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Australia & New Zealand Volendam Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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Very expensive shore excursions

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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possum6446

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

This was our third cruise with HAL, the others being Alaska and Mediterranean, which they offered to us at an attractive rate for being returning cruisers. ( Mariner's Society members ). We cruised a sector of the Australian Circumnavigation cruise and found it a very pleasant way to get to Melbourne. The ship was sick with GI problems ( probably norovirus but this was not mentioned by name. ) and ...
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Sail Date: November 2013


Good ... but

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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mumanddaughter11

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Disability Matters: We booked the cruise well in advance. Mum requires a walking frame to get around and a wheel chair for steep inclines and long distances. Because mum couldn't climb into a bath to shower, we opted for a disabled room. That was a good move on our part. Embarkation: We caught a cab from our hotel to the dock. The staff were wonderful and directed us to where we needed to go. We ...
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Sail Date: December 2011

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


Volendam Feb. 2011, Australia/New Zealand

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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Texas Guests

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We used Cruise Critic reviews before our sail date to chose excursions and make the most of our trip. The information from the reviews was most helpful. We started our trip in Syndey with a few extra days booked through HAL. We had a false sense of extra time due to the slow transfer time from the airport to the hotel on the first day. And then the actual embarkation day was taken up ...
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Sail Date: February 2011

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Very enjoyable cruise!

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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Ladybentley

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

This was a 14 day cruise from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. As we live in Auckland this cruise was ideal for a relaxing holiday with no long air flights. We flew to Sydney three days beforehand for a little sightseeing and shopping first. The embarkation process was both good and bad. Firstly no one seemed to know exactly where Wharf 5 in Darling Harbour was. I had looked it up and ...
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Sail Date: February 2011

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


A great holiday, but not premium cruising

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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mickp99

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

This was our fifth cruise after two South Pacific cruises on the Superstar Leo, a Mediterranean cruise on the Diamond Princess and an Alaskan Cruise on the Sun Princess (and my first review on cruise critic). The Ship The Volendam is quite a bit smaller and older than the newer Princess mega-ships. In general the finishings were not as nice as we had previously experienced - more ...
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Sail Date: January 2011

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Traveled with children


Great way to spend Christmas and New Year

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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TezzaPel

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

I am sure that if you look hard enough in any service industry, you will find matters to criticise. The measure of how good a company is how they respond to those criticisms. I have to say that our trip around NZ on the Volendam was a very pleasant experience and we enjoyed the cruise very much. We were travelling with 2 other couples and did our own thing generally during the day and then met at ...
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Sail Date: December 2010

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Celebrity Cruise Lines needs to pay attention to what HAL is

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Rutman

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Once an exclusive HAL frequent cruiser, I switched to Celebrity Cruises about seven years ago and have cruised with them for my past nine cruises. Since Celebrity pulled out of the South Pacific and Asia, HAL had the itinerary we wanted so we thought we would give them a try. We were not disappointed. Dining After the itinerary, food is the number one amenity I look for on a cruise. ...
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Sail Date: November 2010

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom

Traveled with children


Australia Circumnavigation with Holland America

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comcox

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Holland America's ms Volendam Circumnavigation of Australia 14 March-17 April 2010, roundtrip out of Sydney, 34 days with 18 ports of call. We sailed with about 1250 passengers, primarily from the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Australia. Pre-cruise Travel I elected to fly United Airlines to Sydney because I have elite status with them and can enjoy Premium Economy seating and free baggage. I ...
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Sail Date: March 2010

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Volendam: a 4 star experience

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Magout

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

The Volendam was chartered on this cruise by Atlantis Events, a US based gay and lesbian travel operator, and timed to arrive in Sydney on the day of the Mardi Gras parade. Accordingly, I haven't included any comments about entertainment as this was specific to this cruise. Summary: an acceptable 4 star experience (even though my comments below look more critical than that) but overpriced for ...
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Sail Date: February 2010

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Auckland - Australia Christmas cruise 2009.

Review for Volendam to Australia & New Zealand

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Allawah

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

I will not go into too much detail, just list the likes and dislikes and overall opinion of the ship. Embarkation & disembarkation is one thing that HAL do very well. Always quick and well organised. Only negative, they need more signs in Auckland so you know exactly where to go. The Volendam has everything you need but is starting to look a bit tired in places. A huge amount of restaurants to ...
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Sail Date: December 2009

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


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