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  1. jkrislc

    Veendam Questions

    I'm looking at booking the Veendam for a Venice to Barcelona cruise, although we already have a Barcelona to Venice cruise booked on the Celebrity Constellation. The primary reasons are that we like HAL's service, the way they handle allergies, and better buffet and lido deck experiences. For my son, however, he prefers HAL for their in-room TV programming. Does anyone know whether the Veendam has been upgraded to the on-demand TV systems? If not, do they still have DVD players in the rooms and DVDs for checkout at Guest Services? Thanks!
  2. BaltimoreCruise

    Veendam

    My husband and I will be on the Veendam next week. Our second sailing on her in less than 12 months. Our first was to Cuba in April. We loved the size of the ship and the HAL staff. We booked the same cabin as we liked the location in April. I have a couple of questions for anyone that is currently on the Veendam or recently off the ship. What are the current movies? Have you had success upgrading the SPB with Explore 4 to the Elite Beverage Package? Will the mid-level unlimited wi-fi package permit words with friends games? Thank you. BaltimoreCruise
  3. I visited Cienfuegos on the Veendam on 12/15/18 and wanted to let people know what happens when you have a private tour arranged for this port. We were scheduled to be in Cienfuegoes from 8am - 5pm. It was announced the day before our arrival that people booked on HAL shore excursions would be allowed on the tenders first, starting at 8am. Passengers booked on a private tour (or visiting Cienfuegos on their own) would receive tender ticket staring at 9am. This was exactly what happened. I was able to get group 1 tender tickets at 9am but they did not call group 1 until 9:20am. We arrived at the dock right before 10am. If you book a private guide then you will need to leave the gated area and walk down the road a bit to a small park. This is where you will find the private guides. We were also told that the last tender for independent travelers was at 3:30pm back to the ship. Space might not be available on later tenders for independent passengers. The captain announced twice that he would only wait for people booked on a HAL shore excursion. Our private tour was great but lunch did not work out. We were supposed to have lunch as part of the tour. We did not arrive at the restaurant until 2:00pm where we proceeded to wait for a table. I asked the guide when that might happen. He said an hour or so since they only had one cook! Since we had to make the 3:30 tender back to the ship, we told him to skip lunch. Conclusion: I think for Cienfuegos I would book a HAL tour for a future trip. Cuba was fascinating and I cannot wait to go back.
  4. Rickster50

