Consistently Inconsistent

Volendam Cruise Review to South Pacific

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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17 Night Great Barrier Reef (Sydney To Singapore)

Sail date: November 21, 2015

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1953

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

While the locations were excellent this ship is very middle of the road especially when it came to eating.  There is plenty of food, just generally mediocre to poor.  The non-lemon lemonade is one example as was a hard-boiled egg for Eggs Benedict.  They had lamb so tough even the carver couldn't cut it and the list goes on and on.


Information was poor.  For example after a week on board we learned that the New York Times had been available for free on line the whole time.  Learned other things after the fact as well.


Do not exchange money on board!!!!.  As an example in Indonesia they charged about 6 percent exchange rate and on shore it was under 1 percent of the official rate.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Don't bother with the Rotterdam Dining Room unless you just like to dress up. Food was slow and inconsistent. Lido adds flexibility and you can pick and choose a wide variety. Worth at Lido trying is the Italian counter. Never change money on board. They blame Bank of America for their poor ra

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5

Hamilton Island, Australia

5 out of 5

Cairns, Australia

5 out of 5

Sherrard Island Anchorage (Cruise & Anchor)

3 out of 5

Cruise Great Barrier Reef

5 out of 5

Cruise Far North Region

5 out of 5

Darwin, Australia

3 out of 5

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

5 out of 5

Semarang, Java, Indonesia

5 out of 5
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