Just completed a fascinating 10-day partial transit of Panama Canal. Health Dept. placed a 5-day "code red" restrictions due to a virus outbreak on the previous cruise. The Volendam staff was pressed to handle the extra work required by the restrictions, but handled it with efficiency and aplomb. Kudos to the captain for keeping the guests well informed. Service from the wait staff was exceptional. Our outside cabin was always clean and room attendant attentive. The activities were varied and suitable for the average guest (age 60?). My husband and I took a tour of the island on Curacao and ziplined in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Both excursions were handled smoothly. The stops in Aruba, Half Moon Cay and Puerto Limon were exciting. Colon should be removed completely as a stop. Daily, a lecture was given on board about the building of the Panama Canal which enhanced the transit. We chose early seating dining and the food was very lovely in appearance but maybe just above average in taste. We also dined at the Pinnacle Grill and while the steaks were almost perfect, the other food items were almost tasteless. The entertainment was varied: comedian, banjoist, and the ship's song and dance team. The library was exceedingly well stocked but, sadly because of the health restrictions, it remained locked for the first five days of the cruise. The disembarkation went without a hitch and being allowed to remain in our stateroom until our color was called was a real plus.
The Volendam's wait staff is excellent. They anticipated our needs and kept everything in order. But the ship is very tired: carpet stained, large dining room window cracked, some window shades inoperable, a/c in our state room never fully operational. We received value for our money and will travel with Holland America again.