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Veendam has always had a strong traditional flavor, but its major upgrade in 2009 has transformed the ship into a trendsetter for its class. Now measuring 57,092 tons and carrying 1,350 passengers (up from 1,266), Veendam’s enhancements include new lanai and spa cabin categories, a more contemporary look in public areas and cabins, additional dining options and a revamped theater experience. The overhaul has given new energy to this ship, which continues to delight passengers with a high passenger-to-space ratio, the latest in technological advances — including a pool-side large screen for showing movies and nature films — and beautiful Dutch art and antique displays.
Passengers can relax by one of two pools onboard, one of which is a resort-style pool. Hot tubs are in easy reach, as are bars and lounges. At the ship’s gym, you can find personal trainers, aerobics classes, and state-of-the-art equipment. There are also court sports on deck, plus a jogging track that runs the length of the ship. Step into the ship’s spa for a pampering massage, or try on a new look at the onboard beauty salon. Or, spend an afternoon in the ship’s library, coffee shop, or card room.
Two new dining venues have been added. The Canaletto Restaurant takes over a section of the Lido Restaurant each night to offer an intimate, alternative Italian dining experience — with no extra charge. And the Slice pizza parlor is great for a quick lunch or midday snack, especially when lines get long in the Lido buffet. The ship’s two-tiered Rotterdam dining room features gourmet cuisine, fresh flowers, fine Rosenthal china, and a dramatic, sweeping staircase. There is also a wide range of places to go for casual eats and restaurants serving regional specialties. After dinner, spectacular performances take place at the Showroom at Sea, which aims to create a more intimate theater experience with simpler shows that highlight talented performers fresh from Broadway. The casino offers everyone’s favorite gambling games of chance, plus discos, bars, and nightclubs are at the ready. Two distinct bars have been combined to create Mix, sporting adjoining bar sections and trendy decor.