ms Veendam

ms Veendam Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Veendam

Year built1996  /  Age : 23
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassStatendam
Building costUSD 150 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)219 m / 719 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage57092 gt
Passengers1350 - 1620
Crew588
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks13
Cabins675
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2016
Sister-shipsMS Maasdam, MS Ryndam (P&O Pacific Aria), MS Statendam (CMV Vasco da Gama)
Christened byDebbie Reynolds

Current itinerary of ms Veendam

ms Veendam current cruise is 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean & Authentic Cuba. The itinerary starts on 14 Jan, 2019 and ends on 04 Feb, 2019.

Date / TimePort
14 Jan 17:00      Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida   
17 Jan 08:00 - 16:00     Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
18 Jan 08:00 - 16:00     Castries, St Lucia Island   
19 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Bridgetown, Barbados   
20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Fort-de-France, Martinique   
21 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     St Johns, Antigua   
22 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI   
24 Jan 08:00 - 16:00     Half Moon Cay, Bahamas private island   
25 Jan 07:00 - 17:00     Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida   
27 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Cozumel, Mexico   
28 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Belize City   
29 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras   
31 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
01 Feb 10:00 - 18:00     Falmouth, Jamaica   
03 Feb 08:00 - 16:00     Half Moon Cay, Bahamas private island   
04 Feb 07:00      Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida   

Review of ms Veendam

Launched in 1996, ms Veendam is the 4th and last Statendam (S-class) ship of Holland America, together with MS Statendam (now CMV Vasco de Gama), MS Ryndam (now Pacific Aria) and MS Maasdam.

History - construction and ownership

Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch cargo and passenger shipping company operating regular Transatlantic crossings between Holland and the Americas. HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million. Among company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean private island).

Holland America MS Veendam cruise ship

The 57,092-ton, 1,266-passenger cruise ship ms Veendam still keeps her traditional strengths. Veendam's signature has been her personal ambience and multitude of retreats, where cruisers might enjoy a quiet moment or a book. Passengers might still carve out a private space - whether in one of the blissfully convenient window-facing lounge chairs in the Explorations Cafe, a corner of the Crow's Nest or Explorer's Lounge, a padded deck chair on the Deck 6 walk or one of the many slices of outer decks stepped up the bow of the cruise liner. The only time that passengers really feel the crowds, is when they are queuing up for dinner in the Rotterdam Dining Room or the Lido Restaurant, the same as other cruise ships.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Veendam itinerary program is based on Canada cruises from Quebec and Boston MA in the summer, Mexican Riviera cruises and Panama Canal transits on repositioning.

(December 22, 2017 through April 2018), MS Veendam cruises to Cuba leaving roundtrip from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale Florida). HAL's 7-, 11-and 12-days long Cuban cruise itineraries also visit other Caribbean ports of call. Prices started from USD 900 per person (double occupancy inside cabin rates). Bookings opened on May 26, 2017.

Cabins

MS Veendam has a total number of 675 cabins (of which 193 Suites, no Balcony, 138 Inside, 16 Spa rooms) in 31 grades. Most ms Veendam staterooms are 175-255-sq.foot oceanview rooms (345). Almost 30% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 18 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard ms Veendam are the Pinnacle Suites (935 ft2). There are also Lanai cabins (38, category CA, on deck 3), Spa cabins (3 - Interior, IQ category), Spa suites (12, BQ).

Implemented fleetwide in 2019, "Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. Bonus perks by this program include:

  • priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations)
  • 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations)
  • exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes)
  • dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours)
  • room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs)
  • sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing).
  • Club Orange Restaurant is part of the Main Dining Room (designed as separate VIP dining section).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Veendam's restaurants include the Rotterdam Dining Room, the Lido buffet, and the intimate Pinnacle Grill. There is also a casual poolside option for hot dogs and burgers, a coffee bar, and complimentary room service round-the-clock (from hot breakfast choices to dinner selections). The Lido buffet is efficient and has great sea views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The buffet serves continental breakfast from 6:30 a.m., full breakfast (7-11 a.m.); lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.); and dinner (6-7:30 p.m.) Hours are adjusted during embarkation/debarkation and on port days. There are extended hours for ice cream, sandwiches or late-night offerings. Tea and coffee are available at the Lido at all times. The lines are manageable, even at peak times, with lots of available tables.

