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Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 25

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Volendam

7 Night Alaskan Inside Passage (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 15, 2019

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7045

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

It was such a wonderful cruise, our first, but I hope not our last. It was more casual than I expected and I was disappointed that the gala nights weren’t more gala and that the dining room wasn’t fancier and didn’t have live music and dancing, at least on gala nights. My Aunt used to cruise a lot with Holland and it was different then.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
It was fine- long Line’s but they managed very well

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food was okay, but not great. The buffet was generally crowded and not that well organized. The dining room was okay. I have a food allergy and they could have done a better job explaining how they wished to manage that. The first morning they delivered breakfast with a slice of the fruit I’m severely allergic to, in spite of my having filled out the form ahead of time and writing on the breakfast order that I had a severe allergy. This was a really serious mistake and I was very upset. It didn’t happen again but I didn’t feel that anyone in charge bothered to apologize.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
They were good. The jets didn’t work properly on the hot tubs. The fitness center was fine. The spa was great.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room stewards were fantastic! The waiters were okay. All staff were very friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Yes, it was good and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was really good. It was more spacious than I had expected. There was only one plug but I had known to bring a power strip. The bed was good, bathroom was fine, and having a balcony was lovely.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Lovely city- did things on our own.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
No port, but lovely scenery.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Okay. Did a whale watching excursion that was great. Ate a sub par meal by the dock.

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
Good- did a great excursion to the Yukon and on White Pass railway.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
The highlight of the trip! Stunning!

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Good. Lots of very overpriced rip-off jewelry stores. Cute town, but crowded with other ships. Didn’t do an excursion.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Excellent- very well organized.
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