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When it was launched in 1999, Volendam had the highest passenger capacity in Holland America's fleet. The ship is nearly 61,000 tons and carries 1,432 passengers, and, in a move that seems quaint now, it ...
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397 Holland America Volendam Cruise Reviews

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terp2053
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
49 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
All in all, good cruise and good value. Our June sailing gave us a lot of animal sightings. Whales and porpoise seemed to follow our ship. We took a whale watch excursion in Juneau, although we had already seen a lot of whales from the ... Read more
francisthetraveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
For a cruise that was marketed as about seeing wildlife, the crew seemed particularly lacking in knowledge on this area with apparently no ranger on board except for the short time when we were cruising through Glacier Bay. Most of the ... Read more
Nicknet
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After reading many different cruise site articles, speaking to friends and relatives, we decided on a total Inside Passage offered by HAL round trip from Vancouver. We wanted to avoid the choppy waters completely, as such Seattle round ... Read more
lizzien18@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as part of a Newmarket holiday - Rockies/ Alaska cruise and Vancouver, on the recommendation of a friend who travelled last year. I struggle to recognise our trip from some of the negative reviews posted. From start to ... Read more
ronaldlknight
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We're an active, retired couple who take 3 or 4 trips abroad each year. This 7-day Alaska cruise (Vancouver to Vancouver) on the Volendam was our second with Holland America. Our first HAL cruise was on the Nieuw Amsterdam which took us ... Read more

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mikethebus
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This Cruise was supposed to be part of a 19 day treat for my wife to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I booked a mini suite (6118) and once on board disappointment set in as the rooms were old and dated with trim missing and ... Read more
CarolynL58
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Our travel agent booked this for us. It was part of an 18 day Cosmos Tour. As first time cruisers we did not know what to expect but we were not at all disappointed. Embarcation at Canada Place, Vancouver took forever, which surely can ... Read more
ds0831
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Extremely poor customer service from the front desk! I had completed and faxed in a Special Requirement form for my granny since she has special dietary needs due to her diabetes and prior kidney problems. Her insulin needs to be ... Read more
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I like the smaller size ship Volendam and I found it to be spacious and never felt crowded, although it's an older ship, and it does show some wear and tear. The Inside Passage to Alaska was very scenic and we were able to enjoy the ... Read more
committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
12 reviews
21 forum posts
1 helpful vote
HAL is one of my favorite lines. . I like long cruises of 30 day and have already booked next year's HAL Cruise to S. AMERICA why? 1.dining room service w/ yudi was as good as the pinnacle and i tipped xtra. my roomie was gluten free ... Read more

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CruiseMGM
Member Since 2010
1 review
445 forum posts
8 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
10 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
0 forum posts
24 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
TrikerFart
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 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
veryseasonedtraveler
Member Since 2010
1 review
240 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We are 5 star on HAL and love cruising the high seas. This itinerary was wonderful. We boarded in Hong Kong. Because of Cruise Critic we knew several couples that would be sailing. Several excursions were pre-planned before boarding. ... Read more

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Dr. P
Member Since 2011
1 review
150 forum posts
12 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
240 forum posts
5 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
1 review
59 forum posts
8 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
3 reviews
37 forum posts
0 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
Traveller 2
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
114 forum posts
19 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

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Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
0 forum posts
5 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
1 review
57 forum posts
3 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
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
120 forum posts
5 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
MobyandDick
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
76 forum posts
5 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

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