ms Veendam

ms Veendam

Ship Facts

The Netherlands
57,092 grt
719 feet
22 knots
January 1996
Actress Debbie Reynolds

Latest Post

Sep 2014

What Will You See on a Canada & New England Cruise? Writer John Pead Tells You

Submitted by: HAB Editorial Team

Scenic cruising along the Saguenay Fjord is a highlight of the cruise. Photo by Hotel Director Marco Van Belleghem.
Scenic cruising along the Saguenay Fjord is a highlight of the cruise. Photo by Hotel Director Marco Van Belleghem.

It’s that time of year when the leaves in Canada and New England turn from shades of green to vibrant hues of yellow and red. Fall officially begins this week, and it’s peak season for Canada & New England cruises. From the Saguenay Fjord to the coastline of Maine, it’s a spectacular display of nature at its finest. Journalist John Pead recently took a Canada & New England Discovery cruise aboard ms Veendam and wrote about it for the Daily and Sunday Express in the U.K. —– Setting sail for the new world: A colourful cruise around Canada and New England by John Pead I am looking down on the battlefields of the Plains of Abraham which once saw mighty clashes between the French and British Empires. These days it’s mature Quebec City parkland yet beyond it are the trenches and battlements of the Citadel, still with its military garrison. Straight ahead is the old town, dominated by the iconic Fairmont hotel, Le Chateau Frontenac and the harbour. Through the early morning mist I can just make out the Isle of Orleans sitting in the mighty St Lawrence River on which I shall soon be cruising in some luxury. I am joining MS Veendam for the Canada & New England Discovery cruise taking in major cities including Quebec, Halifax and Boston as well as the small coastal towns of Charlottetown, Sydney, Lunenburg and Bar Harbor. In winter the landscape is different with several feet of snow, frozen seas and lots of ice. But it’s summer now and the landscape is beautiful: soft and rugged at the same time. Never having been on a cruise before I’m not entirely sure what to expect. First impressions of the grand Holland America Line ship are of an upmarket shopping mall. The staircase spirals around an enormous glittering crystal chandelier. The endless twinkly, art-encrusted corridors linking the shops, bars, lounges, restaurants and leisure facilities at first seem quite overwhelming. It takes a couple of meandering expeditions to fix the deck plan in my head. And yet this floating wonderland isn’t regarded as big. Carrying […]

Read More