Holland America’s Veendam

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The Pinnacle Grill is the ship’s specialty restaurant for an additional charge. A more formal elegant dining experience, guests are treated to Sterling Silver beef and fresh seafood, all served on Bulgari china, accompanied by Riedel stemware and Frette linens. Recommend the filet mignons, which, we guarantee, will be grilled to perfection.

True foodies will enjoy the Culinary Arts Center program, presented by Food & Wine magazine, which invites guests to be part of hands-on cooking demonstrations and other cuisine events. The kids get to be a part of the fun as well, and they’ll have a chance to learn how to make pancakes.

Other enrichment programs on board include Digital Workshops, which is very popular, fun and offers free “how-to’s” on digital photography. Other activities include the usual found on board such as trivia, bingo, time at the spa, dance lessons and movies in the Wajang Theater. Club HAL, the children’s program, will keep the youngest members of the family happy, thanks to a warm staff, and lots of crafts and games.

The nightly shows in the two-level Showroom at Sea entertain guests with Broadway-style revues. A Q&A session gives guests access to the entertainers’ personal and professional challenges of life at sea. Piano music in the MIX lounge and DJ Reggie’s dance music at the Crow’s Nest also make for an evening of fun.

City Hall in Hamilton, Bermuda.

off the ship

Bermuda was home-base for the ship during our sailing. We docked in the capital city of Hamilton—transforming the ship into a “hotel”—and with the city at their doorstep to explore, passengers are going to want to do just that, as well as spending some time on Bermuda’s famed pink-sand beaches. Available shore excursions include guided tours of the city and island, plus tours that take in the best of the beach, snuba, scuba, snorkeling, fishing, golf, and catamaran cruising.

Veendam will continue its weekly Bermuda sailings from New York this spring, starting April 22 and running through Aug. 26. The ship will include two relaxing days at sea and three overnights in Hamilton. Cruise fares start at $669 pp dbl plus taxes.

For more information, call (877) 932-4259 or visit hollandamerica.com.