Using WiFi, Cell Phones and Internet on the Veendam
You can access the internet on the Veendam -- there is WiFi on the entire ship. There is also an internet cafe on the Veendam.
The Veendam does provide PC's in an Internet cafe on Deck 8(Upper Promenade). However, if you want to bring your WiFi-enabled laptop, iPhone, PDA, etc., the entire ship is WiFi enabled. You can choose from the Holland America "pay-as-you" go rate for a one-time $3.95 activation charge, and, a 75¢ per minute rate. Alternatively, you can buy a block of non-refundable minutes for:
100 minutes for $55.00
250 minutes for $100.00.
You can make and receive phone calls and text messages (SMS) while onboard the Veendam.
Cell phone roaming is enabled on the Veendam, however, the system can be pricey as the price plans feature international roaming rates and data charges (this can be very expensive). Contact your mobile phone operator to ensure that your account is activated for international roaming and inquiry as to per minute rates and data charges.
As of August 2009, all the major US mobile operators as well as Rogers Wireless in Canada are available on the Veendam. There are also several mobile operators whom are available on the Veendam.
Using WiFi, Cell Phones and Internet on the Veendam Tip:
Think dial up speed when connecting on the ship. If you are sending emails, get all your writing down offline and then just connect when you actually send them.