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Volendam Review

Not what we expected, and did not meet expectations.

Review for Asia Cruise on Volendam
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2015
Cabin: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

This was our first and probably last trip with Holland America. We had previously done a 19 night trip with Cunard which we thoroughly enjoyed. The cruise ticked all the boxes when we booked. It was travelling from Hong Kong to Japan and was stopping at Shanghai, Beijing, Nagasaki and Osaka. The cruise was really a way of getting from Hong Kong to Osaka and the visited ports.

I am just glad it was only a 14 cruise and not a 6 week cruise like Independents. My wife was ready to get off after 12 of the 14 days! We did a short independent holiday in Hong Kong first. We stayed at the Peninsula and everything was more perfect than even we expected. We then moved to the Marco Polo Hong Kong where we stayed in a continental club room. It was also good place to stay and it had the advantage of being close to the cruise terminal. A hotel porter took our luggage to the terminal and we appreciated the service.

My concerns about the cruise arose on boarding when the gentleman ahead tried to collect my wife's purse and he had to be pulled away by his wife. He clearly was not with it. It soon became apparent that we were one of the few people of working age on the cruise and that the number of older cruisers on board was at an exceptionally high level. It was also apparent that it was more of a floating old peoples home than anything else. One of our friends had travelled on Holland America on a Mediterranean cruise and he had not encountered this problem.

Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Cabin C

Port Reviews

Hong Kong

We are frequent travellers to Hong Kong and visit our tailor and custom made shoe retailer when there. We stayed at the Peninsula and the Marco Polo Hong Kong and both stays were excellent.

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