Recommend January 2012 - (Page 16)

holland america’s VEENDAM cruise Veendam will sail to Bermuda from New York from April to August. H stacey zable 16 january 2012 onboard review onboard delights august 2011 Holland America’s Veendam is certainly not the largest ship, nor the newest ship out there right now, but those just may be its strongest selling features for some clients. With only 629 staterooms and a total capacity of 1,350 guests, Veendam offers its guests a ship with all the necessary bells and whistles that today’s cruisers demand in terms of dining, entertainment and more, but without the crowds. This is a ship where you do actually see the same people again and again, and you can find other people in your traveling party without the use of a walkie talkie. During a late August 2011 sailing to Bermuda, we made Veendam our home for a week-long voyage and it truly felt like home, starting with the warmth of the staff. It probably didn’t hurt that we sailed out of New York City the day following Hurricane Irene and we were so happy that the sun was shining and all was well at home to leave. The departure was delayed by one day due to the storm and Holland America rose to the occasion during the natural disaster. Phone calls were made to every passenger to alert them of the status of the cruise. Most of Veendam’s dining and public rooms as well as its staterooms boast contemporary, tasteful and beautiful decor. The style is inviting, with many intimate living areas throughout to find your own spot to snuggle with a good book. Veendam made its debut in 1996 but received “Signature of Excellence” enhancements in 2009 including new fixtures and soft goods and new bathrooms in staterooms, plus numerous new lounge, dining and entertainment venues. The Retreat, a resort-style pool area, was also part of the changes. A highlight of the ship for us was use of the Neptune Lounge, a special concierge level for guests of the 28 Deluxe Verandah Suites and one Penthouse Verandah Suite. Located just a short stroll from our suite, the Neptune Lounge has a dedicated concierge available to handle all requests, reservations and needs while on board. We were greeted by name with smiles always, and we could go there to grab a cup of coffee or snack and relax in the comfortable seating areas from continued on page 18

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2012

Editor's Note
Hotel Desk: Hard Rock Hotels and Resorts
Tour Talk: Lindblad Expeditions
Holland America's Veendam
Delta Air Lines' 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Las Vegas' 2012 Offerings
Hot European Tours for 2012
Hokkaido, Japan
Egypt's Antiquity Attractions are Eternal

Recommend January 2012