Holland America Volendam Cruise Reviews

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argyllsock
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
35 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was our first cruise on Holland America after 15 cruises on Celebrity, Disney, RCCL, NCL, Carnival, Windstar, and SilverSea. We picked the cruise probably for all the wrong reasons: we had a specific 7 day window that we could ... Read more
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Our previous experience made us want to return for another Alaska cruise. Same ship, same cabin - almost the same experience. The only disappointment was that training sessions were limited. The time aboard was as good as we remember. We ... Read more
Pippin60
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 helpful votes
The Japan to Vancouver 16 day cruise was our fourth on HAL. Volendam is the smallest of the four ships we have been on, but it has all the characteristics of the larger versions and we felt right at home from the outset. The crew is ... Read more
Lee Shar
Member Since 2009
1 review
72 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My travel partner has a son living in Japan and this seemed a good way to visit Japan and come home easily. What a great decision that was. This was a well done cruise with three lecturers discussing the Japanese culture and as we ... Read more
rotjeknor
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
225 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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Cruisers from BC
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
The itinerary for this cruise - Japan, South Korea and the N Pacific crossing was great. We enjoyed all the ports. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth in Yokohama. Going ashore in the other ports was easy - the only hold ups ... Read more
chambly
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
ToBe
Member Since 2006
1 review
1,386 forum post
1 helpful vote
We spent a few days in Hong Kong before we boarded the ship and had planned our ports with both HAL and private excursions. We chose the cruise because we liked the variety of ports. We wanted learn as much as we could about the ports and ... Read more
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Btimmer
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
692 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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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
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
28 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
2 helpful votes
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
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TTLam
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 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
3 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
4 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
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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
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
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