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Farewell to Veendam From our Guests and Crew

Holland America Line recently announced that Veendam would be leaving the fleet. The final S-Class ship, she was delivered in 1996 and has explored the world gracefully for more than 20 years. We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite memories and photos from Veendam, and here is a selection of the posts from both guests and crew.

Caption for the main photo: Under bright blue sunny skies in Ft. Lauderdale, FL stage and screen actress Debbie Reynolds christened Veendam on May 15, 1996! With Holland America Line President & CEO A. Kirk Lanterman on her right and Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison on her left, she was all smiles after the christening. Farewell, Veendam.
Gerald Bernhoft

Veendam in Albania

She waited for us in Sarande, Albania. It was the trip of a lifetime…❤️ this ship
Jacqueline Scarth

James Aldrin Mendez Mabao  sunset

Just like the great ships of old who came before you, you will now sail through the twilight of legend. Know that I will forever be grateful for sailing with you even for a short period because you brought me people I will always cherish and memories with them I will always remember! ‘Til we meet again in the glorious sea of dreams, Bon Voyage my beloved Veendam! ❤️🛳
James Aldrin Mendez Mabao

wedding couple

This is the ship I met my husband on in 2007. 🧡 The Dutch Pinnacle Grill chef and the Assistant Cruise Director from Arizona. We have been married for over 11 years and have two kids.
Nicole van Winden

man on ship deck

Our first cruise on the ms Veendam was a cruise to Alaska in 2006, and we were fortunate to enjoy her for four more adventures, for a total of 104 days at sea. Those were in 2007 in Northern Europe then across the North Atlantic through the Arctic to NYC; in 2010 for the magical South America and Antarctica cruise; in 2013 from Buenos Aires to Boston, the “long way” around South America; and in 2014 for back to back Canada/New England cruises. All were memorable, from Capt. Russell-Dunford waking us up and “ordering” us outside to see our first iceberg in the Arctic, to Capt. Kronbeem nudging the ship as far as possible into the Antarctic wilderness, to Capt von Druemel patiently waiting for us to arrive back, late, from Machu Picchu . . . when his wife was our escort. I have literally thousands of photos taken from the Veendam, but chose this one, taken as we sailed through Prins Christiansund in Greenland in 2007, because it reminds me of the wilder adventures, and the hours we spent on Deck 9 above the bow, in all kinds of weather, “savoring the journey,” and getting as close to spirit of the place as possible. Fair winds and following seas to her as she begins a new life. The Veendam, and the Maasdam, will be missed.
Nancy Waldman Taft

man in front of ship

My first and most memorable ship assignment. Jan 2019 until Sept 2019. Met a lot of beautiful people and amazing friends from another country. Thank you for having me on Veendam and bringing me from one place to another ❣️ I will remember that moment and be forever thankful. Farewell Veendam! ❤️ I WILL ALWAYS LOVE U ❣️
Dani Kusumah

sunset

We sailed on the Veendam last summer throughout the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea. It was a marvelous adventure and the Veendam was wonderful! Who knew it would be our last time aboard her. We took this picture as we prepared to leave Dubrovnik, Croatia. Beautiful! Thank you, Veendam!
Jan Prior

Antarctica

One of my favorite photos, of Antarctica, from the top of the Veendam, December 2009. I was in a six-month contract as piano bar entertainer, in South America.
Steve Lynch

wedding

1996, 25 years ago I got married on the Veendam in port Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. She was the best venue for a one-week wedding cruise with 40 family and friends. Hubby and I have been smoothly sailing seas of life ever since – only wish we could have got our daughters on board before she left the fleet.
Natasha Missler Fulkerson

Veendam in Cuba

Our single and very memorable cruise on Veendam was in the Fall of 2018 to Cuba. We went on a most enjoyable excursion that included entertainment at a State-owned yacht club while Veendam was anchored in the Cienfuegos harbor. Many thanks to the wonderful Veendam crew for transporting us to visit Cuba.
Bob Gramm

Veendam

Veendam in Nassau Jan. 2020. She shined in the sun right to the end. Cruised the Caribbean on her multiple times. She was the epitome of HAL smaller ships. My father was a former Captain on the Holland America Line and I was practically raised on these Dam ships. So many good times and memories on and of her. Farewell Sweet Lady! Smooth seas on your departure.
Pieter Ketelaar

Veendam 1000 voyage

We ❤ You 1000. I was there on her Voyage of 1000.
Olivian Oliv

ship crew

You will be forever my first ship.
Drawde Paray

Sailing into Bermuda

Sailing into Bermuda 2018.
Karen Steiner Driflot

If you have wonderful memories of Veendam you’d like to share, please comment below!

2 Comments
  • Emma Emberson

    The Veendam was a beautiful ship. she was my first cruise ship I worked with amazing crew and had some very amazing memories. You never forget your first 💕

  • Cornelis Hoogeveen

    Although we only sailed on the MS Veendam twice, both cruises were special, In November 1996 we Celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on board with our children and their spouses.
    Captain Jonathan Mercer Officiated during the RENEWAL OF THE VOWS ceremony and Cees Bruggeman was the Hotel manager.
    Our second cruise on the MS Veendam was a cruise to Bermuda, She was the only ship from all of the major Cruise lines to dock DOWNTOWN and the Arrival and departure was very special sailing thru the narrow channel.
    Although the GOOD OLD DAYS are gone, we continue to ONLY cruise with HAL, especially because of the Friendly crew on board.

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