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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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387 Holland America Volendam Cruise Reviews

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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
3 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
LesKenCruisers
Member Since 2013
1 review
32 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
244 forum posts
0 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
31 forum posts
3 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

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blueeyedcruiser59
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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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dockman
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
203 forum posts
3 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
8 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

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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
DACzuhause
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our third cruise and first time with HAL. We had a great time and would choose the Volendam and HAL again. There were no problems during embarkation or disembarkation. We liked that it is a smaller ship and thus doesn't take ... Read more
liz358
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My daughter and I were on the holiday of a lifetime and it included the cruise on the Volendam to Alaska. Our room was surprisingly spacious and had everything in that we needed. The roll call for safety instruction was a long faff but ... Read more
bawilliams2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We just got back from a fabulous cruise to Alaska on the Volendam. It was a multigenerational cruise including Nana, Papa, our 8 year daughter, 5 year old daughter and my sister and family. We all had an amazing time and could not believe ... Read more
mollyskin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong that it would take more space than allowed. We spent extra money for this ship thinking it would be better for us as ... Read more

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JWalshe
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We found the ship to be well appointed and in exceptional condition if not a little dated. The crew to be very helpful and ... Read more
Miss Jane C
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
We have no complaints about this cruise. We stayed in a Neptune suite and maybe you get what you pay for in accommodations. No one can predict the natural occurrences but we sure lucked out with glacier calving, orca and humpback whales, ... Read more
JohnOsment
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My wife and I booked this cruise to relax at the end of a three week driving tour of the Canadian Rockies. We were rather disappointed. The underlying atmosphere was one of commercialism. Always a pressure to buy and spend - offers on ... Read more
beatriz22
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
1,205 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our 2nd same trip to Alaska on this ship chosen for the dates and size of the ship. Will start with some positives. Leaving Vancouver was very pretty after an easy check in and it was nice to go to a decent buffet (rooms not ready ... Read more
safetypro
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
The embarkation part of this trip felt like a cattle call. there were five or more buses trying to board at the same time. Crew members were barking orders and expecting instant obedience. On the flip side, it was the smoothest ... Read more

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Fariba
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We (2 adults, a teen and a pre-teen) loved this ship and the cruise. There was always something to do for each one of us. Well-stocked library, plenty of reading spaces, games, activities.The food and service was great. The ports and shore ... Read more
vancy
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
I don't understand the negative reviews. This was a very nice ship in excellent shape. We sailed on Celebrity Reflection in its first year. Reflection was nice, but I'd give edge to Volendam. Public areas have nicer decor and much ... Read more
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lawra09
Member Since 2001
5 reviews
179 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
After reading recent reviews of the Volendam, we were a little apprehensive but since we were only going to be on it for 3 days prior to a 9 day Holland America land tour, we just hoped for the best. Let me first say this was our 58th ... Read more
Diminoj@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
This smaller ship had the qualities of great food with a good variety of choices. The service was also very good. We had a suite and the amenities were great. The free pressing service and laundry was very handy and become a spoiled ... Read more
grendel_z
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
After reading all of the negative reviews about the food, the ship, the service (though this usually gets high marks) and the activities, I was a little concerned about what we might find once we boarded. It's true that the ship looks ... Read more

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