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Holland America Line ms Veendam Cruise Review

Although the Veendam seemed overdue for a maintenance overhaul, we didn't encounter operational issues.

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Introduction

First going to sea in 1996, the ms Veendam is the youngest of Holland America’s four-vessel S class of ships. But it has a few features that distinguish it from sisters Statendam, Maasdam and Ryndam. Instead of Holland America’s usual Sea View Pool on the aft Lido Deck, Veendam has The Retreat, an outdoor movie screen with a pair of small wading pools (one deck up); in place of the swimming pool are 31 additional cabins. And Veendam is one of just three Holland America ships with Lanai category accommodations, cabins that open directly onto the (shared) Promenade.

Veendam has a fairly diverse sailing schedule: The ship spends most of the summer and fall in New England and Canada, with winters alternating between itineraries around South America’s Cape Horn and into Antarctica with voyages to Hawaii and along Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Little did we know that, shortly after our voyage, Veendam was going to get slammed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with a rare “unsatisfactory” rating following an inspection. To hear about our experience aboard Veendam, read on.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Ocean-view Cabin
  4. Other Cabins
  5. Cabin Amenities
  6. In-Room Dining
  7. Dining
  8. Drinks
  9. Recreation
  10. Cafés
  11. Lounges and Public Spaces
  12. Sports and Fitness
  13. Retail
  14. Other Activities
  15. Shows and Other Entertainment
  16. Nightlife and Shows
  17. Pools and Decks
  18. Pools
  19. Decks and Sun Areas
  20. Services and Staff
  21. Deck Plans
  22. Staff and Ship Policies
  23. Health and Safety
  24. Conclusion
  25. Rotterdam Dining Room
  26. Lido Restaurant
  27. Canaletto
  28. Pinnacle Grill
  29. Terrace Grill
  30. Explorations Café
  31. Crow’s Nest
  32. MIX
  33. Ocean Bar
  34. The Showroom at Sea
  35. Greenhouse Spa and Salon, Gym
  36. Sports Deck
  37. Lido Pool and Lido Bar
  38. Slice and Bar at the Retreat
  39. Outdoor Walkaround
  40. Sky Deck
  41. Club HAL, The Loft and The Oasis
  42. Neptune Lounge
  43. Digital Workshop
  44. Signature Shops
  45. Wajang Theater and Culinary Arts Center
  46. Hudson Room and Half Moon Room
  47. Photo Gallery
  48. Art Gallery
  49. Atrium and Front Office
  50. Casino
  51. Explorer’s Lounge
  52. The Retreat
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