Launched in 1996, the Veendam cruise ship
is part of the Holland America Line fleet
. Beautifully presented, this well-proportioned vessel has the cruise line's 'Signature of Excellence' stamp, featuring elegant interiors, excellent entertainment venues, a great selection of eateries, spacious accommodation and many more attractive drawcards that keep guests coming back for more.
Specs: Veendam at a glance
The Veendam is a medium-sized vessel, weighing 57,092 tonnes and measuring 719 feet in length. She has accommodation for 1,350 passengers and 560 crew. Her cruise speed is 20.9 knots.
Accommodation: Veendam rooms and suites
The Veendam's staterooms and suites are the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day at sea or onshore. With a wide selection of sizes and classes, there's an accommodation type to suit all budgets and preferences, from tidy interior cabins to luxurious deluxe suites.
All standard cabins come with a flatscreen television, a DVD player, a table and chair and a hair dryer. Suite guests enjoy special perks such as free laundry and exclusive parties.
Entertainment: things to do on board the Veendam
A holiday on board the Veendam cruise ship is bound to banish boredom, with a great range of activities to keep you entertained day and night - here are some highlights:
Food: Veendam restaurants
Culinary demonstrations and wine tastings at the Culinary Arts Centre
Microsoft computer classes, including blogging and photo editing
Trivia, bingo, card games and other organised competitions
Broadway-style production shows in Veendam's Showroom at Sea
Ballroom dancing to live music by the Veendam Orchestra
Steiner-operated Greenhouse Spa, featuring a beauty salon
The Veendam restaurants are a feast for the senses; you can't go wrong with delicious food in charming settings. From family favourites to gourmet fine dining, there's an eatery for everyone on board.
Dining choices already included in your Veendam fare:
The Rotterdam Dining Room: main restaurant
The Lido Restaurant: buffet style dining
The Terrace Grill: burgers and hot dogs
Specialty dining options (not included in fare):
Destinations: Veendam itineraries
Canaletto: Italian restaurant
The Pinnacle Grill: steak and seafood
The Veendam has a rich and varied schedule, with sailings to Canada, the United States
, South America
, the Panama Canal
and the Caribbean
. No matter what your chosen destination, there is sure to be a great selection of shore excursions on offer, from touring vineyards in Nova Scotia to zip-lining in the West Indies.
Things to remember: On board the Veendam
Here are a few helpful hints for when you're planning a holiday on board the Veendam cruise ship
The dress code is casual during the day but switches to smart casual or formal as the sun sets - be sure to change out of jeans and into slightly more formal attire come 6pm.
Gratuities are added daily to your onboard account and the currency is US dollars.
The ship is great for families with children, especially during the summer months. Plenty of family fun is to be had in the Club HAL youth centre.