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Selected primarily because of the itinerary. Our cabin was quite satisfactory. The ship's own floor show entertainment group was excellent, but most of their shows were repeated during the 28 days cruise. All the other lounge entertainment was one-person acts and were generally mediocre or not appealing to a wide audience. The piano player, "Barry from Boston", was terrible but tolerated by a surprising number of folks. Ship excursions were terribly expensive. We did two, plus many good independent tours arranged via Cruise Critic contacts with fellow passengers. Our worst excursion was HAL's "Best of Jakarta", a true waste of money. Our independent tour to Borrobodur (sp?) included a high speed police escort for our two vans and was far superior to the ship's escorted tour. On Komodo Island we had our a guide and park ranger for just the two of us while the ship's tours were large groups. Bali was far more densely populated than we had realized and less enjoyable than expected. Singapore and Hong Kong were standout, wonderful places to visit. Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam were all great places to visit. The scenery from a lengthy boat ride at Halong Bay was spectacular.

Very Enjoyable Despite Declining HAL Value

Volendam Cruise Review by Canuck94

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Selected primarily because of the itinerary. Our cabin was quite satisfactory.

The ship's own floor show entertainment group was excellent, but most of their shows were repeated during the 28 days cruise. All the other lounge entertainment was one-person acts and were generally mediocre or not appealing to a wide audience. The piano player, "Barry from Boston", was terrible but tolerated by a surprising number of folks.

Ship excursions were terribly expensive. We did two, plus many good independent tours arranged via Cruise Critic contacts with fellow passengers. Our worst excursion was HAL's "Best of Jakarta", a true waste of money. Our independent tour to Borrobodur (sp?) included a high speed police escort for our two vans and was far superior to the ship's escorted tour. On Komodo Island we had our a guide and park ranger for just the two of us while the ship's tours were large groups.

Bali was far more densely populated than we had realized and less enjoyable than expected. Singapore and Hong Kong were standout, wonderful places to visit.

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam were all great places to visit. The scenery from a lengthy boat ride at Halong Bay was spectacular.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin C
The cabin was much like others we have had on HAL, except that we had more storage space than usual.
Main Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins