Holland America Veendam

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The ms Veendam celebrates the most modern advances in guest amenities and nautical design. It is a graceful, mid-siz ed ship with a high-degree of personal service and a tranquil setting.

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7-day Canada & Ne Discovery

Veendam
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Departing Date: May 16, 2015
Departing From: Boston, Massachusetts, Us Check In Starts At 0100p
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Ports of Call: Boston, Massachusetts, Us Check In Starts At 0100p | Bar Harbor, Maine, Us Tender Required | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ca | Sydney,canada | Charlottetown, Prince Edward Ca | Quebec City, Quebec, Ca Overnight Times Subject To | Quebec City, Quebec, Ca Times Subject To Tidal Con
Interior

$760

Oceanview

$979

Balcony

$2067

Suite

$2177

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Itinerary: 7-day Canada & Ne Discovery

Itinerary
Location
Arrival
Departure
Sat May 16, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts, Us Check In Starts At 0100p -- 4:00 pm
Sun May 17, 2015 Bar Harbor, Maine, Us Tender Required 7:00 am 3:00 pm
Mon May 18, 2015 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ca 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue May 19, 2015 Sydney,canada 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed May 20, 2015 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Ca 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015 Cruising Gulf Of St. Lawrence Cruising Only -- --
Fri May 22, 2015 Quebec City, Quebec, Ca Overnight Times Subject To 8:00 am --
Sat May 23, 2015 Quebec City, Quebec, Ca Times Subject To Tidal Con 6:00 am --

Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.

Holland America Veendam Facilities / On Board Activities

Dining / Dinner Entertainment / Recreation Gratuity Policies
No. of Dinner Sittings:
2

Usual Dinner Hours:
6:00pm & 8:00pm

Special Diet:
Yes, with advance notice

Dress Code:
Appropriate attire
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs - 5
Card Rooms
Casino
Library
Movie Theater/Cinema
Piano Bar
Pools - Indoor
Pools - Outdoor
Whirlpools
Cabin Steward, Server and Maitre d'
$10.00 Per Person/ Per Day
Services Shopping Health and Beauty
Audio/Visual
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon
Clergy - 2
Laundry/Ironing/Dry Cleaning Service
Photo Processing
Print Shop
Public Address Systems
Shore Excursion Desk
Duty Free Shops Infirmary
Massage Room
Sauna/Steam Rooms
Whirlpool Spas

Holland America Veendam Onboard Experience

Holland America CruisesAs you board these ships, a beaming Indonesian or Filipino staff member in white gloves greets you delightedly and then shows you to your quarters. Many of the most fondly recalled elements of the classical style of cruising are unmistakably alive and well here. You'll find no feverish singles action here, and the casino closes at an hour that will horrify some high-rolling insomniacs. What you will find is a palpable reverence for culture, art, and antiques, and lots of fresh flowers. If large cabins with private verandas, ballroom dancing and bridge float your boat, these, moderately-priced premium cruises may well be the boats to float it.

Veendam is fully subscribed to Holland America's "Signature of Excellence" program of enhancements to nearly every area of the ship. New features include tableside waiter service at dinner in the Lido, a new Culinary Arts Program with show kitchen for demonstrations and classes, expansion of spa and fitness facilities, upgraded Club HAL Kids Centers, and new shore excursions. The Explorations Cafe is a combination library, Internet center, music listening area and sidewalk cafe. Staterooms now offer the best mattresses and duvets sold in Europe, flat screen TVs, and DVD players. There's early boarding and a choice of four dinner seatings.


Holland America Veendam Things to Do

Entertainment:
Holland America CruisesThe main lounge presents variety shows, a lavish Broadway-style revue and an energizingly fervent dance production. There's a jazz quartet in the Ocean Bar and fresh hot popcorn in the Wajang Theater, where you can see first-run films every afternoon and evening.
 
Fitness:
These ships all have large spa and windowed Ocean Spa gyms attractive enough to make even the most determinedly sedentary want to come in. The sauna/steam rooms, segregated by gender, are impossible to fault. Way up top is a jogging track, isolated from cabins and other activities to spare non-joggers the sound of thundering hooves. On the deck, comfortable striped cushions line a large pool covered by a retractable dome on Lido Deck, just the thing for rainy days in Alaska. The Dolphin Bar, with umbrellas and wicker chairs, is an unbeatable spot for a late afternoon drink and snack after a visit ashore.


