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150 Holland America Asia Cruise Reviews
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tfuller1
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Holland America does an okay job. Pretty vanilla experience with normal ups and downs. The main deal with this cruise is that, although southeast Asia is a great place to visit, it is a poor place to visit via cruising. Most of the ... Read more
lilibetii
Member Since 2009
1 review
18 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
People have all different expectations and so there many different reactions as exemplified here. This was my 6th cruise on the Rotterdam and having taken very many cruises I now find that this is my best cruise ever. I boarded the ... Read more
dutchopa
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
96 forum posts
28 helpful votes
After booking this cruise almost 12 months ago we were allocated a cabin 10 days prior to its sailing. The booking in Rotterdam was very slow there were not enough personnel booking passengers in and this created long delays. We booked ... Read more
UptwnChgo
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I liked the itinerary. I had visited some of the places on the itinerary, already. But I had never visited Indonesia or Da Nang. I also had been on the Volendam on a previous cruise before. Embarkation: Was fast and efficient. ... Read more
WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had a stateroom on deck 3. The window opens out to lower promenade deck, while it let in sunshine to tell us if it is day or night, and has a reflecting coating on the outside, the inside of the room was still visible at night, ... Read more
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GlobalVillager
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Background: we had never traveled to Indonesia, and was looking for a land tour when we stumbled across this cruise on HAL It was an easy decision to take the more comfortable option. The itinerary was the main consideration for us in ... Read more
WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The Indonesian ports selected were quite special and side trips offered to important sites:- A. Ports of Call Tanjung Priok (Jakarta): This is the port of Jakarta and it is in North Jakarta. I think this stop was set up for port ... Read more
nergeshb
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
This was the first time after my husband was confined to a wheelchair that we were cruising, and we were so looking forward to it The Volendam was an old ship but quite nice. We were in an wheelchair assissible cabin, with a restricted ... Read more
nergeshb
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
11 forum posts
Sailed December 2015
This was the first time after my husband was confined to a wheelchair that we were cruising, and we were so looking forward to it The Volendam was an old ship but quite nice. We were in an assissible cabin, with a restricted view. The ... Read more
doreenlim
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ship shoe excursion is ex and not worth it. Don't believe their advertising -experts, best shore excursion Thilawa -We didn't go onshore as we intend to make a 2 weeks trip there another time. My husband has visited Myanmar before. From ... Read more
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LesKenCruisers
Member Since 2013
1 review
47 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were on the 14 day Xmas & New Year Volendam Cruise 2015/2016. Started off with 3 nights Hotel stay at the Orchard Parade Hotel, Singapore, this was centrally situated with easy walk to shops and restaurants. We had transfer to ... Read more
GeorgeCharlie
Member Since 2012
1 review
299 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Volendam IV - The old gal is starting to show her age, but still has a strong heart and made all that much stronger by being staffed with a very competent/loyal crew. The staff throughout all departments made our 28-day cruise all an ... Read more
AKJonesy
Member Since 2015
1 review
54 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I hope this review will help first timers with some information I wish I had known before sailing. So, I will make my review in order starting with boarding. We were notified while in Singapore that our cruise ship port had changed from ... Read more
blueeyedcruiser59
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I found the cruise relaxing but lacked activities for younger cruisers. Also found that being a single male and having the twin beds pushed together to make a king bed was a bit of a problem, as i tended to roll into the crack between the ... Read more
Zinio
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Some people have inflated expectations, and (as a result) complain too much. We embarked in Sydney and stayed on the Volendam in Singapore for a second cruise in SE Asia. We liked the Volendam much. It is smaller than the Oosterdam (which ... Read more
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Embarkation
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
My first cruise on Holland America and my LAST Have done at least a dozen cruises with all companies and this was without a doubt the very worst. The food was dreadful, the photos on HALs website are certainly not from Volendam. Portion ... Read more
Wombat40
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first and probably last trip with Holland America. We had previously done a 19 night trip with Cunard which we thoroughly enjoyed. The cruise ticked all the boxes when we booked. It was travelling from Hong Kong to Japan and ... Read more
Kala89
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
44 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We boarded the Volendam in Hong Kong. Embarkation was a breeze and we were happy to hear that our cabins were ready even before noon. Our cabin had lots of storage space. The newly installed lanai cabins had great new ... Read more
markh0464
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Our cruise got off to a bad start, the drink packages we had prepaid for did not appear on our cards so the drinks were charged to our room, the other family we were travelling with the same thing happened. Easy fix you should think but ... Read more
timbo5592
Member Since 2014
1 review
18 forum posts
Sailed March 2015
Embarkation in Singapore was reasonably straight forward (in spite of being taken to the wrong cruise centre by the taxi driver). The only thing that could have been improved was the forms we had to fill out while standing in a mass of ... Read more
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Bankiefaeclyde
Member Since 2015
1 review
27 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
We embarked on 16th March, after spending three days at the Riverview Hotel - which we had gotten a 'superior weekend deal' on - great hotel - not one complaint!! The cruise docked in Malacca, Penang, Malaysia, Phuket Thailand, three days ... Read more
bella crociera
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We embarked on 16 March for the 14 day cruise via Malacca, George Town, Phuket, Myanmar, Langkawi, KL and return to Singapore. We made our own arrangements for tours as the ship tours are indeed far too expensive. Our tours were at least ... Read more
DonahCBrown
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
3,263 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
I've just finished reading some of the recent Volendam reviews and think I must have been on a different ship. Our experience, overall, was stellar. The ship had just completed a major drydock in December, and it seemed to us the things ... Read more
mrzisme
Member Since 2007
1 review
We are active cruisers and have enjoyed many trips on HAL! This was not the HAL we knew and loved. First, the cutbacks are very obvious: from the food to the tissues, fewer staff, lecturers and quality entertainers. But, more dramatic ... Read more
Cruise4Sunshine
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
313 forum posts
I am a 3 star Mariner with Holland America, but this is my first cruise with them in Asia. The Volendam has come through its December refurbishment quite nicely. I was in a category A, verandah cabin, quite mid-ship, 6163. Other than ... Read more
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