Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

2 out of 5

Cruise dissapointed. Ports were good

Sail Date: July 05, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Ship sevice and food were awful. Itinerary was great

Pros: Itinerary

Cons: Cruise food/service

Food and Dining
Most food looked like it was canned. Main hall, Pinnacle grill, and Lido ran out of food multiple times. Filet Mignon looked/tasted like a hamburger patty. Room service was typically wrong, with burnt toast, missing items, decaf instead of real coffee, etc..
Cabin / Stateroom
Air was very dry. Could smell smoke from neighboring unit.
Check the toilet daily before laying down a "stink bomb" because flushing is never
guaranteed.
Ship Quality
Toilets often non functional. GI bug outbreak affected 2% of previous passengers, so manadatory hand washing was required.
Service and Staff
Friendly, but unhelpful. Many seemed to struggle to understand basic English.
Waiter and Head Waiter forgot my girlfriends birthday. The next day they came to the table and said..."anyone here having a birthday. We forgot. We have a cake, do you still want it"... The cake looked like an enlarged cupcake.
Entertainment
Only one evening show. Pool side band was lackluster and small.
Children's Programs
Highlight of the ship. The staff were very engaging, and accomodated children of multiple temperments and needs.
Juneau, Alaska
The Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens were both great. On the Glacier take the trail to the beach and skip the Visitors center. The beach has better views of the glacier and no crowds.
Don't Miss: Glacier
Skagway, Alaska
Musher dog camp and White Pass railway. Views on railway are spectacular. Don't forget the camera. We stayed on the platform between cars the entire trip.
Skagway, Alaska
Musher dog camp and White Pass railway. Views on railway are spectacular. Don't forget the camera. We stayed on the platform between cars the entire trip.
Juneau, Alaska
The Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens were both great. On the Glacier take the trail to the beach and skip the Visitors center. The beach has better views of the glacier and no crowds.
Don't Miss: Glacier
Ketchikan, Alaska
Lumberjack show is interesting
Ketchikan, Alaska
Lumberjack show is interesting


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