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We arrived the day prior to embarkation. We flew with Singapore Airlines and they offer a deal on hotel and shuttle to the hotel. The hotel we stayed in was good but only offered a buffet breakfast at $28 Singapore dollars/person. We got some food from a mini mart and had our breakfast for under $10 for the two of us. We took a taxi to the Singapore Cruise terminal (there are two in the city) arriving about 11 AM. Since we are 4 star, we had expedited embarkation. After answering the health questions and going thru customs, we were directed to sit and wait. In less than three minutes we were called and went right onto the ship and into our cabin. From there, we went to the Mariner's lunch and got excellent service. Debarkation was just as well organized. We took a taxi to the airport where we were able to check our bags. Cost of the taxi was under $20 Singapore dollars. The ship was in very good condition. Some things have changed since our last HAL cruise. Small things were no longer offered such as an ink pen in the room, the Librarian position was cut, menus were new, the daily bulletin was different and so forth. It seems like the bean counters are looking to cut here and there. We did most of our excursions based on recommendations of Cruise Critic bulletin board members. We enjoyed them. We did the short Komoto Dragons tour. We saw at least nine dragons and talked to others who did the longer tour. They said the longer tour just amounted to more walking in the jungle without more dragons spotted or other wildlife.While the short tour was not cheap, it is a once in a lifetime change to see there animals in their habitat. Some of the first few cities were very crowded with heavy holiday time traffic. Most ports had a good port terminal. But the last port was about as run down as I've seen. No terminal building and no wi-fi. HAL allows the crew to bring their families on board for the day. They provide meals in the Ledo and toured the ship with their loved ones. It was great to visit with our cabin steward’s family and it is very good for the crew and their families. Well done, HAL!!

A good ship with a great crew

Volendam Cruise Review by ike0144

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
We arrived the day prior to embarkation. We flew with Singapore Airlines and they offer a deal on hotel and shuttle to the hotel. The hotel we stayed in was good but only offered a buffet breakfast at $28 Singapore dollars/person. We got some food from a mini mart and had our breakfast for under $10 for the two of us.

We took a taxi to the Singapore Cruise terminal (there are two in the city) arriving about 11 AM. Since we are 4 star, we had expedited embarkation. After answering the health questions and going thru customs, we were directed to sit and wait. In less than three minutes we were called and went right onto the ship and into our cabin. From there, we went to the Mariner's lunch and got excellent service. Debarkation was just as well organized. We took a taxi to the airport where we were able to check our bags. Cost of the taxi was under $20 Singapore dollars.

The ship was in very good condition. Some things have changed since our last HAL cruise. Small things were no longer offered such as an ink pen in the room, the Librarian position was cut, menus were new, the daily bulletin was different and so forth. It seems like the bean counters are looking to cut here and there.

We did most of our excursions based on recommendations of Cruise Critic bulletin board members. We enjoyed them. We did the short Komoto Dragons tour. We saw at least nine dragons and talked to others who did the longer tour. They said the longer tour just amounted to more walking in the jungle without more dragons spotted or other wildlife.While the short tour was not cheap, it is a once in a lifetime change to see there animals in their habitat.

Some of the first few cities were very crowded with heavy holiday time traffic. Most ports had a good port terminal. But the last port was about as run down as I've seen. No terminal building and no wi-fi.

HAL allows the crew to bring their families on board for the day. They provide meals in the Ledo and toured the ship with their loved ones. It was great to visit with our cabin steward’s family and it is very good for the crew and their families. Well done, HAL!!
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