Alaska and the Voendam

Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 43

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Volendam

7 Night Glacier Bay & Inside Passage (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 09, 2014

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2635

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

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 experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Rado and Dimitro in the casino and Ben, the semolier in Pinnacle Grill.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
See my general comments.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
larger than most rooms of its type, but needed some updating as previously mentioned.

Ship tip

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!

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
see Granville Island, wonderful things to do

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
see the capitol building and its chambers.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
see Jewel Gardens and go to the tea room

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Bets part of the trip

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
great shopping

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
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