Hi kbeans, please don't read to much into previous cruise reports, every ship and every cruise will be different.
The reports are always from passengers experiences 'on the day' and of course we don't have the full picture - maybe they had had a large turnover of crew & had lots of trainees on board for our cruise, or maybe the change to other nationalities working on board wasn't as smooth as HAL had expected. Also HAL might not be too bothered with the British market, so you may find your cruise totally different.
I do strongly disagree with MercedMike's comments that "disgruntled passengers are very vocal", that is certainly not my experience from UK cruising, where we normally just winge & moan quietly amongst ourselves.
But when we see or hear a "discussion" to which we can contribute we feel it is only right to do so.
As for the entertainment, we have been brought up with the expectation that US entertainment was far more glitzy & high powered than UK entertaniment, so that may be our mis-perception and you will find the whole experience mind-blowing.
As for sea-sickness, we were at the very front of the ship (H302) and despite some heavy seas on the first day we didn't even realise that the ship was moving around until we looked out of the window.
Don't worry, you will have a great time. If you do have one bad experiecence, please don't dwell on it & expect repeat problems or you won't be able to enjoy all the great points about cruisng and the ports of call.
btw check out if the Veendam has Happy hours in the Crows Nest & central bar - buy a second drink of the same style for $1 plus the usual 15%
Remember to let us all know how you enjoyed yourselves & detail the highlights upon your return.
Alan & Katrina