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Veendam’s New Shops are Spacious

The new shopping area on Veendam is expansive and has just about anything you could possibly want while on a cruise, from logowear to name-brand clothing, jewelry, watches and accessories.

Looking Over the New Lanai Staterooms

Looking Over the New Lanai Staterooms

The new Lanai Staterooms recently installed on Veendam feature a sliding glass door that opens onto the wrap-around exterior promenade deck. The doors automatically close when the doorway is clear — much like an elevator. For those concerned about privacy, the doors are mirrored. The lanai door has its own key that is separate from…   read more of “Looking Over the…”

What’s in the Mix on Veendam?

What’s in the Mix on Veendam?

The new Mix bar area on Veendam — just installed during a month-long dry-dock — combines a champagne bar, martini bar and sports bar in one central area.

Veendam’s Bathrooms Get a Makeover

Veendam’s Bathrooms Get a Makeover

Project Manager Hans Dörr sent us these photos of Veendam’s bathrooms and explained the refurbishing process. The whole process starts with a cabin taken out of service (left) and then there is the demolition process (right) that includes the removal and storage of all the accessories and plumbing features.

Oosterdam In the Midst of a Major Makeover

Oosterdam In the Midst of a Major Makeover

Holland America Line Director of Corporate Services Joe Palermo sent us photos — lots of photos — of the work being done on Oosterdam during its Signature of Excellence Phase II upgrade. From the looks of it, there are very few areas on board that are not affected by the refit. Deck 10 extension.

More Info On Veendam’s SOE2 Upgrades

More Info On Veendam’s SOE2 Upgrades

Longtime reader Ben van Zeijl of Rotterdam sent in a couple of questions regarding Veendam’s Signature of Excellence Phase 2 upgrades. I tracked down the answers and in the process came across a photo of the stern being refit in dry-dock. Ben’s comment: Hello, I have some questions about this rebuilding program. Question 1: I…   read more of “More Info On…”