Follows the complete list of ms Veendam restaurants and food bars.

  • Pinnacle Grill (62-seat reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into “An Evening at le Cirque” once per cruise via partnership with NYC “Le Cirque” French restaurant.
  • Rotterdam Restaurant (696-seat, aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options – 2 fixed seatings or “Any Time” dining between 5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
  • Lido Restaurant (372-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6:00 a.m. -11 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annex; operates as Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required)
  • Slice (poolside Pizzeria).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The vessel's $2 million art collection retains the overall feeling of stylish and traditional with superb antique Delft, marble busts, armor and paintings of old Holland America vessels on display. Even nightlife - one of Holland America's weak points - has been enhanced by the refurbishment; the open plan of Deck 8 creates a superiorly vibe in the evenings when the energy of the casino spills over into the bar places, and shoppers in the stores get lured across the walkway to the piano bar when they hear a favorite tune. By day there are trivia games, Bridge, Bingo, Sudoku, movies, cooking demos and mixology classes. Poolside bands play various music on sailaways and sea days. The New York Times-sponsored Explorations Cafe is ship's active hub throughout the day and evening. It holds more than 2,000 books plus a host of periodicals and DVD library. There are write-on/wipe-off crossword puzzle tables, touch-screen interactive maps and a cubby of puzzles and games. An adjacent card room and computer/Internet stations are also available. Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats.

Holland America MS Veendam cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Veendam lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
  • Promenade Deck, Walking Track (jogging is not permitted)
  • The Showroom at Sea (600-seat theater/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Queen’s Room (40-seat meeting room, hosts digital workshops via Microsoft partnership, computer classes, social networks, blogging, photo editing)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Wine Tasting Bar, Gourmet Shops (bottles available for purchasing, wine sampling)
  • Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Centre (203-seat cinema; offers culinary classes and cooking shows presented in demonstration kitchens)
  • Atrium Terrace with boutiques; Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
  • Ocean Bar (121-seat Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Casino (served by Casino Bar and Sports Bar)
  • Hudson Room (40-seat meeting room; used as Cards Room)
  • Half Moon Room (60-seat meeting room)
  • MIX Lounge (has 3 parts, with live music and trivia games)
  • Explorations Cafe (88-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (60-seat lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Neptune Lounge (24-seat club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
  • Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room); 2 jacuzzis
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon; Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar
  • The Retreat (sun deck area, adults-only)
  • Crow’s Nest (250-seat observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Tennis Court; Basketball Court; Shuffleboard
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco)
  • The Oasis (40-seat teen-only outdoor area).

ms Veendam wiki

Holland America Veendam cruise ship (named after the capital city of the Dutch province Groningen) is the line's 4th (last) S-class vessel, with sisterships MaasdamRyndamStatendam. Veendam's Maiden Voyage was on January 14, 1996. Its godmother is Debbie Reynolds (actress).

Ship's interior is floral themed. In the Atrium area, it has a 3-story high impressive cut-glass sculpture titled "Jacob's Ladder". Also, there's an over US$2 million art collection on board - from classic paintings of life and stylized flowers to ceiling flower themed murals. A valuable antique is a Japanese samurai armor from the late 17th-century.

In 2009, during the drydock refurbishment in Freeport (Bahamas), 2 decks of new balcony cabins were added to the ship's rear. The refit also added Lanai staterooms on Promenade Deck.

