When they added another deck onto the aft section of Veendam during its recent dry-dock, it changed the lines of the ship, though not so much as to spoil the sleek look of the S-class ships.
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…”
Merabella is a new fine jewelry shop just installed on Veendam during the Signature of Excellence Phase 2 dry-dock. Shop manager Matt Gibson explained that the Merabella experience is about finding a unique piece of jewelry and that the intimate space can be used for private showings and guests can join him over champagne and… read more of “Merabella: Fine…”
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.
The blog team went on board the Veendam in Fort Lauderdale Friday to see the new Signature of Excellence Phase 2 facilities and amenities that were installed during a month-long dry-dock. One of the coolest things we saw were the Microsoft Surface tables in the new Sports Bar, which is part of the Mix three-bar… read more of “Microsoft Surface…”
Hi Roland & team. Many thanks for your great blog site. We are just back from a most exciting 30-day cruise aboard the Volendam traveling from Sydney to Whitsunday/Hamilton Islands in the Great Barrier Reef-Cairns-Ribbon Reef-Cape York Peninsula-Darwin-Komodo Island-Bali-Semarang-Singapore-Kememang-Bangkok-Saigon-Kota Kinabalu-Peurto Princesa-Manila-Hong Kong. Great crew as to be expected & wonderful job by Michelle the cruise… read more of “Video: Volendam…”
During the dry-dock of the Veendam we are not only building new cabins and upgrading facilities, we also do a lot of maintenance on the already existing machinery. One of the essential systems is the lifeboat davits. Every dry-dock a selection of davits is taken apart completely and inspected. After inspection the davit is put… read more of “Veendam Dry-Dock:…”
Life on board is a different way of living from what most people experience. We need to learn how to live in a small space, no matter how large the ship may be. Unusual as it is for crew, we cruise consultants have a passenger cabin, albeit an inside one. I was most concerned about… read more of “Living the Crew…”