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184 Holland America Asia Cruise Reviews
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rotjeknor
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
223 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
Japan, 6 sea days and Alaska : a great intinerary for us . Ship is in very good condition, no complaints. I read somewhere on the CC forum about the not yet upgraded bathrooms in some cabins on the Dolphin deck. We had a cabin with a ... Read more
chambly
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
We choose this Holland America cruise on the Volendam for the great ports of call. Had a great time for our first time in Asia. The ship was clean, nice and small. We do not like large ship the smaller the better. The food and service was ... Read more
Btimmer
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
686 forum posts
We choose this cruise because it was to be our first time to visit Asia. The stops were super interesting with lots of variety. We hit the cherry blossoms almost perfectly. The ship was in fine condition with the exception of the ... Read more
darpat
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This cruise had a wonderful itinerary leaving from Hong Kong,and visiting large ports like Shanghai, Tianjin (Beijing), Incheon (Seoul) and Yokohama (Tokyo) as well as smaller ports like Nagasaki, Kagoshima ,Osaka, Naha, Jeju Island , ... Read more
madmax195
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
I chose this cruise ,28 days, intending to visit major cities in the far east and Japan in particular and with detail. Cruised on the Volendam sept 2016 to Alaska. Summarize this cruise as a disappointment. To begin I got sick after 5 ... Read more
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mossbrook
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this cruise because we loved the itinerary. We really liked the Volendam. Smallish and an older ship, but kept up well. Food was excellent. Cabin (6157) was adequate but did not have much storage space, but that is due to the ... Read more
NWKay
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
26 forum posts
Husband and I had never been to Japan or Taiwan or Korea. 42 days should give us an opportunity to check these countries off our list. We did not plan any days before or after cruise. This makes our third trip on the Volendam and it has ... Read more
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goddessofchaos
Member Since 2017
1 review
25 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our first cruise and we chose it because of the excellent price. We Book an inside cabin and because it ended up being a handicap cabin we had extra space. It would probably be nice to have a window, and perhaps next time we ... Read more
WarrenPaulHarris
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
The itinerary and timing were perfect. We have been wanting to visit Asia (specifically Japan) for a long time. Having this cruise end in Hong Kong was also a factor, as HK is one of our all-time favorite cities. The timing was ... Read more
TTLam
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
14 days Japan, China, Taiwan -- Landed into Narita Airport 2 days prior to embarkation, took the Narita Express Train to Yokohama (4290 YEN/$38USD). We stayed at Hotel Monterey Yokohama, which is only 4 large blocks away from the ... Read more
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Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
65 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This itinerary of HAL's Volendam attracted us without us knowing HAL had little experience in most of these ports and March was not a warm /good month to cruise in Asia. We liked the idea to get a sample of nine ports including Yokohama, ... Read more
summerinitaly
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
63 forum posts
We loved the ports in Jspan, Tsiwan, Shanghai and HongKong, missed Okinawa due to a weather delay. The captain was a very good communicator with frequent updates. The food was very good, lots of fresh fish and delicious osso buca and ... Read more
ptoca
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
So let me start out by saying that my wife and I are optimists, and easy to please. We had only been on one cruise prior to this, and it was a Disney cruise line (which was amazing, minus the squadron of children running around screaming ... Read more
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CHAN83
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was a very informative busy cruise. It was a great way to experience a lot of different Asian ports . The ship itself is small without any extra perks like climbing walls or skating rinks but the trip highlights some ... Read more
Jazzyp67
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we weren’t disappointed at all stopping off in China, South Korea and Japan. As first time cruisers and just turned 50 we were some of the youngest couples on board with the average ... Read more
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BucketLst54
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Hong Kong-Shanghai-Beijing-Seoul-Nagasaki-Kagoshima-Kagoshima. Firstly, this was a "shoulder" cruise making it a bit chilly and down right cold in some ports. The balcony was ... Read more
Gone golfing
Member Since 2014
1 review
46 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We booked this cruise because of the variety of port of calls in a region of the world we didn't really know. We spent a few days in Singapore before boarding, had a chance to scope out the cruise terminal ahead of time. Therefore, our ... Read more
mreeves53
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We were invited to join some friends on this itinerary. My husband wanted to revisit Vietnam, and I had previous enjoyable trips to Hong Kong and Japan. For us, the shipboard experience is as important and enjoyable as the ... Read more
sunhat123
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second Asian voyage in two years aboard Volendam, and we enjoyed this very interesting 28-day itinerary to many of Asia's most important destinations. Our ocean view cabin on Main Deck was comfortable and spacious but showing ... Read more
vazquezmar2004
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
My husband and I decided to spend our birthdays cruising South East Asia on board the Volendam. We decided to take this cruise late in the year and there were not that many room options available for us. We decided on the room 3381 and ... Read more
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jay.patterson@sbcglobal.n
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We just returned from our trip to Indonesia. This was our 20 something cruise. We've tried to think of something to review that hasn't already been mentioned to help future travelers. First, some positives: 1. Indonesian serve ... Read more
SidneySharon
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We have not cruised with HA since 2011. In the interim we have cruised with Oceania, and HA suffers in comparison. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - we wanted to visit several ports in Indonesia. Apparently we were not the ... Read more
CessnaGuy182
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We are a 3 star Mariner with Holland America working towards our 4 star. We go away every winter and liked the itinerary of this cruise. We were on for a total of 42 days. We like to listen to the piano and violin entertainment with a ... Read more
worldvisitors
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose the cruise for 2 reasons. To experience the Brand with a view to using them again and to see the destinations on this trip. That was - Hong Kong down to Indonesia. The ship is dated and the air con is ferocious everywhere. People ... Read more
enfpdancer
Member Since 2013
1 review
36 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My Volendam experience overall was positive . The Indonesia and Far East discovery cruise was perfect length of time to experience the flavour of SE Asia. As a single traveler I found the itinerary and the price reasonable. This was my ... Read more
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