Holland America Veendam
Sailing to destinations in North and South America, the MS Veendam comes with the latest Signature of Excellence upgrades. Holland America set this ship out on the open seas in 1996, and in 2009, added such new features as Lanai and spa staterooms, the Retreat luxury pool experience, the Mix bars, and the Showroom at Sea. Along with these aspects, two decks of balcony cabins now provide great views toward the rear of the ship. Currently, 1,350 passengers have access to spacious accommodations. As travelers go to parts of South America, Bermuda, Canada, and New England, they can explore a $2 million collection of arts and antiques – a hallmark of all Holland America ships.
Dining and Accommodations
Even the standard options are luxurious on Holland America. Interior and Ocean View rooms let passengers sleep on Euro-top mattresses, use massaging showerheads and salon-quality hairdryers, and have access to a TV with a DVD library and fresh fruit. As the next level upgrade, the Lanai Staterooms come with the same features but provide access, through sliding glass doors, to the Lower Promenade deck. Verandah, Vista, and Neptune Suites add a new level to this already-solid foundation. Rooms come equipped with a mini-bar, custom stationery, fresh flowers, and access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge. As you dine onboard between ports, options are as follows: The Rotterdam Dining Room: Cruisers enjoy a five-course, continental meal in a formal atmosphere. Vegetarian and low-carb meals are available upon request, while travelers can find the best pairing through the extensive wine list. Pinnacle Grill: Holland America’s elegant dining space is known for meats and fish served on fine china. Canaletto Restaurant: Savor exquisite Italian cuisine, no matter where in the world you travel. Lido Restaurant: Holland America’s relaxed dining option features cook-to-order meals made out of fresh ingredients. Explorations Café: The perfect way to start your day begins in this coffeehouse atmosphere, where you can grab a cup and read the paper.
What to Do
For adults, the MS Veendam presents ample opportunities to relax, refresh, and expand your knowledge in between ports. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, now with more amenities with the spa staterooms nearby, offers the right services for trying out a new hair style or soothing sore muscles with a massage. As you through your vacation photos, edit and compile them with a professional presentation through the Digital Workshop. Here, Microsoft-certified professionals assist with showing cruisers how to take good photos, and then editing them and adding them to a scrapbook. Or to learn a new skill, sit through a dazzling presentation in the Culinary Arts Center, where master chefs put on demonstrations during your trip. For children, there’s Club HAL, a space with age-appropriate activities for those 3 to 12 years of age. Those 13 to 17 years old can meet up with their peers at The Loft and The Oasis. Later in the day, pick an entertainment option of your choosing. The Showroom at Sea offers world-class, professional performers, while the Crow’s Nest offers a beautiful view as you dance the night away. No matter if you’re looking to see Brazil or the stunning foliage of New England, the MS Veendam presents the perfect features for your trip. To book your vacation, browse the itineraries on Direct Line Cruises first and then make a reservation.