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Holland America Line Volendam Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America
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"This was our second sailing on the Volendam (Sixth on Holland America, twenty sixth overall) It was a simple 15 day Panama Canal crossing from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale. What was remarkable to me about this..."Read More
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FredT

10+ Cruises

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Great cruise

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Forester Gump

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We do an annual late winter cruise every year. We've traveled mainly on HAL, and have been pleased with the smaller ships and good service. This year we did the full transit of the Panama Canal, leaving from San Diego. We splurged this year on a Neptune suite. We have had one in the past, and really enjoy the bigger room, but especially the larger balcony. They are twice the size of the ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite

6 Helpful Votes


Awesome cruise through the Panama Canal

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Rocklin Cruiser

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Panama Canal was on the bucket list, so we pulled the trigger. The price on the Volendam from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco was to good to pass up. This was a 17 day cruise in April so there were kids on board at all, and the average age of the cruisers was probably about 75. My wife and I are in our early 50’s so we were some of the youngest on board. We are very active so this review, ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

21 Helpful Votes


HAL Does it Again

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tigar88

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Embarkation was organized by group number you're assigned as you check in. We spent a few minutes chatting with fellow passengers and soon enough we were called aboard. There probably is not a wait if you arrive after 11 or so. We were early for this cruise, unlike others where we sailed through embarkation. We chose the expedited group for disembarkation, meaning we carried our own luggage ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)

10 Helpful Votes


Ft Lauderdale to San Diego via Panama Canal

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Triplecee

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Our group chose this cruise unanimously in spite to the fact that at least 6 of the 26 of us had been through the Panama Canal on a cruise before. We had excellent cabin and dining staff. Brilliant Entertainment! The dining menus were up to par as we had experienced on the previous 4 cruises our group had taken on Holland America. The food quality in the Main dining room and in the Lido ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

6 Helpful Votes


Dreary ship with air conditioning issues

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vincentjean

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose this cruise because my husband wanted to sail through the Panama Canal and we had experienced an amazing transPacific cruise on the Holland America Noordam in 2018. This was a type of journeyman cruise compared to that on a smaller, older ship with fewer passengers, amenities and activities. The shop’s air conditioning was faulty with many of the public areas kept at painfully cold ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

5 Helpful Votes


Adagio music duo

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itimof46

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Iren & Vadim Timof (72 years old. Fremont California). That was our 13-th cruise. We enjoyed with our Panama cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego (December 18,2018 to January 3, 2019). Service on board was excellent, but dining menu in restaurant and buffet was poor. The same we can say about shops range. Very sorry. We liked all our excursions. It was very good arranged. Cabin ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

3 Helpful Votes


Smooth sailing

Review for Volendam to Panama Canal & Central America

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FredT

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This was our second sailing on the Volendam (Sixth on Holland America, twenty sixth overall) It was a simple 15 day Panama Canal crossing from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale. What was remarkable to me about this cruise was that there was so LITTLE to remark on. Everything worked, everything ran smoothly, the food was great, the ports were as advertised. On the subject of ports, we called on ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

67 Helpful Votes


The food and customer services is always excellent.

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On the Ocean Again

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

We continue to chose Holland America for the customer services, dining experience and how they prioritize you and your experience. The comedian (Andrew Kennedy) was hilarious. Holland America is really trying to appeal to a younger crowd, which I appreciate. We have traveled Holland America with our daughter, who is now 14, since she was 9. She has always enjoyed Club Hal. She prefers to ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

Traveled with children

6 Helpful Votes


The ship that never left Alaska

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deanshar

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

First time for Panama Canal. Holland America received great reviews. The ship it self was like an ice box! When inquired we were told nothing could be done. Our cabin was never warm as was the rest of the ship. My wife received a bad rash and when we went to desk for assist they called doctor and I was informed there would be a charge to open the office and charge for any ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom

4 Helpful Votes


Excellent Volendam Experience

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KCMermaid

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We simply chose the Holland America volendam because the dates fit in with several of the party we were cruising with. We do enjoy Holland America and our only bad experience out of 7 sailings with them has been on the veendam in the spring 2018 so we were a bit anxious about this booking on the volendam. We were absolutely delighted with our experience on the volume down. She is well ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person

5 Helpful Votes


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