Almost perfect!: Volendam Cruise Review by LOBOGORDO
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Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Interesting how the passenger profile changed from the Sydney - Singapore segment to the Singapore-Hong Kong leg. The first segment included many from Australia, and many of passengers were older couples (like us--72). very few children. From Singapore to Hong Kong, many Chinese passengers and children replaced the older and Aussy passengers.
So many great things about this cruise and ship! A comfortable cabin, friendly and efficient crew, good shows, wonderful lounge music and good food made the onboard experience a very good one. Shore excursions were interesting but at times exhausting--especially those to Hanoi, Ho Chi Mien City, and on Java and Balli. But the facinating sites made the long bus rides worthwhile.
The one shore stop that was disappointing--and really the only negative on the whole cruise--was at Sihanoukville, More Cambodia. Dirty, irritating vendors, ill-prepared for visitors--this stop should be eliminated from the cruise's itinerary! I hear Ankor Watt, Cambodia is wonderful and facinating, but how many will be willing to pay the $3,000-plus tab to take advantage of this multi-day side trip?
Our pre-cruise side trip to New Zealand and post-cruise stay in Hong Kong helped make this a truly memorable trip. I would recommend it to anyone who can afford the time and expense of the cruise. Less
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