    HAL - Veendam

    Just wondering whether anybody has cruised on the Veendam lately and if so, what was the overall experience like? Cheers Rick
  5. We are considering a cruise on the Veendam. It has been a while since we have been on a smallish HAL ship. What's going to be done during the upcoming drydock? On demand TV? High-sided tubs replaced with walk-in showers or lower sided tubs? Updated decor? I would appreciate any info someone "in the know" could provide. Thanks!
  6. Hi, My wife and myself are cruising to the Eastern Caribbean & Cuba for 14 days in December,2019. I have checked out some HAL tours to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, San Juan and St Thomas and would like to compare those tours with any private tours people have taken to those places. Any feedback would really be appreciated. Thanks. Rick
  7. I'm deciding between a main deck o/v, and a lower promenade lanai on Veendam. I've been reading some older posts from when the lanai cabins were new, so I'm wondering if, as more people have tried them, I can hear more opinions. I like o/v cabins on lower decks to minimize movement and I do like having the ocean right outside my window. It's as if I'm really "on" the water. The lanai cabin would give me wonderful access to the promenade, where I tend to spend more time than the sunny pool decks. I like the shade and hearing the water against the hull. So I guess my questions are, if I get the o/v, will I still be able to find a deck chair on the promenade, and if I get a lanai, will the feeling be much different since I have to look out across the promenade to see water? I understand I'd have to close the curtains at night if I want privacy in the lanai, but I love the idea of poking my head out first thing in the morning for some fresh air. I think the price difference is about $400 US for 12 nights. Thank you for any opinions and insights. This will be my first time on HAL.
  8. We just got back from a 10 day cruise on the Veendam. The stops were Havana, Cienfuegos, Belize, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Now I would like to give you a completely "Unbiased Opinion" of the whole kit and kaboodle. Iam 68 and my wife 67 and we have been on atleast 15 cruises thru out our lifetime. The Veendam is an old ship and its starting to show just a little. Generally speaking we had a nice time but I would start by saying for us CUBA is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME STOP. Now granted thats just us but after taking a 8 Hour Tour of Havana and a 5 Hour Tour of the other city on the southside of the Island I would not go back again. You probably know that Cuba is extremely poor and it showed. The old classic cars in Havana were interesting but you can only look at just so many 1956 Chevys. LOL. We did not find the other stops all that interesting. Now onto the ship itself. Breakfast and lunch were always good and we really enjoyed that. The sit down more formal meals in the evening were quite dissapointing. We had taken a Holland America cruise about 4 years ago and lots have changed since then. Here are my biggest complaints in no particular order. Evening meals were very dissapointing. Didn't care for most of the offerings and the servings were very small. The internet was "INCREDIBLY SLOW" or sometimes just plain didn't work at all. The TV in the room was like a computer screen about 23" screen. We were on the Verandah Deck #9. It was sold to us as their version of a "Mini Suite". Ha, now thats a real laugher. It was 225 square feet and like being in a "SARDINE CAN" for 10 days. My wife was extremely dissapointed in the room itself. Just no room for your "stuff" if you know what I mean. Back to the TV. I think they got about 7 channels in total and you could watch a movie or you could watch MSNBC (for the Democrats) or you could watch FOX NEWS (for the Republicans). Not trying to be funny but the TV channel selections were absolutely HORRIBLE. We spent alot of money for this cruise and I don't know if Iam allowed to give the amount but with the so called mini suite, airfare, insurance, taxes, extra expense for their "Built in Tips Program", drinks, shore excursions, etc etc etc I truly spent alot of $$$$$$$. If Iam allowed to post it I will gladly do so. Was the whole enchilada worth it?????? Definitely NOT. We are going to be much more picky on our next cruise/vacation that I can assure you. THANK YOU.
  9. As we have only sailed the Noordam and Koningsdam would like to hear from the experts on the differences between the Veendam and Prinsendam. We are looking at the itineraries from South America back to Florida through the Amazon. The Veendam leaves from Rio which is our preference and is a shorter cruise. Our understanding is the Prinsendam is a better ship and there is a very good rate on the inside cabins at the moment, also our friend will be working on the Prinsendam. The problem with the P is it leaves from BA and we would have to get there from Rio and it would mean less time on land in Brazil. We are in our early 40’s and like a few drinks and a fun time, what will the crowds be like on these longer ships? The prices are good and we could then take a TA to Europe afterwards, the alternative is to spend a bit more and try an Azamara cruise direct from Rio to Europe. Appreciate any thoughts as concerned by the recent reviews of the Veendam.
  10. CretaMed88

    Veendam

    Veendam at Piraeus , for the first time. during her 50day world cruise dWb-9oTRCFE
  11. CLOUDYTOWN

    Veendam have Adagio?