Holland America Veendam Dining / Dinner

Cuisine:
Cuisine varies a great deal from dish to dish, ranging from flavorless to divinely prepared and cooked; desserts generally score well with most people, while meat and fish may be over-cooked or arrive luke warm. Some of the most interesting meals occur at the buffet, when various ethnic cuisine is featured served. Watch for the seafood buffet where you might find delicious crab claws available by the plateful.
 
Restaurants:
There are tables for two, four, six and eight in the opulent two-level Vista Dining Room, which benefits from sea views and a romantically twinkling, fiber optics-lit ceiling, Rosenthal china, sparkling crystal, and crisp linens. There are four dining seatings - 5:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Casual breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight buffets featuring ethnic cuisine are served in the Lido restaurant adjacent to the pool.

The cozy, intimate Pinnacle Grill specializes in the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. Its dedicated galley includes 1600-degree grill. Bulgari china, unique holloware and a dedicated service staff enhance the elegant atmosphere, as too does the wine list, which features several California and Washington vintages not offered in the main dining room. Reservations are required and there is a $20 service charge.

Twenty-four-hour room service is very efficient, and between meals you can order from a large list of snacks, salads and sandwiches. At mealtimes, you can order from the same menu those in the dining room are perusing.
 
Service:
Holland America's Indonesian and Filipino crew is warm and gracious, though not always as fluent in English as American and British passengers might prefer. Speak slowly and make sure they understand what you need, because they can be to polite to ask you to repeat yourself.


Tipping:
For years Holland America was known for its no-tipping policy, intended to make passengers believe that staff were doing it for love, rather than money. (Yeah, right.) Nowadays, though, gratuities of $10.00 per person (including children) are automatically added daily to the shipboard account for dining and stateroom service. Visit the front desk to adjust that amount. That a 15 percent service is automatically added to bar bills should surprise no one.
 
Attire:
On the two weekly formal nights, half the men opt for dark suit rather than renting a tuxedo. Casual on these ships means comfortable, but T-shirts, jeans, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are all forbidden in the dining rooms and public areas.


Holland America Veendam Ambience

Decor:
Holland America CruisesWarm colors graced by antiques and reproductions with subdued lighting in cocktail lounges. Marble and luxurious fabrics are ubiquitous.
 
Public Areas:
Veendam may lack the breathtaking atria typical of other ships built in the 1990s, but it is remarkably easy to find your way around. The large Ocean Bar, with sea views by day and romantic lighting at night, is the most popular spot for pre- and post-dinner cocktails, though it gets serious competition from another cozy lounge, the sing along piano bar. The 89-seat Explorer's Lounge offers a string quartet or a harpist performing light classical favorites in the evening.

The glamorous two-story main dining rooms, framed with floor-to-ceiling windows, feature a dramatic staircase and a classical trio holding forth demurely from a perch on the top level. Just outside the second level, ladies will find a wonderful, spacious powder room with ocean views.

The main show lounge has two floors and a wide stage, with comfortable seating, though sight lines from the balcony are partially obscured. There is a large dance floor in front of the stage and the onboard 9-piece orchestra plays pre-dinner dance music nightly. The Crows Nest observation lounge, with its 320-degree view, is the perfect place from which to watch your departure from port; at night it becomes the shipboard "disco" dance room. The beautiful wood-paneled library has etched glass doors, comfortable chairs and ottomans, an inlaid marble table, and excellent reference and travel book sections. The nearby card room can simultaneously accommodate four dozen players.

One sour note: The library requires a $25 deposit of anyone wishing to borrow a book.
 
Cabins:
Aboard the Statendam you'll find some of the largest cabins afloat, all beautifully appointed with handsome fabrics and attractive art. Standard inside cabins are 182 sq. feet, while outside staterooms are 197 sq. feet, with enough closet and drawer space for the serious traveler. Balcony cabins offer considerably more interior cabin space than you might expect. The Penthouse suites with private verandahs are a huge 1,100 square feet, and include wonderful amenities. The 563-square foot suites, ultramodern with large private verandahs, are nearly as grand. The 120 deluxe category A and B cabins are 284 square feet (including verandah), each with VCR, minibar, and sitting area. There are whirlpool tubs in the bathrooms.

