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Alyse

Age: 60

Occupation:retired nurse

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Veendam

Sailing Date: 2011-06-17

Itinerary: NYC to Bermuda

This was my very first cruise (a 60th birthday present!) and I absolutely loved it. I can't understand the negative reviews, as my experience with the food, staff, the ship activities, everything was wonderful. I was worried that it would be so full of people everywhere, but although the ship had about 1,400 people on it, I never once felt crowded. There is always a quiet nook you can find on ship to relax and enjoy the cruise.

Excellent. I tend to eat vegetarian and fish dishes, and was very happy with all the fresh fruit, salads, and vegetables available at each meal. The desserts were outstanding and pastries at breakfast were hard to resist. It's true that on a cruise you decide how much you'll eat, and I chose to eat less so that I could enjoy all the desserts.

I shared with a friend and it was perfect size, I didn't feel cramped, lots of storage space for cosmetics and clothes, so our room was always neat and was fine. It was an inside cabin and I was worried I might get claustrophobic, but didn't, and like you hear, you don't spend much time in your room anyway.

A huge slew of events to do daily, though I tended to pick about 2 a day. I went to some of the mid day events ( a cooking demo) and at night I enjoyed either the show or the nightly movie. I love to read, so I was in heaven at the library. Wonderful leather recliners with foot stools facing the window looking out at the sea, plus lots of books to choose from and a daily very condensed version of the NY Times. I was reading several hours a day in the library and have to say it was my favorite spot.

I loved it! I'm wondering if some of the negative reviews are from really fussy old people (no offense as I'm 60), who are used to driving their fancy cars, snapping their fingers at waiters, and being rude unnecessarily to people in their daily life. Some people had to eat nightly at the fancy resturant on ship just so they could be waited on hand and foot. Being from San Diego, I basically live year round in shorts and sandles, so that is my life style. I like to be relaxed and comfortable, don't like to dress up ( which I didn't have to if I didn't want to). I loved eating daily in the Lido which was buffet style. I love to cook and found the food great on board. Being out on the open sea was so incredible. I took meds for sea sickness with me, but never used them. Bermuda is beautiful, clean, rich, and worth seeing. If this is your first cruise, I would highly recommend the Veendam, as I never felt crowded, and the people are lovely (Indonesian and Philipino). I even did a Susan G. Kolmen 5 K on board with about 50 other people - 12 times around the ship!

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