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VEENDAM
HOLLAND
AMERICA
LINE
OVERVIEW                                                page 1

POOLS AND SPA                                       
page 2

SHOPS AND OTHER PUBLIC AREAS     page 3
   
BARS AND
NIGHTTIME ENTERTAINMENT             
page 4

DINING                                                       page 5

ACCOMMODATIONS                               page 6
      
OVERVIEW
VEENDAM is the last of four Statendam class (a.k.a
S-class) cruise ships built for Holland America in the early
and mid-1990s.  She is also the fourth HAL ship to be
named after a small village in the northeastern part of The
Netherlands.

She is not a big ship by today's standards but she is big
enough to house  the amenities that sophisticated travelers
expect on a large cruise ship.

Sophistication is a word that comes readily to mind when
touring VEENDAM.  The ship's art collection is superb
and the decor throughout elegant.  Glitz has been kept to a
minimum.  Good taste prevails.

The ship is small enough to go places where many of the
larger cruise ships cannot (e.g., Montreal).  She is also
maneuverable enough that she can dock in small ports
without the assistance of tugs.

At the same time, the ship has good seakeeping abilities
that enable her to handle rough seas.  Indeed, according to
her captain, a problem that he faced recently when he had
to cancel a port due to bad weather was persuading the
passengers that weather conditions justified the
cancellation.  The ship rides so well that the weather just
did not seem to be so bad.

As a sophisticated ship, VEENDAM retains many of the
traditions of the sea.  The dress code is more formal than
on mass market ships.  The captain and his officers dine
with the passengers in the main dining room.  A steward
with a set of chimes summons passengers to dinner.
At the same time, the ship has been upgraded with the new
developments in nautical technology as well as with the
amenities that are trademark  HAL ships such as the
Pinnacle Grill, the Explorations internet cafe, and a
culinary arts center.

The ship underwent a major refit in 2006 that included
building a two-story youth center and extending the spa
over the bridge.  A subsequent major refit in 2009 saw the
conversion of the aft pool area into the Retreat, the
addition of balcony cabins to the stern, and several
changes to the public rooms.       
Throughout the public areas on
Veendam are substantial works of
art such as the Spanish cooking
urn left and the more modern
mural below painted in the Dutch
maritime style.  In all, there are
some $2 million worth of art and
antiques onboard.
In the central atrium is a three story high,
cut-class sculpture depicting the biblical
Jacob's Ladder (above).  It is a as close to
glitter/shock and awe as the decor in
Veendam gets.   
Service is very important to
HAL and it maintains its
own hotel school in the
Philippines to train new
recruits before they arrive
on ship.   There is also a
school in Indonesia for
restaurant workers.  
Additional training takes
place on board.  As a
result, service tends to be
friendly and efficient.  At
right is Veendam's
Front
Office
located in the
Atrium.
PHOTO TOUR
AND
COMMENTARY
HOLLAND
AMERICA'S
VEENDAM

Page 1
Cruise ship photo tour - - Holland America Line - - Veendam - - page 1
Captain Albert Schoonderbeek
Next to the Front Desk is the Shore
Excursions office
where guests can
book tours in the various ports of call.

The
Future Cruise Office, where
guests can obtain information about and
book future HAL cruises, is outside of the
Explorations Cafe.
Pools and the Spa are next.

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