterdam, Veendam is to be the new Prinsendam. She will be taking over most of the Elegant Explorer’s itineraries, except she can’t do the Kiel Canal. I’m not sure if she will be doing any “Grands”.
  8. Ruth is correct (once again). Look at the itinerary for when you want to go. Then consider pricing. That aft pool thing was goofy at the time, but it works now. There is water, about 3" deep with loungers there. We have been on Veendam a couple of times and enjoy the smaller ship feel that one gets on that class of ships. You don't wear yourself out getting from one end of the ship to the other. Nice library with a great coffee bar experience. Jim
  9. Hello can anyone give me info on and cabins H387 and HH 385 on the Veendam what do you see when you look out the window? Also what is the condition of the cabins because the reviews are not so good? Thank you in advance for your help.
  10. Hello can anyone give me info on and cabins H387 and HH 385 on the Veendam what do you see when you look out the window? Also what is the condition of the cabins because the reviews are not so good? Thank you in advance for your help.
  11. 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!!!
  12. ms Amsterdam Kodiak Island Alaska 07:00 - 14:00 ms Eurodam Sitka Baranof Island 08:00 - 17:00 ms Koningsdam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Glacier Bay Alaska 07:00 - 16:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Stavanger Norway 09:00 - 18:00 ms Noordam Juneau Alaska 10:00 - 22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Oosterdam Hubbard Glacier Alaska 14:00 - 18:00 ms Rotterdam Eskifjordur Iceland 11:00 - 18:00 ms Veendam Monte Carlo Monaco 08:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Vancouver BC Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Westerdam Haines Alaska 06:30 - 21:00 ms Zaandam Prince Edward Island Charlottetown 08:00 - 18:00 ms Zuiderdam Cruising
  13. kazu

    Pizza

    Not quite accurate. The Rotterdam and Veendam both have NY Pizza
  14. I was on the HAL Veendam a couple of weeks ago & Sirena was in most ports with us. Since I am sailing her for the first time in December, I took the opportunity to ask passengers from her if they liked the ship. I really didn't hear any negative comments.
  15. ms Amsterdam Homer Alaska 08:00 - 18:00 ms Eurodam Glacier Bay Alaska 07:00 - 16:00 ms Koningsdam Naples Italy 07:00 - 19:00 ms Maasdam Kanazawa Japan 11:00 - 23:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Skagway Alaska 07:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Nieuw Statendam Flam Norway 07:00 - 18:00 ms Noordam Ketchikan Revillagigedo Islan 07:00 - 15:00 ms Oosterdam Juneau Alaska 13:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Rotterdam Torshavn Streymoy 10:00 - 18:00 ms Veendam Livorno Florence-Pisa 07:00 - 19:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Glacier Bay Alaska 08:30 - 18:30 ms Zaandam Sydney Nova Scotia 10:00 - 18:00 ms Zuiderdam Belfast 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  16. 2 favorites, first one 1999 on the R1 sailing from Istanbul where we stayed 3 days and 2 nights and then visited Ephesus, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and finishing up in Athens for 2 1/2 days. Very special time in Athens as I touched bases with my roots meeting a bunch of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins who wined and dined us from 10pm to 2am at a beautiful outdoor restaurant on a hill with a great view of Athens. In 2007, we sailed on the Veendam from Venice round trip to Messina, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monoco, Corsica, Naples (Sorrento, Pompeii) and Dubrovnik. Great cruise with so many things to see and really not enough time. In Rome and Florence we had tours that started with the bus trip at 7am and didn't make it back to the ship until 830pm just in time to grab dinner in the buffet.
  17. ms Amsterdam Anchorage Alaska 08:00 - 21:00 ms Eurodam Juneau Alaska 13:00 - 22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Koningsdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Juneau Alaska 13:00 - 22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Nieuw Amsterdam Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska 09:00 - 09:30 ms Nieuw Statendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam Scenic Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Veendam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Ketchikan Revillagigedo Islan 10:00 - 18:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Halifax Nova Scotia 09:00 - 18:00 ms Zuiderdam Dublin 07:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  18. Two totally different itineraries. One is crossing the pond with some intriguing ports (ideal time to visit Newfoundland) & the other is exploring the Great Land and all of it’s scenery and wonders. No matter which itinerary our CC friends have chosen, we hope they enjoy every moment of their time in port and on board and, of course, we wish them safe travels, fair winds and smooth seas. Bon Voyage to Veendam - 12 day Voyage of the Explorers: JR42 ksmaxey & DW Bon Voyage to Amsterdam - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer: StLouisCruisers - have a great 50th wedding anniversary celebration on board Av8rix Bon Voyage everyone!!!!!! Have a great cruise and a WONDERFUL time!!!!!
