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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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401 Holland America Volendam Cruise Reviews

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sunhat123
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 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
122 forum posts
8 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
78 forum posts
7 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
10 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
0 forum posts
16 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

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UptwnChgo
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
3 forum posts
6 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
8 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
tfuller1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
UptwnChgo
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
3 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
3 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
2 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
2 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
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
32 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
245 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
31 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
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
3 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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jos12
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
April 2014 we were in French Polynesia and had a wonderful time. This time we choose a Volandam cruise Seattle - Sydney - Bali because we thought the itinerary looked great as well. It was partly great indeed, but also partly ... Read more
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dockman
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
231 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my fourth cruise on the Volendam in past three years. Last year I did the reverse Sydney to Vancouver so I was well aware of sea days and port calls and quite familiar with the Volendam. Overall it was a pleasant cruise with ... Read more
JosNaylor
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I am not a usual contributor to review forums but I am struggling to reconcile the wonderful cruise just experienced on Volendam with these recent negative reviews on Cruise Critic. A strong influence on the enjoyment of any cruise will be ... Read more
peter grant
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
21 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I have a 30-year relationship with Holland America, stretching back to a Christmas cruise on the old Noordam in 1986. For a number of years it was our preferred cruise line, but our two most recent experiences – this year ... Read more
nancygus
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Six of us took the Alaska cruise out of Vancouver BC and the trip was great....beyond my expectations!! We had a nice room with a Lanai and it was clean and spacious (for a room on a cruise boat). We loved the exercise room, as it looked ... Read more

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