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Holland America Line Volendam Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
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"While one expects to have an older cruise passengers on a Holland America ship. With this said that with the money I spent I would expect like hot water and clean rooms. The first night the room had a..."Read More
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fluff67068

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Rollercoaster of highs and lows

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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MischiefNM

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Because of this cruise, I am no longer feeling the love I used to feel as a 3 star mariner on HAL. We had a very spacious cabin 2555, but in the 16 days we were in it, the air conditioning never worked and the toilet never flushed properly. This is an inside wheelchair cabin, so in the hot Caribbean temperatures, a non-working toilet plus no a/c was a living hell. I of course complained ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person

10 Helpful Votes


Wonderful Cruise Itinerary, But Cost Cutting Even More Evident

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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LORDBOWDON

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

You may wonder why I only gave this a 4 star review, when for all the sub-items below I have rated them as 5 stars. The answer is because the ship had just come out of a two week dry dock, and as a result, many cabins, and some hallways had been flooded, and had no hot water or HVAC. One is always warned never to take the first cruise after a refit, and fortunately, I was not significantly ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

41 Helpful Votes


Great fun minus a little luster

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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mama2bifs

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

My daughter and I booked this cruise wanting some sun and fun and a vacation over a week long. This was great. We know HAL well and her pace suits our needs. We LOVE food, being waited on, quiet time, and a little entertainment. We don't care about lot of drinking and don't want to be onboard with a bunch of screaming kids or drunks. So that did eliminate some cruise lines for us. This was ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

5 Helpful Votes


Worst cruise ever

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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fluff67068

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

While one expects to have an older cruise passengers on a Holland America ship. With this said that with the money I spent I would expect like hot water and clean rooms. The first night the room had a musty moldy smell like maybe it had a leak at sometime and hadn’t been cleaned properly. My friend had gone through some lung issues just before the cruise so the second day he was sick ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Lanai Ocean-View Stateroom

11 Helpful Votes


Great for the older crowd.

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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Gentleman Traveler

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

As always, the ship, crew and food were great! The biggest issue was that more modern venues for entertainment have been shut down on the smaller boats. In the Ocean bar, the trio band (think older standards for ballroom dancing) played every night till 10pm and then at 11pm the cruise entertainment person took on the additional duty of DJ for the only dance floor left on the boat. Since it was ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

3 Helpful Votes


Volendam - Southern Caribbean

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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flaed

First Time Cruiser

Age 80s

We live in Naples, FL and we decided to drive to Ft. Lauderdale, FL the day before the cruise (Dec 12, 2006) and stay at the Sleep Inn in Dania, FL the night before. (We had had a bad scene with the last cruise - a three-hour wait for the Cruise Connection bus leaving Ft. Lauderdale on the last cruise.) The motel was close to the Cruise port, easy to get to (I-75 from Naples, via I-595 east, via ...
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Sail Date: December 2006

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Volendam - Southern Caribbean

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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NoNoNanette

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

HAL First Timers IMPRESSED! Volendam 12/03/06 This was our 6th cruise. Our first time on Holland America. Previously, we've sailed CARNIVAL, ROYAL OLYMPIA and PRINCESS. I can honestly say that HAL exceeded our expectations. During our travels, I keep a journal. I'm going to type excerpts from this. I'm hoping that this will be helpful to those of you who have never sailed with this line ...
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Sail Date: December 2006

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Volendam - Southern Caribbean

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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DaveT

First Time Cruiser

SUMMARY This cruise, the first for my wife and me on Holland America, was an enjoyable cruise, but was not our among favorites. Our previous cruises were on Royal Caribbean (4) and Celebrity (1). We agreed that the "personality" of HA was just not a match for us. There were things we liked and things we didn't like, just like any cruise, but our overall evaluation is that we would cruise HA ...
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Sail Date: November 2003

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Lanai Ocean-View Stateroom


Volendam - Southern Caribbean

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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jazncruiser

First Time Cruiser

Age 2020s

We boarded the Volendam on 10-16 around 1130. The embarkation process was very smooth. We had sent "WHO THE HAL ARE YOU" Tags to some of the other CC'ers who were on our roll call and met a couple of them waiting in line to embark. It was a blast. We went to Lido AFT deck and waited until our room was ready around 1300. Our room was fine, balcony is great. Our closet door did creak and was a ...
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Sail Date: October 2005

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Volendam - Southern Caribbean

Review for Volendam to Caribbean - Southern

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SassyGirl

First Time Cruiser

My mother and I went on the Volendam to the Southern Caribbean (she is 62, I am 39). Previously, we have sailed on Celebrity twice (on the Century to the Eastern and Western Caribbean). We ended up on this cruise last-minute. We were booked to go on the Celebrity Infinity to Hawaii, but the cruise was cancelled due to mechanical problems, so we scrambled to find another cruise to book ourselves ...
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Sail Date: March 2005

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

77 Helpful Votes


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