Volendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
3

4 out of 5

Great Cruise

Sail Date: February 21, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Oceanview

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

Pros: The food was very good.

Cons: Tender problems at Half Moon Cay.

Recommends Volendam? Yes!

Entertainment
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.
Ship Quality
It is about 10 years old. They have kept it up well but it is lacking the features of newer ships.
Food and Dining
Better quality than the Osterdam.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very nice but not exceptional.
Service and Staff
The Indonesian and Phillipino staff were excellent. Dutch staff was quite efficient.
Children's Programs
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.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
This city is not safe, proceed at your own risk if not with a group. Canal boat trip interesting.
Curacao
Dutch influence remains here. Safe to walk around.
Don't Miss: Taxi tour of the city
Oranjestad, Aruba
Stay on board.
Colon, Panama
Not a safe place for Americans to wonder about in alone.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Tender problems....couldn't leave the ship.


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