    We will be on the Veendam in December/January and wonder if there is still Adagio or if they have converted to Lincoln Center style?
  12. We just got on the Veendam this afternoon. We had booked a guarantee lanai and were assigned to CA 331 10 days prior to sailing. The problem is the door to the deck is broken - and judging by the condition of the wooden block screwed to the sliding door channel to keep the door closed, the door has been broken for a considerable while - far longer than 10 days ago. So HAL knew about the condition of this cabin when they assigned it to us. The guarantee terms state we'll receive "an equal or better" cabin if we booked a guarantee, but what we have is basically an ocean view with a larger window, so in essence a step down. We were told we can't be moved to another cabin because the ship is fully booked. HAL has offered the difference in price between a lanai and an ocean view as a future cruise credit - but our planned vacations for the next couple of years don't include any cruises (on any lines not just HAL). I asked if this amount could be converted to OBC on this cruise, and this request is under consideration, but we may not get an answer on that from corporate until after Xmas. I am asking those wiser than me in the ways of HAL and cruising for their advice... Is there anything else I should be asking for? (Is OBC ever refundable?) We are both sorely disappointed in the room situation and I'd deeply appreciate your advice on what to do. Many thanks!
  13. It’s going to be a much quieter day in Fort Lauderdale for this sail a way. The only blue hulled beauty in port is the Veendam but what lovely itineraries she will be doing! Veendam is scheduled to be at pier 21 and will be sailing on the 27 day Amazon and Carnaval Explorer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Feb d1600); Key West, Florida (05 Feb 0800-1700); Willemstad, Curacao (09 Feb 0800-2300); Kralendijk, Bonaire (10 Feb 0800-1700); Oranjestad, Aruba (11 Feb 0800-2100); Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago (13 Feb 0800-1700); Scarborough, Tobago (14 Feb 0800-1700); St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines (15 Feb 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (16 Feb 0800-1700); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (18 Feb 1200-1800); Belem, Brazil (20 Feb 0800-1600); Recife, Brazil (23 Feb 0800-1800); Maceio, Brazil (24 Feb 0800-1400); Salvador De Bahia, Brazil (25 Feb 0900-1700); Ilheus, Brazil (26 Feb 0800-1600); Vitoria, Brazil (28 Feb 0930-1700); Ilhabela, Brazil (02 Mar 0800-1600); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (03 Mar a0800) and the 50 day Amazon and Carnaval Explorer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Feb d1600); Key West, Florida (05 Feb 0800-1700); Willemstad, Curacao (09 Feb 0800-2300); Kralendijk, Bonaire (10 Feb 0800-1700); Oranjestad, Aruba (11 Feb 0800-2100); Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago (13 Feb 0800-1700); Scarborough, Tobago (14 Feb 0800-1700); St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines (15 Feb 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (16 Feb 0800-1700); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (18 Feb 1200-1800); Belem, Brazil (20 Feb 0800-1600); Recife, Brazil (23 Feb 0800-1800); Maceio, Brazil (24 Feb 0800-1400); Salvador De Bahia, Brazil (25 Feb 0900-1700); Ilheus, Brazil (26 Feb 0800-1600); Vitoria, Brazil (28 Feb 0930-1700); Ilhabela, Brazil (02 Mar 0800-1600); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (03 Mar a0800); Fortaleza, Brazil (09 Mar 0800-1700); Santarem, Brazil (13 Mar 0800-1800); Boca da Valeria, Brazil (14 Mar 0800-1600); Manaus, Brazil (15 Mar a1000); Parintins, Brazil (17 Mar 0800-1700); Santarem, Brazil (18 Mar 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (22 Mar 0800-1600); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (23 Mar 0900-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Mar a0800) Also in port is the Independence of the Seas. The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Addicts, the Rotterdam is in Key West today and the Veendam will be in Key West on Feb. 5th. The Key West webcam is located at https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com Up next will be the Zuiderdam on February 6th, 2019
  14. It’s a day of contrasts in Port Everglades today with one of the smaller blue hulled beauties and a behemoth sailing. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I would rather be on the Veendam! Veendam is scheduled to be at pier 21 and sail at 5:00 pm. She is doing the 10 day Authentic Cuba. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan d1700); Cozumel, Mexico (27 Jan 0800-1700); Belize City, Belize (28 Jan 0800-1700); Roatan, Honduras (29 Jan 0800-1700); Cienfuegos, Cuba (31 Jan 0800-1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (01 Feb 1000-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Feb a0700) Also in port is the Independence of the Seas. The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Next up will be the Oosterdam on January 26th.
  15. It is bound to be a much calmer day in Port Everglades today compared to Sunday, but there is a blue hulled beauty setting to sail with lots of happy passengers on board on two different itineraries. (And, I bet they are all glad they are boarding Monday and not Sunday 😉 ) Veendam is scheduled to sail at 5:00 pm from pier 21. She has two different itineraries today. The first is the 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Jan d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (17 Jan 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (18 Jan 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (19 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (20 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (21 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (22 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Jan 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan a0700) The second is the 21 night Southern Caribbean & Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Jan d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (17 Jan 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (18 Jan 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (19 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (20 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (21 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (22 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Jan 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan 0700-1700); Cozumel, Mexico (27 Jan 0800-1700); Belize City, Belize (28 Jan 0800-1700); Roatan, Honduras (29 Jan 0800-1700); Cienfuegos, Cuba (31 Jan 0800-1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (01 Feb 1000-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Feb a0700) Also in port is the Majesty of the Seas - set to sail at 4 pm from pier 18 & Celebrity Infinity also set to sail at 4 pm from pier 19 For the Sail a Way addicts - the Niew Statendam will be in Nassau & the Rotterdam in Key West. Enjoy 😄 Next up is the Zuiderdam on January 16th.
  16. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1600. She is going on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 29 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 30 At Sea Monday, December 31 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday, January 1 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Nassau, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. She will be at Pier 21 (starboard to). Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 29 At Sea Sunday, December 30 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Monday, December 31 San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday, January 1 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port is Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0530-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday 29 December.
  17. ridgerunner51

