Volendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
7

2 out of 5

Not Impressed ! Disappointed!

Sail Date: December 13, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We would not recommend the Volendam. This was our 6th cruise (2nd on Holland America). We had problems with our toliet flushing for 3 days and other passengers had the same problem for up to 5 days of the 12 day cruise. Also one passenger reported their ceiling leaked onto their couch. Holland American did nothing to compensate for these major inconveniences. The food was very poor quality and disappointing, even the desserts. The staff was pleasant and the ship was clean. We also liked that most of the passengers were older. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the best port of call was going thru the Panama Canal.

Pros: Traveling thru the Panama Canal

Cons: TOILET IN OUR ROOM DID NOT FLUSH FOR 3 DAYS AND FOOD WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING!

Recommends Volendam? No.

Oranjestad, Aruba
Curacao
This was our favorite island on the trip. It's a cute town.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Overbooked the clamshell shades so people were fighing over them but we think this was due to 2 ships were there at one time and was only supposed to be 1, still it was very disrupting.
Colon, Panama
The town of Colon was AWFUL and NOT SAFE but the best part of the trip was going thru the Panama Canal.
Don't Miss: We went on the Canal Experience tour and it was the best part of the trip going thru the canal all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Curacao
This was our favorite island on the trip. It's a cute town.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
We took the countryside/ train and canal tour. The canal tour was nice but the Train ride was AWFUL. It took us thru the poorest area of squatters in the slums and thats not what we were paying a tour to show us. Also the train is not airconditioned and it got really hot. It would have been better to see the other side of Costa Rica where the nicer areas were.
Don't Miss: Do not take the train ride but the canal ride was nice.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Overbooked the clamshell shades so people were fighing over them but we think this was due to 2 ships were there at one time and was only supposed to be 1, still it was very disrupting.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
We took the countryside/ train and canal tour. The canal tour was nice but the Train ride was AWFUL. It took us thru the poorest area of squatters in the slums and thats not what we were paying a tour to show us. Also the train is not airconditioned and it got really hot. It would have been better to see the other side of Costa Rica where the nicer areas were.
Don't Miss: Do not take the train ride but the canal ride was nice.
Colon, Panama
The town of Colon was AWFUL and NOT SAFE but the best part of the trip was going thru the Panama Canal.
Don't Miss: We went on the Canal Experience tour and it was the best part of the trip going thru the canal all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific.


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