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Veendam Review

2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Service
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4.0 / 5.0
815 reviews

Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging
Slow dining room service and room service delivery
Bottom Line
Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers




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Sails To
Sails From
Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Venice, Rome, Civitavecchia, Amsterdam
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Becky Beall
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Veendam Overview

Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on being on the water -- there are lots of beautiful water views and a large pool on the Lido Deck -- and social gatherings, with several inviting lounge spaces that inspire casual conversations with new friends.

Capable of holding 1,350-passengers, Veendam may be smaller than modern-day mega-ships but there is ample room onboard to accommodate a full ship without feeling overwhelmed by crowds. And, there are plenty of cabin for passengers to choose from.

Veendam maintains an air of sophistication with a multimillion-dollar art and antiques collection displayed tastefully throughout the ship and a stunning glass atrium spanning three decks. Warmly decorated common spaces attract cruisers to nooks and crannies where relaxing is a truly a pleasure, and airy bar areas invite passengers to sit, sip and sing along to favorite tunes or even hit the dance floor.

Active cruisers should note: Veendam is not a party-hearty type of ship. Instead, it attracts a more seasoned demographic looking to avoid loud music and hot tubs overflowing with kids. But, make no mistake: There are plenty of entertainment options aboard, from performances by Broadway-caliber singers and dancers, to the casino to the Ocean Bar with its live evening music and dance floor.

Foodies can work on their culinary skills at an America's Test Kitchen event (cooking show or workshop) and check out upscale culinary creations in Veendam's fine dining specialty restaurants. The tech challenged -- or curious -- can learn valuable tech tips at a Digital Workshop powered by Windows session.

Pool-lovers will quickly note the ship has only one pool, but it's lovely and is flanked by twin hot tubs. The best part? Without a strong presence of younger children onboard, there's always be plenty of room.

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Included with your cruise fare:

  • Main dining room, the Lido buffet and other select eateries
  • Movies (screenings in the Wajang Theater, plus DVDs for borrowing)
  • Evening theater performances
  • Sports Deck activities
  • Most daily activities, including Microsoft classes, unless noted below
  • Use of the fitness center, but not most classes or personal training

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for most people but $16 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (15 percent for both)
  • Specialty dining, wine and other drink tastings
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Fitness Center classes, such as Pilates, yoga and cycling
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to, bingo and casino play
  • Photos and art purchases

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Fellow Passengers

Veendam draws primarily North Americans, but most sailings also have a nice international mix of Asian, Latin American and European travelers as well. Look for couples, many of which are retired, and a handful of younger cruisers that are often with larger family groups. On European sailings, you'll notice a change in passengers with more Europeans, but still an overall older demographic, with most people over 60 and a fair amount in the 70+ range. Summer, spring break and holidays bring a few more families with children aboard, so plan accordingly.

Holland America Veendam Dress Code

Daytime: Casual is the norm with shorts and T-shirt most common inside the ship, and bathing suits being popular poolside. Don some flip-flops or sandals and a for dining inside during the day.

Evening: Most nights resort casual -- includes collared shirts and slacks for men; dresses, skirts or slacks for women -- is acceptable in all fine dining restaurants and the main dining room. Dark suit, tuxedo or jacket and tie for men cocktail dress, gown or dressy pantsuit for women on gala nights. Prepare for two gala nights per seven-day cruise.

Not permitted: Swimsuits and other pool wear, men's tank tops and shorts are not allowed in any restaurants during the evening hours. Jeans (except distressed) are acceptable ,except for gala nights when they are restricted to the buffet. Should you not wish to change out of your yoga pants, you'll need to choose the casual buffet option or order room service.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Holland America.

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Veendam Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Value For Money4.03.7

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Holland America Veendam departs from Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Venice, Rome, Civitavecchia and Amsterdam

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Holland America Veendam won 17 awards over the years, including Best for Dining, Best for Embarkation and Best for Service in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
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Holland America Veendam Member Reviews

Sail Date: Jan 2020
Veendam provided the perfect setting for a relaxing and pleasant week among "friends". The ship is older but still kept in very good condition.... Read More
Sail Date: Jan 2020
I don't know what all the fuss is about, but I actually loved the Veendam. This was my 7th HAL cruise and the 1st on the Veendam. If you want a quiet relaxing cruise this is the one for you.... Read More
Sail Date: Feb 2020
I will not go with Veendam again. I want more onboard activities when I cruise. The pace on this ship was just too slow for me but I don’t know whether the other HA ships are different.... Read More
Mustering up again
Sail Date: Jan 2020
The Veendam was by far the smallest ship we have been on so far, but because we have sailed Holland ships before, the general layout was similar.... Read More

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