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We chose this cruise mainly to get a taste of Vietnam and we were not disappointed. We checked our ports and shore excursions on Trip Advisor and selected shore excursion with both HAL and private providers according to what we wanted to see. We were originally allocated ocean view cabin 3318 but pre cruise that changed to 3366 which was more mid ships and adjacent to stairs and lifts. The cabin was compact but well laid out. Plenty of storage. The bed was comfortable but the cabin was warm . The air conditioning did not provide adequate air flow no matter what setting was selected on the control. There was occasional noise at night from above as well (galley?) There is no minibar but a refrigerator can be hired for $2.00 per day. The trouble is there is no where convenient to locate it. We Also experienced hot spots rhrough the ship including the main dining room, level 4 starboard side. WIFI on board was too expensive. We only connected during shore excursions. Our other concern was the lack of entertainment around the bars and pool areas through the day and pre dinner time. The ship was quiet and more suited to over 65's. Other on board activities were plentiful. I availed myself of all Microsoft Windows 10 classes and found them most helpful. The food and service in all areas that we visited was 5 star. The food and beverage stewards and customer service staff were well trained, friendly and extremely accomodating. The onboard band and singers put on great shows. Other entertainers were average at best except for the comedian who put on an excellent show. Our overall impression was that HAL had their hand in our wallets all the time. We would probably choose Celebrity for our next cruise as we have found they provide one or two inclusions that make a difference such us a standard drinks package or wifi packages. We also did not appreciated the mandatory daily gratuity fee of $12.50US per passenger. We would much rather have the option of tipping, or paying it as part of the initial ticketing cost. Seeing it appear daily on our on board account was annoying.

Boettcher. Volendam HongKong to Singapore. Dec 6 2016

Volendam Cruise Review by Russ4Joy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
We chose this cruise mainly to get a taste of Vietnam and we were not disappointed.

We checked our ports and shore excursions on Trip Advisor and selected shore excursion with both HAL and private providers according to what we wanted to see.

We were originally allocated ocean view cabin 3318 but pre cruise that changed to 3366 which was more mid ships and adjacent to stairs and lifts. The cabin was compact but well laid out. Plenty of storage. The bed was comfortable but the cabin was warm . The air conditioning did not provide adequate air flow no matter what setting was selected on the control. There was occasional noise at night from above as well (galley?)

There is no minibar but a refrigerator can be hired for $2.00 per day. The trouble is there is no where convenient to locate it.

We Also experienced hot spots rhrough the ship including the main dining room, level 4 starboard side.

WIFI on board was too expensive. We only connected during shore excursions.

Our other concern was the lack of entertainment around the bars and pool areas through the day and pre dinner time. The ship was quiet and more suited to over 65's. Other on board activities were plentiful. I availed myself of all Microsoft Windows 10 classes and found them most helpful.

The food and service in all areas that we visited was 5 star.

The food and beverage stewards and customer service staff were well trained, friendly and extremely accomodating.

The onboard band and singers put on great shows. Other entertainers were average at best except for the comedian who put on an excellent show.

Our overall impression was that HAL had their hand in our wallets all the time.

We would probably choose Celebrity for our next cruise as we have found they provide one or two inclusions that make a difference such us a standard drinks package or wifi packages.

We also did not appreciated the mandatory daily gratuity fee of $12.50US per passenger. We would much rather have the option of tipping, or paying it as part of the initial ticketing cost. Seeing it appear daily on our on board account was annoying.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin C 3366
This cabin was compact but well laid out. There is plenty of storage. The bathroom is cosy but workable.
There is no minibar refrigerator.
The location ajacent to stairs and lifts was convenient. We did not experience external noise because of the location, however there was some overhead noise in the wee hours which was annoying at times.
We found the air conditioning to be totally inadequate.
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