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The below listed ms Veendam cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Holland America fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 30 21 days, round-trip Cuban Explorer Collectors' Fort Lauderdale
2018 Dec 10 11 days, round-trip Cuban Explorer Fort Lauderdale
2018 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Authenic Cuba & Eastern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale
2018 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Holiday Fort Lauderdale$861
2018 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale$699
2019 Jan 04 10 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$1173
2019 Jan 14 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean & Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale
2019 Jan 14 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale$749
2019 Jan 25 10 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$749
2019 Feb 04 50 days, round-trip Amazon & Carnaval Explorer Fort Lauderdale$4599
2019 Feb 04 27 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro Fort Lauderdale$1799
2019 Mar 03 23 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale Rio de Janeiro$3149
2019 Mar 26 11 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Apr 14 21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Venice Fort Lauderdale$1549
2019 Apr 14 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia Fort Lauderdale$779
2019 Apr 28 17 days, round-trip Mediterranean Magic Civitavecchia$2149
2019 Apr 28 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$949
2019 May 05 21 days, round-trip Adriatic Dream & Greek Odyssey Venice$2949
2019 May 05 10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$1299
2019 May 15 23 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$3449
2019 May 15 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$1799
2019 May 27 11 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$1799
2019 Jun 08 24 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$3649
2019 Jun 08 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$1999
2019 Jun 20 24 days, round-trip Adriatic Dream & Greek Odyssey Venice$3149
2019 Jun 20 12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$1799
2019 Jul 02 24 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2949
2019 Jul 02 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$1499
2019 Jul 14 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$1599
2019 Jul 26 24 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$3449
2019 Jul 26 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$1799
2019 Aug 07 19 days, one-way from Venice to Lisbon Venice$2649
2019 Aug 07 12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$1799
2019 Aug 19 19 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Boston Civitavecchia$1849
2019 Aug 19 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon Civitavecchia$949
2019 Aug 26 19 days, one-way from Lisbon to Montreal Lisbon$2099
2019 Aug 26 12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Boston Lisbon$1099
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston$999
2019 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal$999
2019 Sep 21 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston$999
2019 Sep 28 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal$999
2019 Oct 05 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston$1099
2019 Oct 12 11 days, one-way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale Montreal$1069
2019 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Nov 06 14 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba / Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1699
2019 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Nov 13 14 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean / Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$1699
2019 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Nov 27 14 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba / Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$1599
2019 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2019 Dec 04 14 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean / Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$1539
2019 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale$799
2019 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$799
2019 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip Cuban Explorer Holiday Fort Lauderdale$1599
2019 Dec 28 11 days, round-trip Cuban Explorer Holiday Fort Lauderdale$1799
2020 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2020 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2020 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$899
2020 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Authentic Cuba Fort Lauderdale$999
2020 Apr 22 31 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale$3799
2020 Apr 22 17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale$1449
2020 May 09 28 days, round-trip British Isles & Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$4899
2020 May 09 14 days, round-trip British Isles Explorer Amsterdam$2599
2020 May 23 28 days, round-trip Baltic, North Cape & Norway Explorer Amsterdam$4899
2020 May 23 14 days, round-trip Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$2599
2020 Jun 06 35 days, round-trip North Cape, Spitsbergen & Icelandic Fjords Explorer Amsterdam$6849
2020 Jun 06 14 days, round-trip North Cape & Gems Of Norway Explorer Amsterdam$2599
2020 Jun 20 35 days, round-trip Spitsbergen, Iceland & British Isles Explorer Amsterdam$6799
2020 Jun 20 21 days, round-trip Spitsbergen & Icelandic Fjords Explorer Amsterdam$4599
2020 Jul 11 28 days, round-trip British Isles & Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$4899
2020 Jul 11 14 days, round-trip British Isles Explorer Amsterdam$2599
2020 Jul 25 28 days, round-trip Baltic, North Cape & Norway Explorer Amsterdam$4899
2020 Jul 25 14 days, round-trip Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$2599
2020 Aug 08 31 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Venice Amsterdam$5049
2020 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip North Cape & Gems Of Norway Explorer Amsterdam$2599
2020 Aug 22 30 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Venice Amsterdam$4999
2020 Aug 22 17 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Venice Amsterdam$2699
2020 Sep 08 28 days, round-trip Turkey, Greece & Holy Land Explorer Venice$4899
2020 Sep 08 13 days, round-trip Turkey & Greek Isles Explorer Venice$2599
2020 Sep 22 28 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$4899
2020 Sep 22 14 days, round-trip Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Explorer Venice$2599
2020 Oct 06 31 days, one-way from Venice to Fort Lauderdale Venice$3849
2020 Oct 06 14 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$2599
2020 Oct 20 17 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia$1449