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Volendam Cruise Review to Caribbean
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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10 Night Caribbean Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: February 21, 2008

Ship: Volendam

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Traveled As: Large Group

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Review Summary

HAL handled many passengers very efficently, all crew members were friendly.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Better quality than the Osterdam.


3 out of 5
The entertainment was very good but not to the standard of the Osterdam. One band was excellent, the other needed a new venue. Exercise machines were dated and need to be replaced. The exercise room needs to be enlarged taking up some of the lavish spa space. The internet capabilities are "dial up speed". Don't plan to do alot of surfing. Access is expensive costing about $5 per email.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Very, very few children on this cruise....perhaps due to 10 day length and time of the year. Passengers tended to be older than other cruises.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The Indonesian and Phillipino staff were excellent. Dutch staff was quite efficient.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It is about 10 years old. They have kept it up well but it is lacking the features of newer ships.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very nice but not exceptional.

Ports Of Call

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Dutch influence remains here. Safe to walk around.
Don't Miss: Taxi tour of the city

Oranjestad, Aruba

1 out of 5
Stay on board.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

1 out of 5
Tender problems....couldn't leave the ship.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

1 out of 5
This city is not safe, proceed at your own risk if not with a group. Canal boat trip interesting.

Colon, Panama

1 out of 5
Not a safe place for Americans to wonder about in alone.

Pros: The food was very good.

Cons: Tender problems at Half Moon Cay.

Recommends Volendam? Yes!

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