Cruise Ship Profiles

Ship specifications, photos, itineraries, accommodations, dining venues, notable rooms, activities, children's areas, deck plan, enhancements, incidents, accidents and more.

Tropical Weather

Atlantic

ALL CLEAR for cruisers

 

Eastern Pacific

ALL CLEAR for cruisers

CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 93 (Aug)
2010 Rating 96 (May)
2011 Rating 98 (Sep)
2012 Rating 93 (Apr)
2012 Rating 77 (Aug)
2012 Rating 92 (Oct)
2013 Rating 96 (Oct)
2014 Rating 99 (Jan)
2015 Rating 100 (Aug)
2016 Rating 100 (May)
2016 Rating 99 (Nov)

Veendam News

Veendam Experiences Propeller Problems - Cruises Cancelled

posted Oct. 3, 2014 

Repair work has been in progress to address a technical problem with one of the propellers on ms Veendam. As work has progressed alongside in Quebec, it has been determined that a complete repair can only be made in a dry-dock.

As a result, Holland America Line regrettably must cancel the seven day Canada & New England cruises on ms Veendam departing Oct. 4 from Boston to Quebec and Oct. 11 from Quebec to Boston.

Guests booked on the seven-day Oct. 4th and Oct. 11th sailings will receive a full refund of their cruise fare plus a future cruise credit of 100 percent of their cruise fare paid. In addition, we will reimburse non-refundable expenses such as missed tours and excursions that were purchased through Holland America Line.

The ship will sail under its own power without guests from Quebec to Philadelphia where the dry dock work will take place. All services and safety systems on the ship are fully operational.

Possible Norovirus Outbreak on HAL ms Veendam

posted February 25, 2014

The CDC boarded the ms Veendam on February 22 to conduct a health assessment after 114 passengers and 10 crew reported norovirus-like symptoms during an eight-day Caribbean cruise. Read more...

Passenger overboard from ms Veendam

posted January 8,2014

News outlets on the West Coast are reporting a passenger possibly overboard from Holland America's ms Veendam as it headed for San Diego. Read more....

Itinerary

Winter sailings include 17-day and 18-day Hawaii Circles, 32-day Hawaii & Panama Canal, 22-day Panama Canal and Mexico, and 7-day Mexican Riviera itineraries. Shorter routes are available.

Spring and summer sailings include 7-day Eastern Caribbean, 9-day and 14-day Canada and New England.

In July, the Veendam sails a 35-day Voyage of the Vikings to Amsterdam and back to Boston.

Fall sailings resume out of Boston to Canada and New England with 7-day and 14-day options.

Fall season ends with a Panama Canal voyage to San Diego from which 7-day Mexican Rivera and 18-Hawaii itineraries are resumed.

See Holland America for specific dates, itineraries, and ports of call.

Updated March 2017

Deck Plan

Sky Deck

The Oasis Pool and Deck area

Sports Deck

Crow's Nest, Practice Tennis Court, Basketball Court, Club HAL, The Loft

Lido Deck

Observation Deck, Fitness Center, Thermal Suite, Aerobics, Men's Locker Room, Beauty Salon, Massage Room, The Greenhouse Spa & Salon and Women's Locker Room, Lido Pool, Whirlpools, Lido Bar, Terrace Grill, Lido Restaurant, Lido Terrace, Canaletto Restaurant

Navigation Deck

Bridge, Passenger Staterooms, Neptune Lounge

Verandah Deck

Passenger Staterooms

Upper Promenade Deck

Showroom at Sea (upper level), Ocean Bar, The Atrium, duty free shops, Casino, Mix Bar, Exploration's Cafe, Explorations Lounge, Queen's Room, Future Cruises Desk, Pinnacle Grill, Upper Rotterdam Dining Room

Promenade Deck

The Showroom at Sea, Photo Gallery, The Atrium, Hotel Manager office, Purser, Photo Lab, Front Office, Shore Excursions, Art Gallery, Wine Tasting Bar, Wajang Theater and Culinary Arts Center, Meeting Rooms, Lower Rotterdam Dining Room

Lower Promenade Deck

Passenger Staterooms

Main Deck

Passenger staterooms

A Deck

Passenger Staterooms, Medical Center

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Veendam

veendam cruise ship

Named for the capital of Northern Netherlands's peat colonies, the ms Veendam is the fourth and final ship in the S Class. At 720-feet, the ms Veendam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each suite has a private verandah. The ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Specs Accommodations
News Notable Rooms
Itinerary Dining Venues
CDC Ratings Outdoor Venues
Deck Plan Kid's Camps
Adults Only  

 

Specifications

Ship Class: S Class

Launched: 1996

Refurbished: 2009 & 2011

GRT: 57,000

Length: 719 ft.

Draft: 25 ft.

Speed: 22 knots

Passengers: 1,350

Accommodations

All staterooms feature the Mariner Dream Bed with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

All suites include comfortable bed duvets, fully-stocked mini-bars, VCR/DVD players with access to an extensive video/DVD library, personalized stationery and use of the exclusive concierge-staffed Neptune Lounge.

Lanai staterooms feature doors that open directly onto the walk-around promenade, while Spa staterooms located near the Greenhouse Spa offer exclusive amenities such as an organic cotton bathrobe and slippers, yoga mat, water fountain, special room service menus and treatments, and more.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 141-226 Sq. ft.
Ocean View & Lanai 174-256 Sq. Ft.
Verandah Spa 244 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Vista 292 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Suite 556-1159 Sq. ft. w/veranda

Interior

Interior staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a standing shower, ice service, nightly turn down service, and complimentary fruit upon request.

