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Age: 58


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Veendam

Sailing Date: April 15th, 2006

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

My husband, 62, daughter, 26, and I, 58, spent 7 wonderful days on the Veendam. Our deluxe verandah suite was a joy! It was so roomy and the verandah was big enough for us to lounge out there together or have room service at the table & chairs. The room steward opened the sofa bed for our daughter each night and made it up for her, including little towel animals which she delighted in. The little extra touches were very much appreciated. I will probably always go for the large suites from now on.

The meals were delicious and I love that they allow you to have seconds or even thirds of something you really love. Our tiny size 4 daughter ate her weight in king crab legs I think! She loved the way we were waited on in the Rotterdam Dining Room. We truly felt pampered and came away feeling spoiled at the end of the week.

One thing we noticed on this Easter weekend cruise.....LOTS of kids! I mean, I never saw so many kids on one cruise and one older woman was heard to grumble, "I think I made a mistake and got on a Disney Cruise!" They did tend to take over the pool and there was literally no room for anyone else. The line at the ice cream counter was always long! If there was a place for kids to go, they didn't use it. The pool was their official hangout.

The use of the Neptune Lounge came in handy several times. I wanted a last-minute beach day and the concierge was perfectly willing to help arrange it.

Being very computer-addicted, my daughter used the computers in the Exploration lounge daily. It was a little pricey, but I think she would have been disappointed if she hadn't been able to stay in touch with her friends and particularly, her boyfriend.

Since my daughter was with us, we used the Spa a lot more than I usually do. We had a couples massage while she had a massage, facial and back cleansing. We all came away from the experience feeling terrific. Later, I got my hair done for formal night. On the last day of the cruise, we took advantage of the specials offered and we had a combination of manicure, neck & shoulders massage and ankle & foot massage. While I was in the chair having my shoulders & neck massaged, the girl said, "Dolphins!" so I got to see them going by the ship.

When our lovely week was over, we had no problems at all disembarking. It was very efficient and quick. I looked back at the suite before I closed the door and was a little sad to see the perfect week come to an end.

About 2 months later, while vacationing, not cruising, in Alaska, we saw the Veendam at the docks in Seward. Haha.....I was looking up at her, wondering "WHO was in my suite"?



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