Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

Holland America vs. other cruiselines

Sail Date: July 19, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We have sailed six different cruise lines and the menu on the Vollendam (7-day Alaska from Vancouver) surpassed any for variety, number of selections, quality and presentation. provided us with a complimentary dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, which we saved for our last night. The filet mignon was the finest shipboard beef since the now defunct Ocean Pearl twenty years ago. Could there be any better way to conclude a cruise?

The European bed linens and mattress topper helped make the ample-sized and nicely appointed stateroom (inside, M-class) a most-comfortable home at sea. The Explorations Lounge featured a library of thoughtfully selected books and recorded music.

The information sheets distributed the night before each port gave accurate, helpful information for those passengers not taking the ship's excursions. The staff wanted us to enjoy the port whether we bought their excursions or not. Unfortunately, this can not be said for all cruiselines.

Pros: The food was superb

Cons: The small stage cramped the entertainers

The stage was too small to accomodate the production shows. The entertainment failed to equal Celebrity and Princess.
Ship Quality
Never felt crowded although the ship was full.
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is such an easy city to get around in. We took an independent City/Saxman Village Tour which was reasonably interesting.
Skagway, Alaska
The White Pass Yukon train trip to Bennett Lake, which we booked independently because the ship did not offer it, was very interesting.

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