We sailed on the Veendam to Alaska in August and found the ship to be in good condition. We loved our cruise. However, there were indeed some foul sewage smells in certain areas of the ship sometimes, including outside the dining room, in the hallway. All public restrooms had some lingering odor, but so did a ship from another cruise line, to a lesser extent, that also has "continuous" sewage processing like the Veendam and her sisters. Perhaps it is that type of system that needs to be re-designed.