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  • Holland-America-Veendam-1 - Guests aboard Holland America's Veendam will experience elegant dining rooms, spacious staterooms and a $2 million art and antiques collection.
  • Holland-America-Veendam-Panama-Canal - Holland America's Veendam sails through Panama.
  • Holland-America-Veendam - Guests aboard the Veendam will experience elegant dining rooms, spacious staterooms and a $2 million art and antiques collection.
  • veendam-in-halifax.jpg - Holland America's Veendam moored in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Neptune-Suite - Neptune Suites on your Holland America ship run about 575 sq. ft. and include a private veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to a king, floor-to-celing glass windows, dual sink vanity, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting area, dressing room, sofa, mini-bar, fridge, floor-to-ceiling windows and amenties. Staterooms include bathrobes, bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, safe and hair dryer.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Pinnacle-Suite - Book a Pinnacle Suite, also known as a Penthouse Suite, aboard your Holland America cruise and spread out with 1,296 square feel, including a king bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah, pantry, sofa bed, mini-bar, fridge, floor-to-ceiling window and complimentary services.
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-teak-deck-chairs - Pull up a teak lounge chair, relax and take in the view from the deck of your Holland America ship.
  • Holland-America-Veendam-Atrium - At the center of the atrium of  Holland America Line's Veendam is a luminous, spangled three-story spiral of cut crystal that climbs from floor to ceiling.
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Piano-Bar - Enjoy music with a talented and comedic keyboard host playing requests at the Piano Bar aboard your Holland America Line cruise.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-The-Retreat -  The Retreat is a relaxing getaway where guests may lounge in chairs and dip their fingers and toes in the water. The resort-style pool area on your Holland America ship also includes a  pool bar, upscale pizzeria named Slice and a giant LED screen for evening movies.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Lido-Pool-Aft - Sunny days are great for lounging at the Lido Aft Pool on your Holland America ship. (This is a shot of Maasdam; her sister ships Statendam, Ryndam and Veendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-SClass-Lido-Pool-Midship - The fresh water Lido Pool at midship aboard your Holland America Line ship with its sculptural trio of dolphins. (This is a shot of Statendam; her sister ships Maasdam, Ryndam and Veendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-Explorations-Cafe - Explorations Café aboard Veendam is a multi-purpose lounge that serves as the ship's Internet and library room and features a specialty coffee bar serving a variety of beverages and pastries.
  • Holland-America-Culinary-Arts-Center -  Improve your cooking skills from a roster of celebrated chefs as part of Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Merabella-boutique - The Merabella Luxury Shop on the Upper Promenade Deck of your Holland America ship is an exclusive jewelry boutique. (This is a shot on the MS Rotterdam.)
  • Holland-America-SClass-Showroom - A peek inside The Showroom at Sea, the entertainment lounge and theater  aboard Holland America Line's Veendam.
  • Holland-America-Veendam-1 - Guests aboard Holland America's Veendam will experience elegant dining rooms, spacious staterooms and a $2 million art and antiques collection.
  • Holland-America-Veendam-Atrium - At the center of the atrium of  Holland America Line's Veendam is a luminous, spangled three-story spiral of cut crystal that climbs from floor to ceiling.
  • Holland-America-Veendam-Panama-Canal - Holland America's Veendam sails through Panama.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Dining-Room - Holland America's Rotterdam Dining Room offers an extensive wine list and strives for impeccable service aboard Veendam.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-The-Retreat -  The Retreat is a relaxing getaway where guests may lounge in chairs and dip their fingers and toes in the water. The resort-style pool area on your Holland America ship also includes a  pool bar, upscale pizzeria named Slice and a giant LED screen for evening movies.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Pinnacle-Grill - In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Dining-Room - Holland America's Rotterdam Dining Room offers an extensive wine list and strives for impeccable service aboard Veendam.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Family-Style.jpg - Head to Canaletto for authentic Italian fare that celebrates "spartire" (Italian for "sharing").
  • HAL-Canaletto-Grilled-Lemon-Thyme-Seabass.jpg - A grilled lemon thyme sea bass served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Paparadelle-with-Shrimp.jpg - Paparadelle with shrimp served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Poached-Pear.jpg - A poached pear dish served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Veal-&-Sage-Polpettini.jpg - Veal and sage polpettini, a Pugliese specialty, available at Canaletto on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-Cannonball-burger-fries.jpg - Try a Cannonball burger with fries at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill, offering alfresco dining by the pool on your Holland America ship.
  • HAL-Land-&-Sea.jpg - Pair a surf-and-turf dish with a glass of wine on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-Pinnacle-The-Wave.jpg - The Wave, a chocolate-vanilla specialty dessert at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-The-DiveIn-hot-dog.jpg - Grab a hot dog or other quick bites at the Dive In on your Holland America cruise.

