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Auckland to Australia & New Zealand Holland America Line Volendam Cruise Reviews
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"Our experience was so bad, we disembarked in wellington after 4 days of the cruise. It was a floating nursing home and everything about the ship and it's itinerary of entertainment reflected that. The real 'rub of..."Read More
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Utter disappoitment

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Badidea

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Our experience was so bad, we disembarked in wellington after 4 days of the cruise. It was a floating nursing home and everything about the ship and it's itinerary of entertainment reflected that. The real 'rub of salt in the wounds' came with the reply from Holland America: Thank you for the email regarding your ms Volendam . We truly appreciate the valuable feedback you have provided ...
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Sail Date: November 2012

Departure Port: St. Thomas

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

2 Helpful Votes


2 weeks Auckland to Sydney, OCT/NOV!

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oodles

First Time Cruiser

Age 2020s

Background Information My husband and I have cruised about 10 times, different ships, different parts of the world. Took this cruise to celebrate our 40th Bdays. This cruise we had Stateroom D. Oceanview Stateroom, center ship. Too cold for balcony use. And center ship below teak deck you can run up one flight of stairs and be outside in a minute if you wanted to get a quick pix. Never heard ...
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Sail Date: October 2010

Departure Port: St. Thomas

7 Helpful Votes


Cruise newbies love Volendam

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wrightsl

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

For our first cruise we decided to travel in familiar territory (Australia and New Zealand) so that we could focus on the cruise rather than the destinations. We had looked at a large number of possible cruise lines but thought that HAL would be the right demographic for us (active couple, 59,62, retired) and we were proved right. Boarding the Volendam at Auckland went very smoothly and we ...
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Sail Date: December 2010

Departure Port: St. Thomas

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


Auckland - Australia Christmas cruise 2009.

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Allawah

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

I will not go into too much detail, just list the likes and dislikes and overall opinion of the ship. Embarkation & disembarkation is one thing that HAL do very well. Always quick and well organised. Only negative, they need more signs in Auckland so you know exactly where to go. The Volendam has everything you need but is starting to look a bit tired in places. A huge amount of restaurants to ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Departure Port: St. Thomas

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

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Volendam: a 4 star experience

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Magout

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

The Volendam was chartered on this cruise by Atlantis Events, a US based gay and lesbian travel operator, and timed to arrive in Sydney on the day of the Mardi Gras parade. Accordingly, I haven't included any comments about entertainment as this was specific to this cruise. Summary: an acceptable 4 star experience (even though my comments below look more critical than that) but overpriced for ...
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Sail Date: February 2010

Departure Port: St. Thomas

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Christmas Down Under

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starTSM

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Background DH and I have cruised on several other lines including Holland America Lines. This was our second cruise with HAL. We decided to try a midsize ship again after two previous cruises on smaller ships. We've cruised the Aegean, the Mediterranean, transited the Panama Canal, one transatlantic crossing and the Caribbean. This would be our first cruise in the southern hemisphere. We used ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Departure Port: St. Thomas

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


just want to do it again!

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Kiwi1

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

We decided to have a really relaxing Christmas and escape cooking the turkey etc., cruising in 'our own backyard' seemed to fit the bill nicely. Home to the port was a breeze as we live only 30 minutes north of Auckland, embarkation was quick and easy and we were onboard in time for the Mariners Lunch in the Main Dining Room. Our first impression of the Volendam was the dim lighting in both ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Departure Port: St. Thomas


Fantastic Holiday Cruise

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MRA311

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

First, I would like to mention that the Aussies & Kiwis are the nicest, friendliest and most outgoing people in the world! This review is for the MS Volendam which left December 20, 2009 from Auckland, NZ and disembarked in Sydney, AUS on January 6, 2010 (17 Nights). We visited 11 ports (including Auckland) plus scenic cruising of the While Island Volcano and Milford Sound. We had an early ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Departure Port: St. Thomas


New Zealand - Sydney Christmas & new year cruise

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tropical

First Time Cruiser

I'd like to give my comments on our recent Holland Anerica cruise round New Zealand & Australia. I started the cruise with no preconceptions about Holland America, or how they may compare to other lines.  We have been on several cruises before, all on different lines, to different continents. The cruise was 17 days and over the Christmas & New Year period Overview : Let me start off with my ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Departure Port: St. Thomas


Expecting to go up a notch!

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70notout

First Time Cruiser

Age 80s

As the family were all doing their own thing we decided to take a Christmas cruise for a change around our own country. We only had a short flight from Christchurch to Auckland and on return only 3 hrs from Sydney to Christchurch. My first impression of the Volendam was gloomy and dark and felt only half the lights were on. The same in our stateroom which was a balcony cabin on navigation deck and ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Departure Port: St. Thomas

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


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