Just returned from 1 week Volendam cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage. Happy to report that the Volendam is an excellent addition to HAL's fleet and even improves on the Statendam class vessels. The size of the ship allows good passenger flow and aside from the buffet lines in the Lido restaurant it never felt crowded, even with over 1200 aboard. The addition of more balcony cabins and the third stairway and elevator lobby are definite pluses. The cabin bathrooms are quite good and offer a lot of shelf space and storage. Good closet space as well. The Crow's Nest lounge is a lovely room and was perfect for watching the Inside Passage scenery. Food and service was very good in both the Rotterdam Dining Room and the Marco Polo alternative restaurant. The Internet room is a nice addition as you can send an email from the ship. Entertainment in the main show lounge was quite good. The Copacabana and Broadway reviews were well done. Overall the Volendam is a quality ship and well designed for today's cruising.
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