This was our second cruise on the Veendam. Our last one was two years ago, and the decor was looking old and worn out. I was pleasantly surprised when we boarded this time and everything was shiny and new. Holland America has really stepped up their evening entertainment. Their in-house singers, dancers and band were fantastic. The music and choreography was beautiful, very professionally done, and at times breath-taking. The performers actually looked like they enjoyed what they were doing (unusual for cruise ship entertainers). One evening the show was a BBC Earth presentation with live music - also wonderful. Other favorite activities of ours were trivia and the piano bar. Majority Rules trivia-type game is one you don't want to miss - very funny. Barry from Boston in the piano bar is amazing. I also liked the flower arranging demonstration by the on-board flower guy. We loved the food in both the lido deck buffet and the dining room. Holland America never disappoints there. Our cabin was good, except the toilet had a nasty outhouse smell every time you flushed it. The only other thing I did not like on the cruise was the spa - they tried to pressure me to buy more and made me feel guilty that I only wanted one treatment. As for excursions, we never buy the cruise excursions. We always research and reserve our own ahead of time. We loved the S-Bikes downhill bike tour in Corfu, and the Montenegro Plus kayaking tour of the blue caves from Kotor. Overall, it was a great cruise, and it exceeded our expectations.

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Veendam Cruise Review by Happycuzers

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This was our second cruise on the Veendam. Our last one was two years ago, and the decor was looking old and worn out. I was pleasantly surprised when we boarded this time and everything was shiny and new.

Holland America has really stepped up their evening entertainment. Their in-house singers, dancers and band were fantastic. The music and choreography was beautiful, very professionally done, and at times breath-taking. The performers actually looked like they enjoyed what they were doing (unusual for cruise ship entertainers). One evening the show was a BBC Earth presentation with live music - also wonderful.

Other favorite activities of ours were trivia and the piano bar. Majority Rules trivia-type game is one you don't want to miss - very funny. Barry from Boston in the piano bar is amazing. I also liked the flower arranging demonstration by the on-board flower guy.

We loved the food in both the lido deck buffet and the dining room. Holland America never disappoints there. Our cabin was good, except the toilet had a nasty outhouse smell every time you flushed it. The only other thing I did not like on the cruise was the spa - they tried to pressure me to buy more and made me feel guilty that I only wanted one treatment.

As for excursions, we never buy the cruise excursions. We always research and reserve our own ahead of time. We loved the S-Bikes downhill bike tour in Corfu, and the Montenegro Plus kayaking tour of the blue caves from Kotor.

Overall, it was a great cruise, and it exceeded our expectations.
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