We recently sailed a 7-day Canada and New England cruise on Holland America Line’s ms Veendam.
Launched in 1996, some parts of the Veendam show her age. Yet we found many things to like about this 22-year-old ship, which is named for city in the northeast part of the Netherlands.
The Lido pool has a retractable cover, allowing for the area to be opened or closed depending on the weather, which varied from 85 degrees F to 45 degrees F on our 7-day cruise in late May and early June.The Retreat, located at the aft end of the Veendam, is a raised area with several hot tubs and plunge pools.
This area of the ship is also home to the Bar at The Retreat, and New York Pizza, as well as plenty of alfresco dining and lounge chairs for sun worshipers. Deck six on the Veendam features a wrap-around teak promenade deck, perfect for walking laps or taking in sea air from one of the lounge chairs.
We appreciated this wide deck for walking laps and checking the outdoor temperature. While we love Holland America’s Koningsdam cruise ship with all of its more modern, contemporary amenities, we miss these wide open decks with a view that are a hallmark of the cruise line’s prior ships.
The lanai staterooms have a door that opens directly to the public wrap-around deck. Each lanai stateroom has two reserved deck chairs.This was the view from our ocean-view stateroom #774, a category D cabin located at mid-ship on the Veendam’s A Deck, or deck 4.
While Holland America’s newer Vista, Signature and Pinnacle class ships don’t offer self-service laundries, you can still find them on these HAL ships: Amsterdam, Maasdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, Veendam, Volendam and Zaandam.
One addition to the Veendam that was new to us was Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant — which took place one night of the cruise in the Pinnacle Grill Restaurant.While we’ve previously dined at the Sel de Mer restaurant on the Koningsdam, this “pop-up” event took this dining experience to a higher level of excellence.
We loved the playful Food Faces show plates (in photo above) made by Bernardaud, the leading French manufacturer of Limoges porcelain.
First, guests chose a basket of hot fries, either traditional or sweet potato. Then you could top them with a wide assortment of poutine toppings.
My poutine included sauteed mushrooms and sausage, covered with mushroom gravy, and then topped with classic poutine cheese curds.
Mr. Jones’ stuck to his college favorite: hot fries topped with brown gravy.
Have you sailed on Holland America’s Veendam cruise ship lately?
Check out these posts from other Holland America cruise ships:
- Views from Holland America’s Koningsdam Cruise Ship
- Views from the Nieuw Amsterdam
- Cruising the British Isles: Onboard the Prinsendam
- A Look Around Holland America’s Maasdam Cruise Ship
- A Look Around Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam
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