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This is difficult to rate because somethings were great, other were ordinary. We made the best of it and hard a great cruise but HAL could do some simple things to make it so much better. We are both early 50ś but felt like we were the young ones on the cruise. The good; - The staff are excellent and very friendly - The food exceeded my expectations - The itinerary (ports) was excellent - The ship is small, which is a positive when cruising Asia. - There are very few children The areas for improvement; - All port visits are geared to those booking through Holland America. They don make it easy if you want to organise your on tours at the port. They don provide the terminal #/ address of the port (at large ports this is essential) and don provide maps on the town. - The entertainment is geared for an older clientele and was below expectation, and the number of bars is limited. - The on-board activities (those not included in fare) are very expenses. - Gratuities are on top of all drinks and also you are charged $12 per person per night for general gratuities. - The ship looks dated

Good but reconsider if under 65 and an independent traveller

Volendam Cruise Review by HappyHombre

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
This is difficult to rate because somethings were great, other were ordinary.

We made the best of it and hard a great cruise but HAL could do some simple things to make it so much better.

We are both early 50ś but felt like we were the young ones on the cruise.


The good;

- The staff are excellent and very friendly

- The food exceeded my expectations

- The itinerary (ports) was excellent

- The ship is small, which is a positive when cruising Asia.

- There are very few children

The areas for improvement;

- All port visits are geared to those booking through Holland America. They don make it easy if you want to organise your on tours at the port. They don provide the terminal #/ address of the port (at large ports this is essential) and don provide maps on the town.

- The entertainment is geared for an older clientele and was below expectation, and the number of bars is limited.

- The on-board activities (those not included in fare) are very expenses.

- Gratuities are on top of all drinks and also you are charged $12 per person per night for general gratuities.

- The ship looks dated
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin FF
We were on level 2, it was a good choice. You feel less rocking on the boat on the lower decks. The room was spacious, queen bed, lounge, small table, good size bathroom.
The ocean view was good. It is nice to wake up to natural light.
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