Little San Salvador, a Bahamian out-island, was renamed Half Moon Cay by Holland America Line to honor Henry Hudson’s ship, which is also depicted on the cruise line’s logo, as well as to reflect the beach’s crescent shape.
Even with development, the island is still so unspoiled that it has been named a Wild Bird Preserve by the Bahamian National Trust. Excursions include a guided kayak adventure on Bone Fish Lagoon, a protected habitat and home to numerous native species of flora.
Of special note, the Horseback Riding by Land & Sea excursion sets out on a ride along winding trails up to the highest point on the island for a panoramic view before your horse is “dressed” up for swimming in a special saddle pad and a rope halter (no saddle), after which you venture into the ocean for the sensation of riding a horse while it’s swimming.
Half Moon Cay also has a water park with waterslides for family fun, and air-conditioned private cabanas can be rented for your own beachfront retreat, with or without the services of a personal butler.
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This class of four handsome cruise ships built in the mid 1990s has the sharp look of a classic ocean liner, with a sweeping foredeck and lovely tired decks at the stern. The Veendam is spacious, yet intimate in size and has a lovely traditional feel without being stuffy. Like the rest of the fleet, Holland America Line's Signature of Excellence enhancements in recent years have kept the Veendam and her sisters looking fresh and modern.
Public Rooms & Activities On Veendam
Public spaces include the popular Explorations Café, a combo Internet center, coffee shop and well-stocked library. A row of comfy chaise loungers connected with CD players and headphone stations face the sea through floor-to-ceiling windows, while other clusters of couches and chairs invite reading and resting. Evenings, options include the dimly lit and atmospheric piano bar; a new lounge called Mix for a great martini, glass of bubbly or anything else that tickles your taste buds. Dancers head to the Ocean Bar for its live band, while the Crow’s Nest nightclub up top becomes the ship’s disco at night. The ships’ two-story showrooms have cozy groupings of banquettes and movable chairs on the first level, a rare set up these days. A casino and small movie theater, that doubles as the Culinary Arts Center demo kitchen, round out the entertainment venues.
Kids are entertained too in a bright, windowed playroom decorated like a giant paint box. For older kids there are video games and a karaoke machine, while teens are privy to Oasis, a secluded patch of deck with a wading pool with a waterfall, deck chairs and hammocks.
Exercisers will appreciate the roomy ocean view gyms and large aerobics area, plus the combo basketball/tennis/volleyball courts up on the Sports Deck. The redesigned Greenhouse Spas each sport thermal suites with a hydrotherapy whirlpool and heated tile loungers. There are two pools, one with a sliding glass roof when cruising in cool climes like Alaska, and one aft, adjacent to the new Slice pizzeria, pool bar and large new LED movie screen.
Dining On Volendam
When it comes to eating, choices include the elegant, two-story main dining room at the stern, with a pair of curved staircases sweeping down to the lower level for grand entrances. The Pinnacle Grill for steaks and seafood is much smaller and more intimate, while casual diners can always head for the indoor/outdoor buffet restaurant, complete with a taco station and burger grill; and evenings, a new Italian section called Canaletto.
Staterooms & Suites On Veendam
Roomy standard cabins are at least 185 square feet and feature super comfy bedding, plus a flatscreen TV and DVD player, makeup mirror, massage shower head and bathrobes. Outside cabins on the Lower Promenade Deck face the wraparound promenade deck, where walkers have great views of the sea (special reflective glass prevents outsiders from spying in).
Veendam belongs to Holland America Line's Statendam Class of cruise ships. Holland America Line names its ships after something very important to the country of Holland - its dams. The cruise line's ships are characterized by elegant design and many lounges - quiet as well as lively ones. With the "Signature of Excellence" initiative Holland America ships now include a Culinary Arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine (it's like being in the studio of a TV cooking show), the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, and cabin amenities such as perhaps the best beds in the cruise industry - the Mariner's Dream Beds.
Year Built 1996 ♦
Ship's Class: Statendam Class ♦
Year Refurbished 2009 ♦
Country of Registry Netherlands ♦
Tonnage 57,000 ♦
Length 720 ft - 216 m ♦
Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,350 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 1,719 ♦
Passenger Decks 10 ♦
Officers and Crew 580 ♦
Officer's Nationality International ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 675 ♦
Suites with Balcony 193 ♦
Lanai cabins - with extra lanai doors opening up directly to the outside promenade deck 38 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 306 ♦
Inside 138 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 17 ♦
Holland America Line's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "As You Wish Dining" lets you choose the venues and style that suit you ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar: Explorations Cafe powered by New York Times ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Promenade Deck wraps around the ship
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