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Volendam Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5

14 Night Far East Discovery Holiday (Hong Kong To Singapore)

Sail date: December 20, 2017

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6206

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Not sure it was worth upgrading to a balcony for the overall cruise experience. Save your money, stick with a lower cabin and then it becomes value for money. Don’t waste time or money on the specialty restaurants


5 out of 5
Things started out great with perhaps the smoothest embarkation I’ve experienced

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Very disappointed with both the variety (very lacking) and the quality of the food. For a two-week cruise it was surprising to see pretty much the same menu. The service - and food quality - in The Pinnacle (pay) restaurant was very bad (so much so we had to complain and they gave us a free lunch). It. Appears that they move staff around the restaurants based on where they are busy and all this does is then make that restaurant busy

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Lots of children in the pools with no apparnt parental oversight and no one enforcing no running, jumping, splashing rules. Entertainment was lacking and poor quality. Very few activities beyond the organize-your-own chess, brifge, etc


2 out of 5
Poor performances (seemed as if there were only 4 singers and about the same number of dancers

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Dining Room staff were amazing: friendly and professional. Bar staff in The Mix were AMAZING

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Nice sized ship i.e. not too big. Ship just out of dry dock so as clean as it should be

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Good sized room with surprisng amount of closet space. Disappointed with the towel animals each night, LOL

Ports of call

Hong Kong

5 out of 5
Amazing city. View the City from Victoria Peak. Spend a couple of days here just exploring

Da Nang, Vietnam

5 out of 5
Do the Hanoi trip. It’s VERY long (13+ hours) but well worth it. Not much to see otherwise

Nha Trang, Vietnam

4 out of 5
Fun tour including rickshaw ride. Not much to see otherwise

Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

5 out of 5
Great from the history perspective. Be sure to visit HCMC/Saigon

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

3 out of 5
Small area still developing. No tours per se, but negotiate a tuk tuk to drive you around for a couple of hours

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

5 out of 5
Overnight stay but nothing near the ship. Do the overnight Bangkok visit

Ko Samui, Thailand

2 out of 5
Nothing to see or do on this visit. Either use the time for a Thai massage or (weather permitting) beach time


5 out of 5
Thorougly modern city; easy to see in a day. Do the Hop-on-hop-off bus tour to see everyuthing


5 out of 5
Again, very efficient
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