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Julie Massey

Age: 43

Occupation:News Media

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Veendam

Sailing Date: November 19th, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This ship seemed understaffed and the food wasn't as expected. On other cruises I was at least asked if I wanted something to drink by a waiter in the swimming pool area but wasn't even acknowledged when I wanted a drink. This cruise had three ports but because of a storm they skipped Grand Cayman and refunded the port tax only. However, a ship we met in port went to Grand Cayman. I thought not going to Grand Cayman was not fair considering there were only 3 ports to begin with. If you like good food, forget it. The deserts in the Lido Restaurant all taste alike (No Taste). They gave you skimpy portions when ordering. In the dining room they had Shrimp cocktail one night with 4 shrimp, where were the other 8. On other occasions in the Lido Restaurant they had small shrimp cocktails, you know (salad shrimp that are extra small). One night I got food poisoning and was sick from the Caribean Paella. If you like to do things the night before your cruise ends you want do it here. On the last night I was informed there wasn't a late show. Most of the bars had no music and I got the feeling they just wanted you off the ship. If you like to go on a ship and feel pampered this is not the ship. I liked the Celebrity Century better. This was not worth the money and with all the sea days it was boring.



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