Great Transpacific Crossing

Volendam Cruise Review to Transpacific
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.7 out of 5
Volendam

29 Night North Pacific Crossing China & Japen (Vancouver To Shanghai)

Sail Date: September 27, 2017

Ship: Volendam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 6225

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

This was a Transpacific crossing as a repositioning cruise which involved more sea time than usual for most cruises. The MS Volendam is smaller than most modern cruise ships, which lends a more communal feel. That being said, it was a great cruise with greater than normal interactions with the ships crew, as well as the hotel staff.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We were running later than normal, so we missed the normal early rush.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The main dining room was good, but with late dining the service was often slow. We were used to cruises that had early and late dining, with the movies and stage shows during the opposite dining option. What Holland America had was early and late dining and late and very-late show and movie times. Had we realized that we would have chosen early dining.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Holland America tends to emphasize lectures and other educational forums over mindless entertainment. The lecture series on Japan (history, culture, interactions, etc) was excellent, as were the Pacific Explorations during the Age of Discovery. Two of the junior officers (Sophie and Martjn) also ran a very popular series of lectures on Navigational Topics that were very informative.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The dancers were so-so.

Children's Programs

No children on this trip.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was great as always.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Cleanliness was very good, but the ship is older and somewhat dated. Scheduled for a dry docking this winter in Shanghai where they will hopefully get lifts for the pools and hot tubs.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We got a handicap accessible cabin which worked out great. There were only a couple of 110V outlets available (in the bathroom and over the desk). We needed to use an extension cord to recharge her wheelchair, phones, iPad, etc,

Ship Tip

Realize it is a small ship by today's standards.

Ports Of Call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Embarkation port. Holland America did a great job transporting us from the Airport to the Cruise Terminal and through the usual embarkation hassles.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
We had been to Alaska several times, but Holland America had the usual suite of excursions available.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
We had been to Alaska several times, but Holland America had the usual suite of excursions available.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
We had extraordinary weather for our visit to Glacier Bay, clear skies, calm water and unlimited visibility.

Dutch Harbor, Alaska Did not visit port

Due to low pressure cells building in the Bearing Sea the Captain elected to skip Dutch Harbor and travel south. Extraordinary prescient as bad weather plagued the Aleutians during our crossing.

Cross International Dateline

5 out of 5
Got a certificate in exchange for Saturday, which disappeared.

Kushiro, Japan

5 out of 5
All of the excursions in Japan were organized by EXC Tours and seemed very few and very expensive.

Hakodate, Japan

5 out of 5
All of the excursions in Japan were organized by EXC Tours and seemed very few and very expensive.

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

5 out of 5
Disembarkation port for our cruise. Disembarkation was handled quickly and smoothly.

Shimizu, Japan Did not visit port

Yokohama was the disembarkation port of our cruise.

Osaka, Japan Did not visit port

Yokohama was the disembarkation port of our cruise.

Jeju City, Jeju-Do, (Cheju-Do), South Korea Did not visit port

The itinerary of the cruise was changed (apparently at the behest of China) to eliminate all Korean ports.

Incheon (Seoul). South Korea Did not visit port

The itinerary of the cruise was changed (apparently at the behest of China) to eliminate all Korean ports.

Tianjin (Beijing), China Did not visit port

Yokohama was the disembarkation port of our cruise.

Qingdao, China Did not visit port

Yokohama was the disembarkation port of our cruise.

Shanghai, China Did not visit port

Yokohama was the disembarkation port of our cruise.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Disembarkation was handled smoothly and with no apparent issues.
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