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We have just returned from a 34 night Circumnavigation Cruise of Australia. We had a wonderful time after being a little unsure how we would survive a 34 night cruise. Embarkation in Sydney went without a hitch and we were aboard within 25 minutes. This was at White Bay which is out of town and lack and form of public transport. The public areas were well maintained and there was always a quite space available if you wished to sit and read or watch the world go by. A few scratches and dents but as she is on her way to dry dock I am sure these will be fixed. We are breakfast and lunch in the Lido and dinner in the Rotterdam. At peak times the Lido was a little crowded but that passed quickly. Service was good. We chose any time dining for dinner. Only once were we given a buzzer and asked to wait and that was for less than 5 minutes. The food was great and the service even better. The entertainment varied. We enjoyed the groups in the Ocean Bar and the Explorers Lounge. They were both very easy to listen to. The guys Eli on guitar and Andy on piano were both great. The Hal Cats were very busy and always good to listen to. The entertainment in the Frans Hals Lounge varied greatly. We enjoyed most of the guest entertainers but saw very little of the dancers and singers who we thought at best were average. Bruce the cruise director is a treasure. I cannot make an informed comment on the shore excursions as we only when on two. Being Komodo and Bali. Having visited most of the ports previously we went ashore and made our own arrangements. The two we did we enjoyed. Disembarkation was quick and well organized although once outside there was a shortage of Taxis. This was our 3rd cruise on the Volendam and it has maintained its usual high standard.

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Volendam Cruise Review by JMAUST

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We have just returned from a 34 night Circumnavigation Cruise of Australia. We had a wonderful time after being a little unsure how we would survive a 34 night cruise.
Embarkation in Sydney went without a hitch and we were aboard within 25 minutes. This was at White Bay which is out of town and lack and form of public transport.
The public areas were well maintained and there was always a quite space available if you wished to sit and read or watch the world go by. A few scratches and dents but as she is on her way to dry dock I am sure these will be fixed.
We are breakfast and lunch in the Lido and dinner in the Rotterdam. At peak times the Lido was a little crowded but that passed quickly. Service was good. We chose any time dining for dinner. Only once were we given a buzzer and asked to wait and that was for less than 5 minutes. The food was great and the service even better.
The entertainment varied. We enjoyed the groups in the Ocean Bar and the Explorers Lounge. They were both very easy to listen to. The guys Eli on guitar and Andy on piano were both great. The Hal Cats were very busy and always good to listen to. The entertainment in the Frans Hals Lounge varied greatly. We enjoyed most of the guest entertainers but saw very little of the dancers and singers who we thought at best were average. Bruce the cruise director is a treasure.
I cannot make an informed comment on the shore excursions as we only when on two. Being Komodo and Bali. Having visited most of the ports previously we went ashore and made our own arrangements. The two we did we enjoyed.
Disembarkation was quick and well organized although once outside there was a shortage of Taxis.
This was our 3rd cruise on the Volendam and it has maintained its usual high standard.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin F 2646
The cabins are well maintained and spotlessly clean. We seldom saw the cabin stewards although they had the room made up in a flash.
Dolphin Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins