Another wonderful cruise with HAL: Volendam Cruise Review by Two cruisers downunder
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Another wonderful cruise with HAL
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
The ship was clean & well maintained and the fresh flowers were a delight.
The night before we departed we received a second upgrade to a A balcony suite and as it was my birthday on departure day things started in fine form.
The entertainment was great, this was the best group of HAL entertainers ever on a HAL ship. Not only the 4 leads could sing More in perfect pitch but the remainder of the group as well. The Murder Mystery dinner was excellent. First time I have ever been offered this on any ship. A most entertaining evening with the best dessert ever.
Dining was excellent in whichever venue we choose. Again we went Open Seating and never had a problem getting a seat at our requested time. We ate several times in Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto and in both places enjoyed the extra special service.
As always all staff were cheerful and attentive, any request was dealt with quickly. The mature aged cruise director was one of the best we have come across. He managed to be efficient and entertaining with out too much of the "are we having fun" attitude.
Our veranda suite was perfect for our needs and the bed, again one of the most comfortable at sea. We enjoyed using our balcony for a before dinner drink or occasional room service meals.
After being disappointed that we couldn't make it to USA & Canada it was a pleasant surprise just how much we enjoyed cruising in our own backyard with a side trip to Indonesia. Yes, you can go more cheaply with other cruise lines but its worth the bit extra to go with an old friend who treats us so well. Less
Cabin review: 7036
Good sizes balcony stateroom. Great bedding. Everything well maintained. Plenty of storage for all our gear to be stored away out of sight as we hate clutter about the place. Our roomy balcony had a lounger, table and chair and we spent a good deal of time out there.