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150 Holland America Asia Cruise Reviews
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drvan
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We have previously completed HAL cruises to Myanmar and Hong Kong from Singapore. This Indonesia cruise was the missing link. We have been to Singapore many, many times. Stayed at Sofitel So. The only highlights were the Telok Ayer Food ... Read more
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ike0144
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
33 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We arrived the day prior to embarkation. We flew with Singapore Airlines and they offer a deal on hotel and shuttle to the hotel. The hotel we stayed in was good but only offered a buffet breakfast at $28 Singapore dollars/person. We got ... Read more
Russ4Joy
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise mainly to get a taste of Vietnam and we were not disappointed. We checked our ports and shore excursions on Trip Advisor and selected shore excursion with both HAL and private providers according to what we wanted ... Read more
HappyHombre
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This is difficult to rate because somethings were great, other were ordinary. We made the best of it and hard a great cruise but HAL could do some simple things to make it so much better. We are both early 50ś but felt like we were ... Read more
Yessirhesaid
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Cruise companies must recognise that the world has changed and even grey cruisers are used to unrestricted free internet access. The issues concerning internet access spoils what ought to be a relaxing experience. First cruise, so ... Read more
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Hans J.
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
This was our fourth relatively long cruise aboard a HAL ship. The general hotel function was fantastic as usual with good food and very friendly/helpful staff. Our Vista Suite with verandah was kept neat, tidy and clean by hard working but ... Read more
Manninagh
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
First time Holland America. Smaller ship was refreshingly good with 1200 on board. Staff were very friendly and we were quickly on first name terms with many of them. Ian, Manager of shore excursions,was a hoot. He should have his own ... Read more
CruiseMGM
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
526 forum posts
24 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Hong Kong to Yokahama, 16 days on the Volendam. Flew in to Hong Kong a few days early and stayed at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Kowloon. Great place to stay, great city to explore. Embarked the ship at Kai Tak cruise terminal and ... Read more
landandsealover
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
22 helpful votes
We were drawn to the Holland America Volendam cruise because of the itinerary. We did not take the entire 35 days, but opted for the 16 days from Hong Kong to Tokyo. The ship itself is smaller than many these days but just right for us. It ... Read more
Mr. Pierce
Member Since 2016
1 review
38 helpful votes
We have cruised with Holland America Line on 14 of their cruises on various vessels. This was our first experience on the ms Volendam. First of all, the employees on the ms Volendam, like nearly all of their sister vessels' employees, ... Read more
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TrikerFart
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 helpful votes
I had visited Hong Kong on R&R during the Vietnam War and frequently talked to my wife about how much I enjoyed the trip. Subsequently, my wife expressed an interest in visiting Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. I arranged this cruise on ... Read more
Dr. P
Member Since 2011
1 review
160 forum posts
18 helpful votes
We are 4 star Mariners which means- among other things- we have sailed on a variety of Holland America ships. As always the staff and crew were outstanding. Our cabin steward was one of the best we have had. We were always greeted with a ... Read more
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pmmh
Member Since 2011
1 review
248 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
WE are 4 star Mariners and absolutely loved sailing on this cruise and ship! Was it perfect? Of course not, but I absolutely loved the ports that we were in. Most of the tours we took were private tours, but we did take some HAL tours. ... Read more
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Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
65 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We sailed back to back on the solar eclipse Indonesia cruise and then the Thailand, Vietnam to Hong Kong cruise (31 days) . We are 4 star mariners with HAL so We have sailed with them many times. We have sailed on every class of ship ... Read more
jerseyv
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The 2016 Volendam Indonesia Eclipse Cruise March (1 to March 17) from Singapore deviated from the normal route in order to detour into the Makassar Straits to view the Total Eclipse of the sun. Over half of passengers on this cruise were ... Read more
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Traveller 2
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
123 forum posts
28 helpful votes
We are 4 star Mariners so have been on many Holland America cruises on many of their ships. We just completed a 45 day back to back thru Asia. . Unfortunately we have to rate the Volendam as only a 3 to 4 star . This is not because of ... Read more
Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
14 reviews
7 helpful votes
Although we have been on many cruises with other cruise lines, this was only our second on a Holland America ship. So mostly we are comparing the Volendam to the Zaandam. We always pick cruises by itinerary rather than any particular ... Read more
Florida Frog
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
65 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We loved our 30-day, back to back cruise from Singapore and the Far East and Indonesia, including the solar eclipse. The ship is comfortable and all the staff were wonderful. The itinerary was well planned, with just enough down time ... Read more
sunhat123
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We enjoyed our two-week cruise from Singapore to Myanmar and return aboard the Volendam. As first-time cruisers we found the relatively small ship very comfortable. HAL upgraded our cabin from oceanview to a Lanai cabin on the lower ... Read more
LBFLEX@aol.com
Member Since 2008
1 review
142 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I generally choose HAL for the itineraries. The ship is in really poor condition. Bathroom, broken shower tiles with mold, staining, and rust. Three water main breaks on second deck over 4 weeks. Loud construction noises on room nearby for ... Read more
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MobyandDick
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
82 forum posts
11 helpful votes
The Volendam crew worked very hard to make our cruise a special one and the staff succeeded doing so. It is the lack of management (or lack of understanding passengers on higher level) that has puzzled us. The only truly hard-working ... Read more
Kipling
Member Since 2006
1 review
267 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers with many cruises on many lines, but mainly Holland America. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. Shore excursions were as usual, and as usual it was cheaper and better to organise your own if ... Read more
flyseafly
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
Having cruised over 10 times and with several cruise lines we are definitely not new to cruising. Overall the itinerary made us glad that we went but Holland America seriously needs to consider what customers they are targeting. We will ... Read more
UptwnChgo
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
3 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Regular traveler on HAL. First travel on the Volendam. Ship, definitely is older and smaller. Was assigned Cabin 6167. Nice quiet cabin until on some nights the performer in the Ocean bar sang too loud or passengers became too rowdy. ... Read more
mancmons
Member Since 2011
1 review
39 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip on the Volendam, great itinerary and well looked after by a really cheerful and efficient team on board. We really couldn't fault the overall "hotel" experience on board although a bit less ... Read more
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