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Stateroom - spacious, clean, with half sized bath, Elemis shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, plenty of wardrobe space. Attendants pleasant and helpful.

Meals - good range of food, staff cheery and helpful but not always fully attentive (topping up drinks, clearing away). On formal nights there was mixed dress standards, but the restaurant provided a jacket (even if not a tailored fit!) to gents who were without one.

Deck areas - always plenty of places to nab a seat/sun lounger even on sea days. Never bothered by waiters plying drinks (couldn't get one when needed!). Main pool had opening roof which proved useful and popular on windy days. Free use of towels (no signing in/out)

Bars - never overcrowded. Staff pleasant and talkative. Happy hours appreciated (2nd drink only $1). Pub quiz question - do Bud Light display a 'Sell by' or 'Birth' date? If it's 'Sell by' ours was out of date by 4 months...

Shows/events - plenty of variety, though not many appealed to us

Cruise Critic meet and mingle - other cruise lines have offered better than tea/coffee and cakes

Brits meeting - 1st time we've been invited to such a do. An extra happy hour but with nibbles. Nice touch, but more intervention to improve mingling would have helped.

Practice drill - must do, but seemed as if roll call was unorganised (or was that just our perception?)

Tender days - had to wait for organised trips to clear. Could be an issue if you have your own shore trip at set time.

Excursions - safe bet and well attended, but everyone commented that they were overpriced generally. Free water would be appreciated.

Tips - fixed rates for cabins (though can be stopped I believe by speaking to front desk). 15%(!) addition to all drinks, spa treatments etc....

Visas - well organised (forms mainly completed for us), and rates competitive

Medical centre - Great staff. Very attentive. Unfortunately we were offloaded due to illness, but the arrangements were well made, and we were very well looked after.

Overall - good standard but with some room for improvement.

 

Fantastic itinerary

Volendam Cruise Review by willsca

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2013
  • Destination: Asia

Stateroom - spacious, clean, with half sized bath, Elemis shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, plenty of wardrobe space. Attendants pleasant and helpful.


Meals - good range of food, staff cheery and helpful but not always fully attentive (topping up drinks, clearing away). On formal nights there was mixed dress standards, but the restaurant provided a jacket (even if not a tailored fit!) to gents who were without one.


Deck areas - always plenty of places to nab a seat/sun lounger even on sea days. Never bothered by waiters plying drinks (couldn't get one when needed!). Main pool had opening roof which proved useful and popular on windy days. Free use of towels (no signing in/out)


Bars - never overcrowded. Staff pleasant and talkative. Happy hours appreciated (2nd drink only $1). Pub quiz question - do Bud Light display a 'Sell by' or 'Birth' date? If it's 'Sell by' ours was out of date by 4 months...


Shows/events - plenty of variety, though not many appealed to us


Cruise Critic meet and mingle - other cruise lines have offered better than tea/coffee and cakes


Brits meeting - 1st time we've been invited to such a do. An extra happy hour but with nibbles. Nice touch, but more intervention to improve mingling would have helped.


Practice drill - must do, but seemed as if roll call was unorganised (or was that just our perception?)


Tender days - had to wait for organised trips to clear. Could be an issue if you have your own shore trip at set time.


Excursions - safe bet and well attended, but everyone commented that they were overpriced generally. Free water would be appreciated.


Tips - fixed rates for cabins (though can be stopped I believe by speaking to front desk). 15%(!) addition to all drinks, spa treatments etc....


Visas - well organised (forms mainly completed for us), and rates competitive


Medical centre - Great staff. Very attentive. Unfortunately we were offloaded due to illness, but the arrangements were well made, and we were very well looked after.


Overall - good standard but with some room for improvement.


 

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Spacious, clean, with half sized bath, Elemis shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, plenty of wardrobe space. Attendants pleasant and helpful.

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