Veendam, from Holland America Line, is a Statendam-class ship, built in 1996 and completely refurbished in 2009, to bring it up to date for the modern traveler. This is good choice for cruise passengers who value privacy. With a maximum capacity of 1,350 passengers,
there are plenty of areas designed to give guests peace and quiet, with antiques collections, workshops and relaxation a priority.
A number of trips aboard the Veendam are available, traveling around the Caribbean. Both Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages are on offer, setting sail from Fort Lauderdale and visiting sun-drenched islands like Antigua, Grand Turk Island, the Dominican Republic and Grand Cayman. Shore excursions include trips to a private Coconut Cove Beach property in Puerto Plata and visiting the Maya sites of Chacchoben and Kohunlich on the Costa Maya.
The Veendam is equipped with 138 inside cabins, 344 outside cabins and 180 suites. It has two pools, a beauty salon and spa, and a casino. All cabins feature a love seat, table and spare chair, a flat screen TV, DVD player and bathrobes. The closets have fold-down shelves, allowing passengers ample space. 231 cabins have balconies, and the 12 special spa cabins have priority bookings at the spa, enhanced minibars, and healthy breakfast menus.
The activity program onboard is tailored towards more mature travelers, and includes Culinary Arts, with cooking classes and wine tastings, Digital Workshops, Mind-Body-Spirit sessions and Explorations, which feature lectures and presentations about the ship's various destinations, to enhance the cultural experience once there.