Veendam, Holland America, Quebec City, CanadaWe recently sailed a 7-day Canada and New England cruise on Holland America Line’s ms Veendam.

The last time we sailed on this 1,350- guest Statendam-class cruise ship was in 2012, when we sailed on it to Bermuda.

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.

Lido pool, ms Veendam, Holland America LineThe 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, ms Veendam, Holland America LineThe 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. Wrap-around teak Promenade deck, ms Veendam, Holland America LineDeck 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.

Lanai stateroom reserved chairs, ms Veendam, Holland America LineWhile the Veendam does not have verandah staterooms — you have to book a verandah suite to get a private balcony — the ship does offer lanai staterooms.

The lanai staterooms have a door that opens directly to the public wrap-around deck. Each lanai stateroom has two reserved deck chairs.view from ocean-view stateroom #774, ms Veendam, Holland AmericaThis 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.

self-service laundry room, ms Veendam, Holland AmericaWhile we did not use it, the photo above is of one of the self-service laundry room on board the Veendam cruise ship.

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.

self-service laundry hours, ms Veendam, Holland AmericaThe Veendam has three different self-service laundry rooms. You can view the locations and hours in the photo above.

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.Food Faces plates for Rudi’s Sel de Mer, ms Veendam, Holland AmericaWhile 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.

 Dover Sole Meunière, Rudi’s Sel de Mer, ms Veendam, Holland America The Dover Sole Meunière (pictured above) was a menu favorite of the Rudi’s Sel de Mer dining experience on the Veendam.

The ship also featured some foods associated with the ports on the Canada and New England cruise itinerary.Poutine Bar, ms Veendam, Holland America When in Quebec, the ship’s daily taco bar was turned into a Poutine Bar.

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.
Poutine, ms Veendam, Holland America
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.

Veendam cruise ship, Holland AmericaThis summer and fall the ms Veendam sails from Boston alternating itineraries to Bermuda, Montreal and Cuba.

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