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Volendam Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
561 reviews
10 Awards

HAL loses Stars

Review for Volendam to the Middle East
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2013
Cabin: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Personal Background Information Two 65 yr olds. 14th cruise. Like the smaller ships. Normally have a large transit component for the cruise, so the cost is high and so is the expectation. HAL had been given a good reputation by the agency (5 star reputedly). We expected good western food and good service.

Travel To Port of Embarkation

The connections through our local travel agent were good and bad. We would not use them again. There was confusion about the level of cabin to be assigned and HAL, when contacted, were singularly unhelpful.

Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Cabin FF

Cabin was ok but at speed it was like being in a washing machine - (close to stabilisers?)

Port Reviews

Koh Samui

Been there before and it is a typical Thai resort island.

Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

HAL charged for the shuttle to Pattaya which id nothing much.


HAL charged for shuttle to get to the main village which is very poor, dirty and full of pushy taxi drivers. The booze is cheap and the market large, surprisingly clean and friendly.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Docked at Phu My -- quite a ways from Ho Chi Minh and Vung Tau. Country and guide was terrific.

Da Nang

Called at Nha Trang first. It was very interesting. Da Nang was another shuttle that had to be paid for. It is a dirty city but Hoi An was near by taxi and very nice.


Actually Ha Long Bay - stunning, even in the crappy weather we got for that one day. The Junk tour to the caves were great.

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