    Veendam Wifi Pricing

    I understand wifi pricing is not available until you board the ship. Can anyone advise of wifi pricing on the Veendam lately? Thanks, Ridgerunner51
  18. For our first sail-away of 2019 we have three HAL ships to watch. Let’s hope CC doesn’t have problems like our last 2018 sail-away! Prinsendam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500 to 1600. She is headed out on her last Grand South America and Antarctica Grand Voyage as a HAL ship. We were told that sail-away would be at 1800 but she is still on the schedule for 1600. HAL ships with long itineraries traditionally sail later but we will see. I will let you know where we will be standing for sail-away after dinner tonight (17 of us from the roll call are going to dinner at The Boatyard). Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1800); Santa Marta, Colombia (07 Jan 0800-1700); San Blas Islands, Panama (08 Jan 1200-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (09 Jan 0500-0500); Panama City, Panama (09 Jan a2000); Manta, Ecuador (12 Jan 0500-2000); Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru (14 Jan 0600-1800); Callao (Lima), Peru (15 Jan a1100); Matarani, Peru (18 Jan 0800-1700); Iquique, Chile (19 Jan 0800-1700); Antofagasta, Chile (20 Jan 0800-1700); San Antonio, Chile (22 Jan 0800-1700); Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile (24 Jan 0800-1700); Castro, Chiloe Island (26 Jan 0800-1700); Puerto Chacabuco, Chile (27 Jan 0800-1700); Punta Arenas, Chile (30 Jan 0700-2000); Cape Horn, Chile (31 Jan); Ushuaia, Argentina (01 Feb 0600-2000); Grytviken, South Georgia (09 Feb 0800-1800); Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (12 Feb 0700-1700); Puerto Madryn, Argentina (14 Feb 0800-1700); Punta Del Este, Uruguay (16 Feb 0800-1500); Montevideo, Uruguay (17 Feb 0800-1800); Buenos Aires, Argentina (18 Feb a0800); Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil (22 Feb 0800-2300); Ilhabela, Brazil (23 Feb 0800-1700); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (24 Feb a0800); Ilheus, Brazil (27 Feb 0800-1700); Recife, Brazil (01 Mar 0800-1700); Fortaleza, Brazil (03 Mar 0800-1400); Belem, Brazil (05 Mar 0800-1800); Santarem, Brazil (08 Mar 0800-1800); Boca da Valeria, Brazil (09 Mar 0800-1400); Manaus, Brazil (10 Mar a1100); Parintins, Brazil (12 Mar 0800-1400); Santarem, Brazil (13 Mar 0800-1400); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (16 Mar 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Mar 0800-1800); Bequia, Grenadines (19 Mar 0800-1700); Willemstad, Curacao (21 Mar 0800-2359); Oranjestad, Aruba (22 Mar 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Mar a0700) Veendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0615 to 1700 . She will be doing a 10-day “Authentic Cuba” cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1700); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Jan 0800-1700); Belize City, Belize (07 Jan 0800-1700); Cienfuegos, Cuba (09 Jan 0900-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1700); Havana, Cuba (12 Jan a0700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Jan a0700) Koningsdam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545 to 1700. She is embarking on a 9-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1700); Tortola, British Virgin Islands (07 Jan 0800-1800); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (08 Jan 0800-2300); St Johns, Antigua (09 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700) Other ships in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0530 to 1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0630 to 1900. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 5 January. Thanks again to Jacqui for starting the sail-away threads while I am cruising.
  19. Other than size and capacity, what are the main differences between Oosterdam and Veendam? Food venues, pool, entertainment venues, casino.