Ocean View

Large or standard ocean view staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a standing shower, ice service, nightly turn down service, and complimentary fruit upon request. Different categories of rooms contain different window arrangements, from picture windows, to portholes, or obstructed view window.

Lanai

Lanai rooms have sliding doors that open onto the lower promenade deck. They have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, glass sliding doors, and flatscreen TV and DVD player.

Verandah Spa

A unique stateroom category, Verandah Spa staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other amenities are ice service, nightly turn down service, complimentary fruit upon request, yoga mats, iPod docking station, countertop water feature, and exclusive spa treatments.

Vista Suites

Vista Suites, or Verandah Suites, have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, and fresh flowers. They offer a variety of pillow types, oversized bath towels, personalized cruise stationary, and one-touch concierge service.

Neptune Suites

Neptune Suites have 2 lower beds that convert into 1 king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool bath and shower, a large sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, one sofa bed for two persons, and fresh flowers. Amenities include use of the Neptune personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottled water, corsages and boutounerries on the first formal night, cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner upon request, and a cocktail party with the ship's officers. Special disembarkation service is provided, as is priority boarding for tenders and priority dinner seating requests. Guests in Neptune Suites also can access the exclusive Neptune Lounge.

Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse)

Pinnacles Suites have 1 king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized whirlpool bath and shower, a large living room, dining room, dressing room, a guest toilet, and a private verandah. Other suite features include a mini-bar, refrigerator, one sofa bed for two persons, and fresh flowers. Amenities include use of the Neptune personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottled water, corsages and boutounerries on the first formal night, cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner upon request, and a cocktail party with the ship's officers. Special disembarkation service is provided, as is priority boarding for tenders and priority dinner seating requests. Guests in Neptune Suites also can access the exclusive Neptune Lounge.

Dining Venues

$=Specialty restaurant, surcharge applies

Main Dining Room

Two level Rotterdam Dining Room. One level of the restaurant offers a flexible/open dining service from 5:15 to 9 p.m. daily, and the other hosts two seatings, an early seating at 5:45 p.m. and main seating at 8 p.m. Guests selecting flexible open seating may make reservations daily during a cruise up to 4 p.m. or simply walk up anytime during dining hours.

Canaletto Restaurant ($)

Canaletto is your destination onboard for an intimate Italian dinner. The evening begins with the chef’s selection of antipasti with a taste of the delicious fare and personal, polished service to follow. Lunch is complimentary, but dinner is $10 per person.

Lido Restaurant

Main buffet with three main-to-order stations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Terrace Grill

Kid-friendly menus including tacos, hamburgers and hot dog on the pool deck.

Pinnacle Grill ($)

A premium dining experience with Bulgari China, Riedel stemware, and high-end sterling silver tableware. Courses include premium Double R Ranch beef and fresh seafood complimented by a Wine Spectator "Excellent" awarded wine list. A $29 per person surcharge applies. On every voyage, the Pinnacle Grill offers "An Evening at Le Cirque" for a unique taste of Sirio Maccioni’s legendary New York restaurant. The price to dine is $49.00 per adult, per evening.

Room Service

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day.

Notable Rooms

Showroom at Sea

Main showroom features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedy acts.

Mix

Lounge featuring three distinct bars into one area —Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales.

Casino 

A full service casino with slots, cards, roulette and more.

Ocean Bar

Lounge with panoramic views offers music and dancing.

The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine

State-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests. 

Explorer's Lounge

Coffees, drinks and liqueurs are served to the classical sounds of the Adagio Strings.

Explorations Café

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.

Crow's Nest

Features sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.

Outdoor Features

Lido Deck

Main pool area featuring a Hydro Pool (forward), Lido Pool and Bar (amidships). 

Sports Deck

Volleyball & Basketball Court.

Kids Only

Club HAL® - Kids

Children, ages 3-7, can participate in such activities as story telling, fabric painting, indoor games, ship tours, arts and crafts, charades, Uno®, drawing contests, ice-cream sundae parties, bingo or a farewell pizza party. A colorful, expanded playroom  with art tables, big-screen TV, puzzles and games (children must be potty-trained in this area - no pull-ups).

Club HAL® - Tweens

Tweens, ages 8-12 might learn golf putting, have disco parties and theme parties, participate in the award-winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Program on Alaska cruises, compete in on-deck sports events, compete in scavenger hunts or simply play Ping-Pong with a friend.

The Loft and The Oasis

Teens, ages 13-17 will especially enjoy the teen disco, dance lessons, video games, teen sports tournaments, card games, trivia contests, bingo, movies and videos.

The Oasis

Follow a special passageway upstairs from the Loft to find the private entrance to The Oasis, a secluded teens-only sun deck. There is plenty of space to relax and socialize, as well as comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks, a nine-foot high water fall, cave and wade pool to cool off from the sun, and a state-of-the-art sound system. 

After Hours

Club HAL® After Hours is available on all ships (except the ms Prinsendam) from 10:00pm - 12:00am. The fee is $5 per child, per hour. Parents must pick up their children on time or a late fee is charged. For babysitting outside of the hours offered in Club HAL, guests may check at the Front Office to schedule this service provided by staff on a voluntary basis only.