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HOLLAND AMERICA - VEENDAM: 20-Night "Antarctica Explorer" Rio De Janeiro to Valparaiso
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Veendam, as with all Holland America ships, offers the luxury of space. On average, Veendam accommodates 25% fewer guests than comparably-sized ships and provides staterooms which are 25% larger than the competition. This alone makes this ship a strong contender among other mid-size cruise ships. But Holland America nudged the Veendam up a notch or two when they launched their fleet wide "Signature of Excellence" initiative. For an impressive $225 dollar investment, every ship - Veendam in the spring of 2006 - received updates to virtually every area of the ship, from stateroom linens to passenger enrichment programs.
  • Staterooms. Plush Sealy® Euro-top mattresses with 250-count cotton bed linens; extra-fluffy Egyptian cotton towels; massage shower heads; deluxe bathrobes; salon-quality hair dryers; complimentary fresh fruit basket and floral arrangement; flat-panel TVs and DVD players.
  • Suites. In addition to the above, suites now offer luxurious duvets and pillows; fully-stocked no-host mini-bars; access to Neptune Lounge (for PS & S category guests) - the ship's private lounge retreat; priority embarkation/debarkation privileges.
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon. More treatment rooms, including couples massage rooms; dry-float suite; thermal suites with hydro-therapy pool; heated ceramic loungers; Lifestyle Fitness Center with yoga, Pilates, spinning and the latest in weight-training equipment.
  • Culinary Arts Center. A demonstration "kitchen-in-a-theater" with large, overhead plasma screens provides a venue for free cooking demonstrations and culinary seminars. A program of special, culinary cruises features regional chefs and wine experts. Optional, interactive cooking classes are also available.
  • Explorations Café. Powered by The New York Times, this venue combines an espresso coffee house with a library. Music listening stations, a 2,000-volume library, Internet stations, and special travel-related TV programming are available.
  • Expanded Youth Facilities. Kids and teens have never had it better on Holland America! Big-screen TV and games; Oasis teen area with outdoor private pool and waterfall, sundeck; disco; expanded Club HAL hours.
  • Pinnacle Grill. Holland America's intimate, reservations-only restaurant featuring Sterling Silver beef, fresh seafood; tables set with Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens; extensive wine list.

.Recommended for:
.Not Recommended for:
  • Sophisticated travelers who appreciate the new stateroom amenities, upscale spa and enrichment programs.
  • Upscale, mature passengers looking for a traditional cruise experience
  • Loyal Holland America guests who enjoy the line's focus on service
  • Energetic cruise passengers looking for nonstop activities
  • Travelers seeking a Las Vegas-style vacation alternative
  • Passengers who prefer a casual, carefree ambiance and absolute flexibility in dining and dress code

ShipShopper Index™:
Year Built:
1996 Refurbished: 2006
Size Category:
Medium (55,451)
Passengers:
1258
"Elbowroom" Factor:
Roomy
Outside Cabins:
77%
Balcony Cabins:
24%
Sister Ships:
Maasdam, Ryndam, Statendam
Length:
702 feet
Width:
101 feet
Crew:
557
Registration: Netherlands

Cruise Itinerary
 DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART
  DAY 1  RIO DE JANEIRO (overnight)    
  DAY 2  Rio De Janeiro    03:00 PM
  DAY 3  At sea    
  DAY 4  At sea    
  DAY 5  Buenos Aires  06:00 AM  09:00 PM
  DAY 6  Montevideo  07:00 AM  04:00 PM
  DAY 7  At sea    
  DAY 8  Puerto Madryn  10:00 AM  06:00 PM
  DAY 9  At sea    
  DAY 10  Pt. Stanley  08:00 AM  05:00 PM
  DAY 11  At sea    
  DAY 12  Cruising the Antarctic Sound    
  DAY 13  Cruisng the South Shetland Islands    
  DAY 14  Cruising the Wilhelm Archipelago    
  DAY 15  Cruising Cape Horn and Drake Passage    
    Ushuaia  07:00 AM  01:00 PM
  DAY 16  Cockburn & Beagle Channels    
    Punta Arenas  07:00 AM  08:00 PM
  DAY 17  Strait of Magellan    
  DAY 18  Cruising Amalia Glacier    
    At sea    
  DAY 20  At sea    
  DAY 21  VALPARAISO  07:00 AM  

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