Stateroom amenities include bathrobes, a complimentary fresh fruit basket on arrival, stainless steel ice buckets and serving trays for use with in-cabin beverages and massage shower heads in every bathroom. For Deluxe Verandah and Penthouse Suite passengers, concierge service is available in the Neptune Lounge, a private retreat where they can relax, read and socialize.

The outside cabins on the Lower Promenade Deck have pedestrian walkways (and thus, at least intermittently, pedestrians) between their occupants and the ocean. While special reflective glass precludes said pedestrians from peeking in during the day, at night you have to close your curtains.

Deck Plans: Veendam

Deck Plans
Room Category Legend

A  Vista Suites
A  Vista Suites
B  Vista Suites (Some Accessible)
BA  Vista Suites
BA  Vista Suites
BB  Vista Suites
BB  Vista Suites
BC  Vista Suites
BC  Vista Suites
BQ  Spa Verandah Stateroom
C  Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
CA  Lanai Stateroom (Some Accessible)
CA  Lanai Stateroom
CA  Lanai Stateroom (Some Accessible)
D  Large Outside Stateroom
DA  Large Outside Stateroom
DA  Large Outside Stateroom
DD  Large Outside Stateroom
DD  Large Outside Stateroom
E  Large Outside Stateroom
EE  Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
F  Large Outside Stateroom
FF  Large Outside Stateroom
FF  Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
G  Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
G  Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
H  Large Outside Stateroom
H  Large Outside Stateroom
HH  Large Outside Stateroom
HH  Large Outside Stateroom
I  Large Inside Stateroom
I  Large Inside Stateroom
IQ  Standard Spa Stateroom
J  Large Inside Stateroom
J  Large Inside Stateroom
K  Large Inside Stateroom
K  Large Inside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
L  Large Inside Stateroom
L  Large Inside Stateroom
M  Large Inside Stateroom
M  Large Inside Stateroom
MM  Large Inside Stateroom
MM  Large Inside Stateroom
N  Standard Inside Stateroom
N  Standard Inside Stateroom
NN  Standard Inside Stateroom
PS  Pinnacle Suites
S  Neptune Suites
SA  Neptune Suites (Some Accessible)
SB  Neptune Suites
VQ  Spa Verandah Stateroom


A Deck
Hollandamerica Veendam Deck Plans

Staterooms: Veendam

Holland America Line - Veendam : Lanai Stateroom
Lanai Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Lanai Stateroom (Some Accessible)
Lanai Stateroom (Some Accessible)
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck. Accessible rooms include roll-in shower, wide interior & exterior doors.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Large Inside Stateroom
Large Inside Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Large Inside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
Large Inside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower. Accessible rooms include shower only with small step, step into bathroom, standard interior & exterior doors.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Large Outside Stateroom
Large Outside Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. All DD-category staterooms have a partial sea view. All HH-category staterooms have fully obstructed views. G and H cabins may have portholes instead of windows.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
Large Outside Stateroom (Some Accessible)
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. All DD-category staterooms have a partial sea view. All HH-category staterooms have fully obstructed views. G and H cabins may have portholes instead of windows. Accessible rooms include shower only with small step, step into bathroom, standard interior & exterior doors.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Neptune Suites
Neptune Suites
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Neptune Suites (Some Accessible)
Neptune Suites (Some Accessible)
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows. Accessible rooms include shower only with small step, step into bathroom, standard interior & exterior doors.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Pinnacle Suites
Pinnacle Suites
Bedroom with 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, guest toilet, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Spa Verandah Stateroom
Spa Verandah Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Standard Inside Stateroom
Standard Inside Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Standard Spa Stateroom
Standard Spa Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Vista Suites
Vista Suites
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Holland America Line - Veendam : Vista Suites (Some Accessible)
Vista Suites (Some Accessible)
Floor-to-ceiling windows lead to a private verandah spacious enough for lounging and dining. Queen-size bed, whirlpool bath, sitting area, VCR, mini-bar and refrigerator. Accessible rooms include shower only with small step, step into bathroom, standard interior & exterior doors.