  20. Fresh back from drydock, Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1600. She is headed out on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL December 11 At Sea December 12 At Sea December 13 St. Maarten December 14 Fort-de-France, Martinique December 15 St. Lucia December 16 Barbados December 17 Roseau, Dominica December 18 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands December 19 At Sea December 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0600-1600. She is doing an 11-day Cuban Explorer cruise. Monday, December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tuesday, December 11 Nassau, Bahamas Wednesday, December 12 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Thursday, December 13 At Sea Friday, December 14 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Saturday, December 15 Cienfuegos, Cuba Sunday, December 16 At Sea Monday, December 17 Roatan, Honduras Tuesday, December 18 Belize City, Belize Wednesday, December 19 Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Other ships in port are Serenade OTS at pier 29 (0430-1600) and Independence OTS at pier 18 (0530-1630). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ . For the addicts: Veendam will be in Nassau from 0800-1800 on 11 December (https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/) Rotterdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1600 on 12 December (https://www.portarubawebcam.com/) Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1600 on 13 December (https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/). Next up: Oosterdam and Prinsendam on Saturday, 15 December.
  21. For the first time this season we have three HAL ships in port. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She will be heading out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Monday, December 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday, December 25 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, December 26 At Sea Thursday, December 27 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0100-1700. She is taking a 7-day Authentic Cuba Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 23 At Sea Monday, December 24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Tuesday, December 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Wednesday, December 26 Cienfuegos, Cuba Thursday, December 27 At Sea Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL And finally, Prinsendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0500-1600. She will be leaving (taking Carole with her) on a 14 -day Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Monday, December 24 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Barbados Thursday, December 27 Tobago Friday, December 28 St. Vincent Saturday, December 29 Fort-de-France, Martinique Sunday, December 30 Guadeloupe Monday, December 31 Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tuesday, January 1 At Sea Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 29 from 0330-1600, Serenade OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0415-1800. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 22 December.
  22. Veendam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0500-1700. She will be leaving on a 10-day Cuban cruise. Friday, November 30 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 1 Key West, FL Sunday, December 2 At Sea Monday, December 3 Havana, Cuba Tuesday, December 4 Havana, Cuba Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 Cienfuegos, Cuba Thursday, December 6 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Friday, December 7 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Saturday, December 8 At Sea Sunday, December 9 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Monday, December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Silhouette (pier 25) from 0530-1600 and Serenade of the Seas (Pier 18) from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, December 1.
  23. Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0345-1800. She will be setting out for an 11-day Cuban cruise. Monday, November 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tuesday, November 20 At Sea Wednesday, November 21 Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, November 22 Belize City, Belize Friday, November 23 Roatan, Honduras Saturday, November 24 At Sea Sunday, November 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Monday, November 26 Cienfuegos, Cuba Tuesday, November 27 At Sea Wednesday, November 28 Havana, Cuba Thursday, November 29 Havana, Cuba Thursday, November 29 At Sea Friday, November 30 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Infinity from 0430-1600 at pier 4, Majesty OTS from 0515-1600 at pier 19, and Serenade OTS at pier 18 from 0545-1600. Arriving to Pier 25 will be the brand new (She was delivered to Celebrity on October 31) Celebrity Edge. She is due in about 0800 but, according to the PE schedule, she will not depart until Wednesday. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Key West from 1100-1800. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam on Wednesday, November 21.
  24. AlexCherie

