Although the Veendam is one of the smaller ships from a major cruiseline that I have sailed on, you would not know it from the size of the cabins. I stayed in an ocean-view cabin and it felt quite spacious. Having the beds separated with one against each wall and open space between them extending the floorspace all the way to the window definitely made the room feel bigger than when the beds were pushed together with a small aisle on each side, but ship had some pretty good-sized rooms anyway. We were down on deck 4 (which is the A deck on this ship, and the lowest passenger deck. On most ships deck 1 is the lowest passenger deck and the A deck is a different deck below that). Our room was very nice. I had expected a smaller than average room on the smaller ship, so was quite pleasantly surprised with all our space. There’s still just the usual one outlet so a power strip comes in handy. The doors are magnetic, but the cabin walls on that ship are not.
Consult the deck plans for your cabin location before boarding the Veendam because neither deck numbering nor room numbering follow the usual sequences so without the ever-helpful crew to guide them a lot of bewildered passengers would wander aimlessly about the ship looking in vain for their cabin on the wrong deck on embarkation day. Which explains the crew stationed by the stairs and elevators on each deck throughout the boarding process.
All staterooms include amenities such as bathrobes, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, spa shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand lotion, ice buckets, and a fruit basket which you can have filled upon request.
The Veendam has just one Pinnacle Suite, but it’s a good one. The numbering system starts there, room 001, the number one room on the ship. It has everything from two bathrooms to a butler’s pantry. It’s the only stateroom on board with the bed on the diagonal. The master bedroom area has black-out drapes so the occupants can sleep in total darkness any time of day.
The suite also has another bed that folds out from cabinets below a large flatscreen TV. The master bathroom has a jetted tub and the bedroom area includes a walk-in closet and dressing room.
Neptune suites start at 002 for room numbers and go up from there. Since the suites are on the highest passenger deck the room numbers get higher as the decks get lower, opposite what you find on most ships. Usually the first number of the room is the deck it is on. Neptune Suites have great amenities including black-out drapes at the windows, (though the space under them could let in a crack of light.) They too have jetted tubs and the Neptune suites as well as the Pinnacle Suite have use of the private Neptune Lounge, VIP boarding and priority tender service, concierge, complementary laundry service, and extra touches like binoculars and umbrellas available for use during the cruise.
Vista suites have oversized balconies and a variety of pillows of varying firmness to choose from. They include a mini-bar, concierge service, fresh flowers and a DVD library. The Veendam has some spa cabins which add yoga mats, ipod docking stations and exclusive spa treatments to their list of amenities.
Lanai cabins give passengers their own doorway to an outside deck without paying suite prices. A full glass sliding door offers more view area than a window, with private access to the promenade deck and reserved deck chairs outside the door.
A special room card opens the slider from the outside giving the only the occupant access to their room. These rooms are much like a verandah cabin on a larger ship except that the sliding door opens onto the promenade deck rather than a private balcony. In the event of an emergency the lanai guests would have quick access to their muster stations.
The Veendam has some ocean-view cabins on the promenade deck as well as on the two decks below. Some of the window cabins on the promenade deck are located behind the metal structure of the ship and listed as obstructed view cabins as they have views only to the walkway and not to the sea beyond. These of course cost less than a cabin with an ocean view. Ocean-view cabins include a couch and bathtub. Some have a full sized couch that folds into a bed and others have a smaller couch with an end table. These rooms do not have refrigerators, but they do have a hairdryer in a drawer and it has its own special plug and outlet so that is one less thing needing the one outlet in the room.
Porthole cabins have the same things as other ocean-view cabins other than smaller windows and bigger ledges in front of the window. The porthole cabin would be a dream come true for my youngest grandkids (3 and 5) who loved playing on the window ledge when it was just a wide area at the window itself. For those without kids the ledge would make a nice space to keep computers and things out of the way.
Even the Veendam’s inside cabins have a good amount of space. Their bathrooms have showers rather than tubs, but the dispensers on the wall still are filled with spa shampoo, conditioner and body wash so passengers get to try out expensive spa products for free. You can pack light when sailing on the Veendam because it has several self service launderetts with washers, dryers, and ironing boards for guests to use.
Cabins on Other Cruise Ships
Arcadia Breeze Breeze odd rooms Divina Ecstasy Infinity Legend Liberty Pearl Ruby Princess Splendor Westerdam Wilderness Adventurer
For a complete list of blogs about cabins see My Cruise Stories Ships and Cabins page.
I love looking at these cabins. Thanks so much for posting~
It is always fun to see what all the different cabins on a ship look like.
Cruise ships really are like hotels on the sea. Except they leave towel animals on the pillow instead of chocolate. Or maybe they leave both?
Some do leave both chocolates and towel animals. The Veendam had both. Cruise ships are really a floating resort rather than a hotel. Besides more food than anyone could ever eat they all have swimming pools, hot tubs, a spa, bars, casinos, and theaters. Most have movies somewhere besides the live performances. They have entertainment staff who host all sorts of different games and bands too of course for music and dancing. They all have their niche of other things to do as well. Some do things like cooking demonstrations or computer classes. Most have lectures of some sort on a variety of subjects including what’s in port. Some have water slides or even water parks, or things like a bowling alley or rock climbing wall. Whatever you want on a ship you’re bound to find it if you book the right ship. That’s why cruising is such a great way to travel – getting to wherever the ship goes is as much fun as the destination, sometimes more.
Who needs a dining room in your cabin on a cruise ship? There is so much food outside of your room to eat. Maybe a room service breakfast before an early shore excursion but that’s the only time I would be eating a meal in my room.
Some people have family gatherings on board and one party rents the big suite so they can all congregate there. Then they could dine with just their family and not the distractions of the public dining room. Or honeymooners might rent that suite and want to spend their time with just themselves and have meals brought to them. The room has a butler’s pantry as well so I’m sure they get good service if they want to eat in the room.
The family thing is a good idea. A big dining table would also be a good place for everyone to play a card game or board game if people wanted to.
Enjoyed room service on those mornings of early excursions…on five other HAL ships. Would like to have done this in December, 2017, but the ‘bed-lined closet’ of a room on deck nine didn’t have a small table, extra chair, or room on the ‘desk’ beneath the TV. Didn’t choose such cramped quarters, and – with a fully booked ship – improved accommodations weren’t available.