Volendam Cruise Review by konanoff
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Everything was on time; the Captain appeared at several occasions in the showroom and was nice to listen to about some of his experiences.
the small dance (6 people) and singer team (4 people) were excellent, much better than expected. The guest entertainers were a mixed bunch but overall good, many better than expected for a smaller ship like this.
We seldom if ever sign up for the Ship shore excursions as we find them a poor value (grossly overpriced and many include a full cattle call bus including the occasional guest who is always late getting back, etc.). Most of our shore excursions are booked based on interactions with other passengers on the ship's roll call.
This particular cruise started from Hong Kong and included Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and a bunch of ports in Indonesia including Bali, Lombok and Komodo - so a lot of ground to cover/new experiences in the 28 days on board.
One thing we don't like about Holland America is their poor rewards program. We are elite on Princess and receive a nice internet package for free - Internet on Holland America was $250 for a 1,000 minute package and much higher for shorter packages. I require internet for my home business. Speed of the internet on the ship was better than expected, not great but historically pretty good for a ship.
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