    Veendam

    We were interested in the Veendam - a classic smaller ship from Holland America. There's really not a lot of current notes on the ship or to my thinking, about any of the older ships sailing around lately. I suppose it's only trendy to blog out if you are on the biggest, baddest super sized ship. But we aren't likely to crawl a wall; and there's not much in my wife and I that needs 24 different sub-districts of a ship designed to haul the population of Duluth through the Caribbean. That can be saved for another day. We wanted a nice, quiet trip through fishing villages around the Atlantic corridor and thank you very much we can do without throngs of people. We found a lower berth opportunity available at the last minute on the aging ship - leaving Boston only six days away. $399 for a trip to Montreal ... and with a few more minutes realized we could sail all the way back and tally $1,596. For me it's like getting insurance that you will have a great day in port - every stop is seen twice. Add in the not inconsiderable port charges/taxes, we barely tilted the scales at $2,500. Our last minute trips normally have us scrambling to use air miles to offset the increased fee at the terminal but our cupboard is barren - having sent those miles to family members. Instead of paying almost $1,000 to fly back and forth to Boston (normally about $400), we'll drive and park our car in a garage at $280. Add in an overnight hotel ($100?) midway to Boston and we are all in around $2,900. For essentially 28 days of travel, expenses sit at $100 per day, per person. So we are set today; we booked at the last minute a berth in the bowels of an aged vessel, complete with Jazz series and the Lincoln Center music and a trip to soothe the soul from Labor Day weekend to mid-September. Our boarding passes printed, we've made up a bunch of luggage tags. Why not? There's no carry-on limits on the RAV-4. Next up: hotel, parking and boarding the Veendam.
  25. Veendam 1.) The Captain may not take you to all of the ports on the itinerary. Our second stop in Cuba (the main reason for the cruise), Cienfuegos, was cancelled. A $50.00 per passenger shipboard credit was the purported compensation for the port cancellation. So many passengers complained that the Captain opened the Lido bar for 2.5 hours of free cocktails. There was no additional compensation for passengers that purchased a beverage package either before or during the cruise. Free cocktails means absolutely nothing to those who have already paid good money up front for a signature or elite beverage package. We were given a case number by our fabulous Neptune Lounge concierge. Case #364388. Waiting to hear back from corporate. 2.) The hot tub in the Greenhouse spa was either luke warm or not functioning for the entire cruise. Really annoying to buy a greenhouse pass and not be able to use/enjoy the hot tub at all. 3.) The Captains cocktail party for 3,4 and 5 star Mariners. I guess he was too embarrassed, nervous or just plain sick of listening to any more complaints because he only attended the event for 15 minutes. 4.) The plumbing on the ship leaves a lot to be desired. The toilets in the Spa and the gym were overflowing and inoperable on several occasions. The toilet in the men’s locker room was out of order for the entire cruise. Maintenance was constantly working on pipes around the ship. Promenade deck would be wet and slippery. Maintenance was working on the plumbing/pipes on the Navigation deck right outside of our Neptune suite for an entire afternoon while at sea. Tap, tap, tap, bang, bang, bang all afternoon. Then comes the telephone call that they need access to our suite. So much for resting and relaxing in our suite, let alone an afternoon nap. 5.) The internet is slow, which I understand but having hours of it being inoperable after you have paid to use it is annoying to say the least. 6.) One of the elevators was out of service for the entire cruise. 7.) The all day in room dining menu is a joke. There are a half dozen items and then sandwiches. The all day menu was not available at all on the 8th day of the cruise. 8.) Two points on the pool. Safety regulation are not enforced. They allow small children and not so small children to jump, dive, splash as long as they want to, which ended up being most of the day on several days. Obnoxious to say the least. When reported to the Officers, nothing was done. In fact, on one occasion two officers were present at the pool while the jumping, splashing and diving was happening and they looked the other way. Second point, the retractable dome was not opened on completely sunny days. This made the pool bar and dining area feel like Viet Nam in the summer. Not comfortable at all. 9.) The aft bar and the entire aft seating area on Lido was closed on 11/9 at 5pm for the remainder of the day. This is one of only 2 smoking areas available on the ship. The other area is the casino (on smoking days) where there is a table in the rear of the casino with 8 ashtrays on it and no chairs. No place to sit. Stand and smoke and get out. 10.) Fairly amusing is the fact that one very small, postcard sized critique card is handed out on the first day of the cruise. Gee, I wonder why????? The good part is that the crew are FABULOUS! The food in the Pinnacle (where we enjoyed dinner most of the time), dining room and Lido buffet is always extremely good and an interesting variety is offered. The crew and the food are the only reason to take a cruise on this ship.
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