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Volendam Cruise Review by McArthur3

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Volendam
Volendam
Member Name: McArthur3
Cruise Date: June 2011
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: DA
Cabin Number: 3351
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Alaskan Anniversary
Coming at the end of a 4 week holiday covering the Canadian Rockies and west coast cities travelling by car, plane and train we were looking forward to some total relaxation time. And that's just what we got on the Volendam. The cabin staff were extremely helpful and polite. Our cabins were cleaned almost immediately we left for breakfast every morning. All crew we encountered acknowledged us and took interest in where we had travelled from.

The Entertainment was first class but the timing of the first shows conflicting with dining times which made the second shows very busy.Food was excellent in the formal dining room - our last night aboard was our actual anniversary and we dined in the pinnacle grill - a further charge for this but what a meal - superb - one of the very best meals we have had - with very attentive service. We chose not to use the Lido restaurant much as it was a 'free for all' with some guests choosing to sit at tables well after their meal was finished causing others to eat standing up! - Not good. Additionally after a couple of days it was a self serve area with folks stretching over food, touching breads/pastries etc then putting them back - yuck! Lastly some people using this used it as a 'trough' - the amount of food piled onto plates only to be discarded was disgraceful - greed ruled the majority of these folks.

The shop staff were nice with exception of one female assistant who really could not be bothered serving me. The photography staff were very good - we had some lovely pictures of us both taken. However the JC Black photographer was excellent and worth a visit to - her photographs were truly beautiful and a great way to commemorate our anniversary.

Finally - port calls were very good - Alaska is gorgeous - visit to glacier bay was fantastic - witnessed calving, brown bears, whales, sea otters , eagles. The time cruising glacier bay was amazing - a truly unspoilt and glorious place.


Publication Date: 06/27/11
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