Volendam Overview

 
Volendam
Volendam from Holland America Line.
   

Festooned with flowers and fine art, Holland America Line's Volendam has an old-world style elegance uniquely suited to its core audience of mature cruisers. Not only that, but the ship has one of the industry's most exciting lineups of in-depth cruises. Volendam could be the ideal choice if you're looking for grand journeys that will take you to the furthest reaches of the world from Alaska to Antarctica and the rain forests of the Amazon.

Volendam launched in 1999 and was refurbished most recently in 2019. The 1,432-passenger R-class ship offers a cruise experience that's classic, not dated. Over the years, Holland America Line has cultivated impressive brand partnerships so that you can enjoy the comforts of home at sea. Wake up to a special edition of the New York Times. Pick up cooking tips from the pros at America's Test Kitchen. Passangers can also enjoy edutainment developed by the BBC. Holland America also has its own chef-helmed Culinary Council that develops menus and regionally themed dishes for its complimentary dining rooms and specialty restaurants.

As you travel around the world, learn more about each destination at events hosted by Explorations Central. Spend the evening watching a musical revue featuring talented dancers and soloists. Soak up the nightlife in Mix, a multi-venue neighborhood featuring a lounge, piano bar, and casino. Volendam cruise ship has two pools, several whirlpools, a sports deck, and an activity center for children 3 and up as well as teens. Whether you visit the wine tasting bar, the Crow's Nest observation deck, or the Explorer's Lounge, Volendam makes it easy to relax and enjoy the trip.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Volendam has an exceptional number of in-depth itineraries. Sailings range from 7-day Alaskan cruises to 40-day journeys that tour all of South America from Ecuador to Brazil and Venezuela to Patagonia. Alaskan cruises travel between Vancouver and Skagway. Caribbean and South American cruises depart from Fort Lauderdale, and additional routes explore Central America and the Panama Canal.

Before You Book

This ship is best for: Volendam is the perfect ship for mature travelers, including couples, singles, and friends, who are seeking a traditional cruise experience with personal service.

You should know: If you want ziplines, waterslides, Tony-winning musicals, and family-oriented megaship amenities, Volendam isn't for you.

Activities on Volendam

With wine tastings, casino games, and cooking demonstrations, Voldendam has an excellent selection of activities and entertainment that caters to the line's core audience. Between ports of call play tennis or pickleball on the sports court. Travelers can work off extra calories in the fitness center, or join a lively bridge game in the Hudson Room. Holland America Line offers a variety of cultural and scientific edutainment programs, including Explorations Central and interactive BBC Earth Experiences. For uninterrupted relaxation, lounge by the Sea View pool or head to the adults-only Retreat and sundeck. Make sure to visit Exploration's Cafe which is home to the ship's comfortable and well-stocked library.

Ship Highlights
  • Adult-oriented Sea View pool
  • Lido pool with retractable roof
  • Adults-only Retreat sundeck
  • Six restaurants and buffets
  • Seven bars and lounges
  • Six theaters and entertainment venues
  • America's Test Kitchen culinary workshops
  • Wajang Theater and conference room
  • Explorations Central cultural seminars
  • BBC Earth Experiences edutainment
  • Pop revues and chamber music
  • Wraparound promenade
  • Wine tasting bar
  • Casino games
  • The Shops duty-free boutique
  • Sports courts for tennis and volleyball
  • Club HAL youth activities
  • The Oasis teen area
  • Staffed fitness center
  • Greenhouse Spa and Salon

Cabins

Cabins on Volendam are available in 27 unique categories ranging from budget-friendly interior staterooms to spacious lanai accommodations with floor-to-ceiling views. The ship has 716 rooms, including 383 oceanview cabins, 136 inside staterooms, 108 connecting rooms, and nearly 200 suites. Rooms have an efficient layout with plenty of storage. There's an excellent selection of complimentary amenities such as room service, fresh fruit, daily New York Times editions, spa-quality toiletries, and premium linens. For a luxury experience, book a Vista-class junior suite, a spacious Neptune suite, or the ship's one and only Pinnacle-class penthouse. If you prefer extra space, you can always reserve a plus-size oceanview or interior cabin while enjoying Holland America's competitive fares.

Dining

Voldendam's restaurants receive praise for consistent quality, excellent service, and pleasant selection. Start the day with complimentary room service or a trip to the main dining room for omelets and waffles. For lunch, pick your favorites from the Lido Market buffet, order burgers or tacos from the Terrace Grill. Passangers can treat themselves to a hearty and reasonably priced lunch from the Pinnacle Grill steakhouse. At dinner, you can't go wrong with the specialty restaurant Canaletto. Here you can enjoy shareable antipasti, premium seafood, and indulgent pasta plates as well as a selection of luscious desserts and cocktails. With menus developed by the line's six-member Culinary Council, the Rotterdam main dining room is an excellent choice for international fare, American classics, and regional dishes inspired by your destination.

Volendam Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: M
  • Total Passengers: 1,432
  • Total Crew: 615
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.33
  • Built: Sep 1998
  • Refurbished: Jan 2011
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 716
  • Cabin Categories: 27
  • Gross Tonnage: 61,214
  • Length: 781
  • Beam: 106

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.7
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.6
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.6
  • Entertainment 3.6
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.2

Cabins

716 cabins and 27 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.0
(8 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 182 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $108/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.4
(22 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 270 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $120/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.6
(11 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 519 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $275/night

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Dining

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Pinnacle Grill Pinnacle Grill
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Terrace Grill Terrace Grill
Rotterdam Dining Room Rotterdam Dining Room

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Onboard Activities

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Massage/Steam Rooms Massage/Steam Rooms
5.0
(1 Review)
Ocean Bar Ocean Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
Wajang Theater Wajang Theater
5.0
(1 Review)
Crow''s Next Crow''s Next
4.5
(2 Reviews)

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218 Volendam Reviews

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Exciting Panama Cruise by mkmooredvm

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

As mentioned earlier this ship was on a relocation cruise headed for dry dock in the Bahamas. Service may have been curtailed because of this. They did the best they could but the trip was still enjoyable. There was a good variety of shore excursions available. The temperature of the ship was colder than was necessary.

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Trip Of A Lifetime! by hmc4530

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I would take the same cruise on the same ship again! HAL did not disappoint! Don't go on a larger ship because you won't be able to get into Glacier Bay! Can't wait to go on our next HAL cruise! Bermuda again? Canada/New England?

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Best Trip Ever by ppotte

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It was such a wonderful cruise, our first, but I hope not our last. It was more casual than I expected and I was disappointed that the gala nights weren’t more gala and that the dining room wasn’t fancier and didn’t have live music and dancing, at least on gala nights. My Aunt used to cruise a lot with Holland and it was different then.

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72 Volendam Tips

ltapper
Jul 22, 2014

Best food in the Pinnacle Grill, although early nights in the main dining room were good. Breakfast for sure in the buffet, no where else. Lunch in Pinnacle was fantastic!

GerryT
Aug 14, 2014

If you are an adult and want to swim comfortably get to the pool when it first opens to avoid the crowd.

htmws
Sep 30, 2014

The LIDO deck was very busy for breakfast - better to use the dining room !

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