Veendam: A regal vessel outfitted with fine art & stylish staterooms

Have you sailed on Holland America's Veendam? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Named for the capital of Northern Netherlands' peat colonies, Holland America Cruise Line's  Veendam is a regal vessel full of art, fun and plenty of space to relax and take in the beauty of the high seas. Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms — many with private verandas, but also new and exciting venues and stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Who will like sailing on Veendam?

There is a good mix of international passengers from Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe, but the overwhelming majority is North American. Many guests are retired folks, with younger travelers often part of family groups, and the ship's programming is definitely geared to baby boomers and seniors.

Where Holland America's Veendam sails

Quebec, Boston, Amsterdam and the Panama Canal, a few of the many storied ports of call for the ms Veendam. Bermuda, Caribbean, the Eastern Seaboard of U.S., Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and a summer transatlantic crossing round out the annual itinerary.

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Dining

World-renowned master chefs lead the award-winning culinary staff in providing extensive dining options, including "light & healthy" items, continental and ethnic cuisines, and vegetarian dishes. All are available in a range of dining venues. Dining options include:

  • Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options.
  • Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.
  • Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.
  • Canaletto: an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Activities

Choose the blissful pampering of a facial. Let the trained hands of a body worker soothe your muscles while  massaging fragrant oils into your skin. Enjoy therapeutic water treatments as you steam in a thermal suite or bathe in exotic herbs. All this while cruising to exotic destinations and enjoying other Holland America's Veendam onboard experience and indulgences. Other onboard activities include:

  • Card Room
  • Puzzle Room
  • Ocean Spa fitness center
  • Beauty salon/barber shop
  • Massage, sauna and steam rooms
  • Jogging track
  • Swimming pools

Entertainment

Close your eyes  and imagine a floating extravaganza of entertainment. The choices are bountiful,  if you're looking for the relaxed scenery of a lounge, you'll find plenty. If you're in the mood for the mingling bar atmosphere, you'll feel at home in the many watering holes on board.

  • The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by Master Chefs or culinary guests.
  • Digital Workshop, powered by Windows: offering fun, free learning about digital photography, videos, scrapbooking, blogging and social networking.
  • Mix: an innovative meeting place featuring three specialty venues: Champagne, for mid-day mimosas or anytime celebrations; Martinis, for Grey Goose cocktails and martini flights; and Spirits & Ales for microbrews, single malts and sports updates.
  • The Retreat: a private resort-style pool experience offering sophisticated poolside amenities and service.
  • Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.
  • The Showroom at Sea: glamorous nightclub venue for world class entertainment.
  • Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270 degree views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
Neptune Suites on your Holland America ship run about 575 sq. ft. and include a private veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to a king, floor-to-celing glass windows, dual sink vanity, and whirlpool bath & shower.
Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineNeptune Suites on your Holland America ship run about 575 sq. ft. and include a private veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to a king, floor-to-celing glass windows, dual sink vanity, and whirlpool bath & shower.

Family-friendly

  • Club HAL: the dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
  • The Loft and The Oasis: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.

Staterooms

The Veendam features a penthouse suite and 28 other suites. Each of the 149 suites and deluxe staterooms has a private veranda, a VCR, whirlpool bath and minibar. All staterooms are equipped with sofas, hairdryers, individually controlled air conditioning, telephone with computerized wakeup service, multi-channel music system and closed circuit television.

In each room the beds can convert from one queen size to two singles. In addition, six staterooms are equipped to accommodate physically challenged passengers. Other unique options include:

  • Lanai staterooms: offering a private entrance onto the classic teak Promenade Deck.
  • Spa staterooms: located close to the luxurious Greenhouse Spa and Salon and offering special spa amenities.

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Your take

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: ms Veendam
  • Where: at sea

  • What: What's cooking?
  • Where: Culinary Arts Center

  • What: Lido pool
  • Where: ms Veendam
  • Take an early morning constitutional on the expansive teak deck.
  • Experience an essential oil massage, working out all the tension your landlubber life has created.
  • Upgraded in 2009, check out the new Lanai saterooms

Top dining options on board

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Pacific Northwest
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Lunch and dinner

Roterdam - Main dining room

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Canaletto

  • Style: Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

1,350 Passengers [?]
580 Crew
11 Decks
1996 Maiden voyage
57,092 Tonnage [?]
719 Length in feet
101 Width in feet (max beam)
2011 REFURBISHED

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