  19. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Santorini Island Greece 08:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Kochi Japan 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Amsterdam Holland 07:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Vancouver BC Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Oosterdam Seattle Washington 07:00 - 16:00 Web Cam https://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ ms Rotterdam Amsterdam Holland 07:00 - 17:00 ms Veendam Naples 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ms Volendam Glacier Bay Alaska 07:00 - 16:00 ms Westerdam Seward Alaska 08:00 - 20:00 ms Zaandam Bar Harbor Maine 07:00 - 16:00 ms Zuiderdam Cobh 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  20. A Grand Voyage is like a world cruise but shorter. Ours was 82 days Los Angeles - Los Angeles around the Pacific Rim. You could buy segments or do the entire cruise with incentives similar to a world cruise. The food was good (They had upped the food budget). The desserts were lacking which means that I did not gain weight. Sushi, salad bowl, Asian soup bowl freshly prepared in the buffet in addition to American standards. They had berries for breakfast! The destination experts were excellent as was the excursion staff. It was 3 steps up from our previous b2b on the MS Veendam. We did an Azamara cruise around Japan, booked it for the itinerary a few months later. The food was really good, certainly more varied and sophisticated than on HAL. The excursion staff was inexperienced; the expert was a dud with 3 basic factual errors in the first 30 minutes of his first talk on Japan. I think this can happen on any line, but we often don't know the destination well enough to notice. We were looking at Oceania's world cruise. It's a bit too long for us and I don't like the cramped bathrooms of the standard balcony cabins of the R ships. As to passengers, I found most Oceania passengers easy going, but I also met extremely demanding people.
  21. Jacqui, that's Volendam - 25-Sep-19 - 23 day Panama Canal Av8rix Not Veendam Hope it's nothing serious with the dogs?
  22. ms Amsterdam Icy Strait Point Hoonah 07:00 - 14:00 ms Eurodam Seattle Washington 07:00 - 16:00 Web Cam https://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ ms Koningsdam Rhodes Island Greece 08:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Takamatsu Shikoku 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Vancouver BC Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Noordam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Oosterdam Victoria Vancouver 18:00 - 23:30 Web Cam http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 ms Rotterdam Leith-Edinburgh Scotland 00:00 - 01:00 ms Veendam Palermo 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Volendam Skagway Alaska 07:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Westerdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Zaandam Boston Massachusetts 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Cruising -- - --
  23. You see both, regardless of the direction. It's just the impression each makes after seeing Antarctica itself is different. Whatever comes after Antarctica suffers in comparison to coming before it. On one of my trips there I was up 33 hours coming home. Another trip was 39 hours (delayed flights). 'Grueling' is an understatement. I would be concerned about a larger ship acting as a wind sail if caught in a storm crossing the 'Drake Shake'. I've done that cruise on the Ryndam, Rotterdam, and Veendam, and we had some pretty rough seas on each of them. But even a friend who always wears a patch thought it wasn't so bad.
  24. I really like the Vista class ships (Westerdam) and have done the Zuiderdam and Oosterdam within the last year. We sailed the Veendam in Alaska in 2009 and are booked again on the Veendam in January 2020 for the Caribbean. The Veendam is a very nice ship but I think I would prefer a little larger ship under me for Antarctica and the Drake Passage. I am reserving comment for the Pinnacle class Nieuw Statendam that we sail in October.
  25. Thank you I Like Vacation. That link is very helpful! We are already booked up for 2020. I guess we would need to decide if we want to experience Antarctica on the Westerdam size. That is a significant difference from the Veendam. On the other hand there are Balcony cabins rather than jumping to a suite for your own outdoor space. Not sure how much that would matter in Antarctica.
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