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Holland America Line Volendam Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Alaska

Holland America Line
Volendam
Alaska
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

12

Very Good

4

Average

3

Poor

1

Terrible

1

Cruise type

Family Cruises

54

Senior Cruises

29

First-Time Cruisers

21

Romantic Cruises

11

Cruises for the Disabled

5

21 Holland America Line Volendam Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Alaska


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lizzien18@hotmail.com

1 Review Written

26 Helpful Votes

Fabulous Cruise Experience!

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We chose this cruise as part of a Newmarket holiday - Rockies/ Alaska cruise and Vancouver, on the recommendation of a friend who travelled last year. I struggle to recognise our trip from some of the negative ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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liz358

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Amazing

My daughter and I were on the holiday of a lifetime and it included the cruise on the Volendam to Alaska. Our room was surprisingly spacious and had everything in that we needed. The roll call for safety instruction ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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mollyskin

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

First and Last on Holland America

Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong that it would take more space than allowed. We spent extra money for this ship thinking it ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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JWalshe

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

An Acquired Taste

Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We found the ship to be well appointed and in exceptional condition if not a little dated. The crew to ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Miss Jane C

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

No Complaints

We have no complaints about this cruise. We stayed in a Neptune suite and maybe you get what you pay for in accommodations. No one can predict the natural occurrences but we sure lucked out with glacier calving, ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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vagporto

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Wonderful experience on Volendam

This was our first cruise, so we have not a lot to compare with. Since we used a lot the CC reviews during our research for our cruise, I will anyhow summarise our experience in the Volendam. We have been ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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AT9

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Volendam Alaska Cruise July 31/13

Hi All, we just got back from a 1 week cruise on the Volendam, review below...hope it helps someone & is informative! About Us - We are in our mid 30's, NEVER been on a cruise before, travel often in USA & Mexico. ...
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Sail Date July 2013


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AussieAbroad

1 Review Written

First time cruiser

As a first time cruiser, I didn't really know what to expect, but I can say that I did very much enjoy cruising and the destinations. However, Holland America was not really up to scratch in several areas, most ...
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Sail Date July 2013


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kwogni

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Alaska Roundtrip May 12 - 29, 2013

This was my very first cruise and thanks to Holland America & the Volendam, I can't wait to for my next cruise to some destination. Here are my observations.Embarkation:We arrived at the Canada Place cruise ship ...
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Sail Date May 2013


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knwnsav

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Awesome Alaska Cruise but ship service lacking

My husband and I and 5 friends cruised Alaska's Inside Passage on Holland America's Volendam from 9/19 to 9/26. This was our first cruise and I will tell you that we loved the experience. We will cruise again. Maybe ...
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Sail Date September 2012


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Jazz41

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Exceeded all expectations

This was our first cruise and we choose it because we wanted to see Alaska. After researching the different cruise lines we choose HAL because of traveller reviews and because it went to Glacier Bay. We also wanted ...
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Sail Date September 2012


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im2of5

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

If Earth was a Waterworld HAL would've been my chosen contry

Many thanks to the great reviews on this and other sites. All that info really helped preparing for my first ever cruise. Here is a 1-minute review for those who are in a hurry to book their next cruise: Our ...
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Sail Date August 2012


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chriskfla

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Volendam 7/4/12 - 7/11/12 Inside Passage Review

We're in our late 40's with a 11 yr old daughter. We try to do one big vacation each year and always try to ensure it's a high-end experience. For example, last year was an exclusive Tuscan Villa for five days ...
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Sail Date July 2012


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Ieuanfawr

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Terrific Alaskan scenery

We stayed in the Pan Pacific in Vancouver, and when we woke up on the day of departure, the Volendam was moored right below our room. Embarkation was straightforward, with the ship's staff being very helpful. My ...
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Sail Date July 2012


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Hooverama

1 Review Written

Is Holland America becoming more family friendly?

We've never cruised before. Our style is to see a place and explore it, instead of hop off a ship, take a tour, snap a photo and hit the Lido deck. We've looked at Alaska for years and logistically, a cruise is the ...
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Sail Date June 2012


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mvfjk0245

1 Review Written

First time cruising ; MS Volendam

This is my first time on a cruise. I wasn't really looking forward to it since it was just a cruise and i was going to Alaska. To me it was just to get out of school and to see my cousins. I traveled with 3 of my ...
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Sail Date May 2012


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jlunswor

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Enjoyable cruise with some minor glitches

Overall I enjoyed my cruise to Alaska with Holland America & would recommend it, as long as you can handle a couple of "glitches". My highlights: - Food: I thought the food, and selection, was very good. - ...
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Sail Date May 2012


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BrianC-80

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

First Inside Passage Cruise of the Season

I'll start this review by saying that I've never been on a cruise before. My brother and sister-in-law has cruised on Royal Caribbean before and always praised it, but given that one of those enormous ships are ...
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Sail Date May 2012


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xplorer310

1 Review Written

HAL Alaska CruiseTour 5A

Review & Comments on Holland America Lines CruiseTour #5A - Vancouver to Anchorage via Juneau, Tracy Arm, Skagway, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Tok, Fairbanks and Anchorage - July 6-19, 2011 Our pre-cruise ...
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Sail Date July 2011


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green2u

4 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Go for the scenery, not for the ship!

I was very spoiled after taking an April 2010 transatlantic Celebrity Equinox cruise then turning around less than 2 months later for this June 2010 Volendam trip. I really didn't pay that much more per day on ...
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Sail Date June 2010


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cruisehappy28

1 Review Written

A Spectacular Surprise

I wasn't planning to write a review but just had to tell people about the best holiday my husband and I have had to date. As first time cruisers we thought a 7 day Alaska cruise on a smaller ship (1500 passengers) ...
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Sail Date July 2010


Volendam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.53.9
Dining4.04
Entertainment3.53.4
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.53.7
Family3.53.7
Enrichment5.03.5
Service5.04.2
Value For Money4.03.7
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