The trip met our objectives for an enjoyable 30 days in warm weather. Many of the visited ports are industrial ports Holland America tried to rectify this situation through the use of shuttle buses

Volendam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 57

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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30 Night Incan Empires (San Diego Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 02, 2019

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2674

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Good food, good entertainment, unique items to purchase at very reasonable prices, friendly people, warm weather. Much better than a trip to Florida to be in warm weather


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Very good food mainly, especially preparation tables at the buffet, omelets, pancakes, fresh toast, crepes, salads, asian food, pasta etc. Excellent food at the specialty restaurants.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pickleball, fitness center, hot tub, educational lectures, America's Test Kitchen. Very enjoyable, could have been more things to do on sea days. Could improve the choice of movies.


5 out of 5
Especially enjoyed Adagio a violinist and pianist who played 4 times a day. The vocal groups and house bands were outstanding

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Great service except for the buffet in which staff cuts made it difficult to get a drink of water, ice tea etc After long waits in the dining room for lunch on 2 occasions, never came back. Excellent room service

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The age of the ship lead to some maintenance problems: leaks, toilet etc

Ship tip

The main stage is small, get there early for an 800 PM show or go to the 1000 PM show

Ports of call

San Diego, California

5 out of 5
visited friends

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
Good excursion to botanic gardens

Fuerte Amador, Panama

3 out of 5
Miraflores Locks was a disappointment

Manta, Ecuador

3 out of 5
Walked along the beach, visited a free museum and the mall

Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru

5 out of 5
Took a tour to visit the Temple of the Moon and Sun, Chan Chan and the best part of the trip a Peruvian Paso Horses Show

Callao (Lima), Peru

4 out of 5
Day 1 Visit to the malecon and local parks. Peru by night and magic fountains Day 2 Private tour of the sights of Lima Day 3 Stayed on boat


5 out of 5
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