Volendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4-6 cruises

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2 out of 5

A DISAPPOINTMENT

Sail Date: April 12, 2007

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

THE SHIP WAS VERY NICE, AND WELL MAINTAINED. HOWEVER, THROUGHOUT THE 10 DAY CRUISE A SEWAGE ODOR WAS NOTICED FROM TIME TO TIME, ESPECIALLY ON THE LOWER PROMENADE DECK. OUR OCEANVIEW CABIN WAS COMFORTABLE. THE INDONESIAN STAFF WERE VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. DECOR WAS VERY NICE. PUBLIC AREAS WERE CLEAN. SHIP SIZE, 1466 PASSENGERS, WAS JUST RIGHT FOR US, NOT TO BIG.

Pros: FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, FRIENDLY STAFF

Cons: PORTS OF CALL

Recommends Volendam? No.

Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
CLEAN, COMFORTABLE BED, AND NICE DECOR.
Service and Staff
INDONESIAN STAFF WAS WONDERFUL.
Food and Dining
FOOD AND SERVICE WAS EXCELLANT. IF YOU WANT EARLY DINING, 5:15 PM, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT CONFIRMED PRIOR TO BOOKING. IF YOU DON'T YOU WILL BE EATING AT 8:15 PM. THERE WAS A LONG WAITING LIST FOR EARLY DINING, 300 PASSENGERS.
Entertainment
SHOWROOM ENTERTAINMENT WAS EXCELLANT. OTHER SHIPBOARD ACTIVITIES LACKED SUBSTANCE.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
BEAUTIFUL WHITE SANDY BEACH. IN APRIL WATER WAS CHILLY FOR SWIMMING. LUNCH BUFFET ON ISLAND WAS UNSATISFACTORY.
Curacao
SHOPPING WAS GOOD. RESIDENTS WERE NOT FRIENDLY. GOT THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY DID NOT LIKE AMERICANS.
Oranjestad, Aruba
ARRIVED ON A SUNDAY. SHOPS CLOSE AT 4:00 PM. DIDN'T GET OFF OF SHIP UNTIL 1:15 PM. TOOK THE SHORE EXCURSION "TICKET TO PARADISE", WASTE OF TIME, AND MONEY. INCLUDED BARBECUE BUFFET WAS NOT OPEN. BEACH AREA WAS VERY SMALL, WITH A SMALL ROPED OFF SWIM AREA. FACILITIES SEEMED UNCLEAN.
Don't Miss: BEING WE TOOK A SHORE EXCURSION, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SHOP. THERE WASN'T ENOUGH TIME, ON SUNDAY, TO DO BOTH.
Oranjestad, Aruba
ARRIVED ON A SUNDAY. SHOPS CLOSE AT 4:00 PM. DIDN'T GET OFF OF SHIP UNTIL 1:15 PM. TOOK THE SHORE EXCURSION "TICKET TO PARADISE", WASTE OF TIME, AND MONEY. INCLUDED BARBECUE BUFFET WAS NOT OPEN. BEACH AREA WAS VERY SMALL, WITH A SMALL ROPED OFF SWIM AREA. FACILITIES SEEMED UNCLEAN.
Don't Miss: BEING WE TOOK A SHORE EXCURSION, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SHOP. THERE WASN'T ENOUGH TIME, ON SUNDAY, TO DO BOTH.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
SHOPPING WAS NON-EXISTANT. SHOPS WERE VERY RUN DOWN AND SEEDY. A GOOD PORT SHOULD HAVE A BALANCE BETWEEN QUALITY SHOPPING, AND QUALITY SHORE EXCURSIONS. THIS PORT DID NOT HAVE THAT BALANCE. WASTE OF TIME!
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
BEAUTIFUL WHITE SANDY BEACH. IN APRIL WATER WAS CHILLY FOR SWIMMING. LUNCH BUFFET ON ISLAND WAS UNSATISFACTORY.
Curacao
SHOPPING WAS GOOD. RESIDENTS WERE NOT FRIENDLY. GOT THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY DID NOT LIKE AMERICANS.
Colon, Panama
WITH HOLLAND AMERICA, IF YOU DON'T PURCHASE AN EXPENSIVE SHORE EXCURSION, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE SHIP. ONLY THOSE PASSENGERS WITH SHORE EXCURSIONS ARE PERMITTED TO GO ASHORE. WASTE OF TIME!
Colon, Panama
WITH HOLLAND AMERICA, IF YOU DON'T PURCHASE AN EXPENSIVE SHORE EXCURSION, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE SHIP. ONLY THOSE PASSENGERS WITH SHORE EXCURSIONS ARE PERMITTED TO GO ASHORE. WASTE OF TIME!
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
SHOPPING WAS NON-EXISTANT. SHOPS WERE VERY RUN DOWN AND SEEDY. A GOOD PORT SHOULD HAVE A BALANCE BETWEEN QUALITY SHOPPING, AND QUALITY SHORE EXCURSIONS. THIS PORT DID NOT HAVE THAT BALANCE. WASTE OF TIME!


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