Other Dates: Veendam

Date
Bonus
Itinerary Name
Inside From
Outside From
Select
October 22, 2014 --- 17-day Panama Canal $2503 $2862
November 8, 2014 --- 24-day Mexican Riviera & Circle Hawaii Collectors' Voyage $5957 $7101
November 8, 2014 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera $1872 $2199
November 15, 2014 --- 17-day Circle Hawaii $1850 $2177
December 2, 2014 --- 18-day Circle Hawaii $1741 $1959
December 2, 2014 --- 25-day Hawaii & Mexican Riviera Collector Holiday $2721 $3211
December 20, 2014 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera Holiday $1087 $1305
December 27, 2014 --- 24-day Mexican Riviera & Hawaii Collector Holiday $2558 $2830
December 27, 2014 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera Holiday $1217 $1414
January 3, 2015 --- 17-day Circle Hawaii $1632 $1741
January 20, 2015 --- 18-day Circle Hawaii $2394 $2612
January 20, 2015 --- 32-day Circle Hawaii & Panama Canal Collectors' Voyage $4355 $4900
March 7, 2015 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera $760 $978
March 21, 2015 --- 25-day Mexican Riviera & Circle Hawaii Collectors' Voyage $2939 $3320
March 28, 2015 --- 32-day Circle Hawaii & Panama Canal Collectors' Voyage $4028 $4410
March 28, 2015 --- 35-day Circle Hawaii & Panama Canal Collectors' Voyage $4246 $4628
April 15, 2015 --- 14-day Panama Canal $1959 $2177
April 15, 2015 --- 17-day Panama Canal $2177 $2394
May 2, 2015 --- 7-day Bermuda $815 $1033
May 9, 2015 --- 14-day Bermuda & Canada/new England Collectors' $1522 $1850
May 9, 2015 --- 7-day Bermuda $869 $1033
May 23, 2015 --- 14-day Canada/new England & Bermuda Collectors' $1740 $2068
May 23, 2015 --- 7-day Canada & Ne Discovery $870 $1088
May 30, 2015 --- 7-day Bermuda $1033 $1196
June 6, 2015 --- 14-day Bermuda & Canada/new England Collectors' $1958 $2394
June 13, 2015 --- 14-day Canada & Ne Discovery $4704 $5390
June 20, 2015 --- 14-day Canada/new England & Bermuda Collectors' $2285 $2667
June 20, 2015 --- 7-day Canada & Ne Discovery $1196 $1469
June 27, 2015 --- 7-day Bermuda $1305 $1469
July 11, 2015 --- 14-day Canada & Ne Discovery $4802 $5390
July 25, 2015 --- 18-day Voyage Of The Vikings $4682 $5771
July 25, 2015 --- 35-day Voyage Of The Vikings $7732 $8712
August 29, 2015 --- 14-day Historic Coasts/canada & Ne Discovery $5009 $6937
September 5, 2015 --- 14-day Canada & Ne Discovery $5554 $6937
September 5, 2015 --- 7-day Canada & Ne Discovery $1414 $1632
September 12, 2015 --- 14-day Canada & Ne Discovery $5771 $6937
September 19, 2015 --- 14-day Canada & Ne Discovery $5880 $6937
September 19, 2015 --- 7-day Canada & Ne Discovery $1523 $1741
October 17, 2015 --- 19-day Panama Canal $2168 $2603
October 21, 2015 --- 15-day Panama Canal $2060 $2494
November 5, 2015 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera $920 $1083
November 19, 2015 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera $1029 $1192
November 26, 2015 --- 17-day Circle Hawaii $2303 $2851
December 20, 2015 --- 7-day Mexican Riviera Holiday $1300 $1518
December 27, 2015 --- 21-day Mexican Riviera & Panama Canal Collector Holiday $3146 $3526
January 17, 2016 --- 14-day Southern Caribbean $1843 $2060
January 17, 2016 --- 21-day Southern / Western Caribbean $2440 $2711
January 31, 2016 --- 21-day Western / Southern Caribbean $2441 $2711
January 31, 2016 --- 7-day Western Caribbean $866 $975
March 20, 2016 --- 7-day Western Caribbean $974 $1083
April 12, 2016 --- 12-day Southern Caribbean $1518 $1734

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