Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Alaska and the Voendam

Sail Date: July 09, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

The stops in Alaska were wonderful and the nature and countryside were spectacular.  I do wish they actually let us see the Tracy Arm Fjord up close.  That would have been a highlight instead of just making a servcie call to drop off people.  Skagway and Glacier Bay were teh best stops on the trip.  Skagway's Jewel Gardens was lovely and the time in the teahouse absolutely enchanting.  The Glaciers in Glacier Bay were marvelous. 


I would say, however, the Volendam needs some work.  We had a crack in the tub in our room and the curtains and other apurtenances in our room and on the ship needed updating.  The food was good to excellent, although, like many cruises these days, the food seemed to slip in quality as the cruise proceeded.  The best food and experience was, of course, in the specialty restaurant, the Pinnacle Grill.  Lunch and dinner there were wonderful, as was the night at Le Cirque. 


The production shows were truly superior and the magician was quite good, although doing tricks that everyone knows.  The comedian was ok, but not amazing. 


The cruise director and many of his staff truly seemed more stand-offish than I am used to with other lines.  I was surprised that they had no real idea how to be very friendly with people.  But, that seemed to be part of teh stuffiness on the boat in general.  The exception to this was the casino staff, who mostly went out of their way to be very friendly and accomodating.  High praise to them!

Ship Quality
See my general comments.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Rado and Dimitro in the casino and Ben, the semolier in Pinnacle Grill.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
larger than most rooms of its type, but needed some updating as previously mentioned.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
see Granville Island, wonderful things to do
Juneau, Alaska
see the capitol building and its chambers.
Skagway, Alaska
see Jewel Gardens and go to the tea room
Cruise Glacier Bay
Bets part of the trip
Ketchikan, Alaska
great shopping
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska


Best food in the Pinnacle Grill, although early nights in the main dining room were good. Breakfast for sure in the buffet, no where else. Lunch in Pinnacle was fantastic!

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