CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Veendam
Eastern Caribbean
December 21, 2005

Just completed 10 day cruise and was very impressed with new bedding and large towels.Veendam is going into dry dock for extensive renovations in Jan which will bring it up to the standards of the other ships It will receive a new enlarged work out area which is badly needed and will convert over the speciality coffee to a fee basis.The food continues to be a high point however some improvement is needed with desserts and bread items.The cheese tray after dinner needs some assortment and in particular should be different in the Pinnacle special restaurant.

The shows were well done with a very high energy dance group.Music in the various bars was very good before dinner with most people returning to their favorite each night.The activaties around the ship were well run with a decent particapation level.Most passengers appear to like this size ship and this will continue to be a selling point for Holland.Some 90% were repeat passengers and one individual had over 965 days of cruising on Holland.Getting on and off the ship was handled very efficiently whic always makes for a happy cruiser.Am convinced that a good cruise director is major part of a good cruise experience and they have it here with Jason and his asst gary.The former will be headind to the new Nordam shortly and deseves this opportunity.holland needs to continue ther efforts in attracting a younger crowd to perpetuate their goal of being the best of the main line cruise ships.Yoy will not go wrong picking this ship for the total cruising experience however do not expect much action in the crows nest after ten at night.

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