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Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 57

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Volendam

7 Night Alaskan Inside Passage (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 08, 2019

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2549

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Excelent experience. HAL does not dissapoint. Taken care of exceptionally well from start to finish. Alaska is a must-see.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Overall, fairly smooth. Plenty of friendly staff to guide the process. Due to a low tide issue, and earlier deoarture time we were asked to disregard our assigned boarding time and arrive sooner. This meant more peiple at one time. However, we were one of the first groups to arrive, so that helped to expedite once they were aet up & ready for us.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Dining room was beautiful, attended well. Mostly very good service. A few mornings, at breakfast, a little slow but understandable w so many at one time. Food was excellent, portions plentiful. Would have liked a little more variety of menu, but afain how do you please so many different tastes. Pinnacle Grill experience top notch and worth the up-charge. You are treated like royalty.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Did America's Test Kitchen, Afternoon Tea, fitness center, and thermal suite. Enjoyed them all emmensely.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Went to Rock Legends and Roadhouse and a party in the Crow's Nest. Musician's and performers all near Broadway-level talent. Party was fun too. DJ and Cruise Director made sure everyone was a part of it.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Attentive, friendly, professional. Anything we needed they were making sure we received.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Beautiful artwork and design. Clean and well-maintained enough for an older ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Wasn't even expecting an oceanview. Last minute upgrade was given. Excellent size, plenty of extra storage space, and loved the shower with a door. Comfotable and very clean.

Ship tip

Exolore and experience as much of the ship as you can can. Lots of hidden treasures.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Incredibly beautiful. Arrived 2 days early to get to know the area. So unique and a great outdoorsy, urban vibe. Did an indepe ndent half-day tour with Land and Seas. We saw so much and just enough. Would love to visit again someday.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
Beautiful to see amazing scenery as we cruised. Captain was great to announce when wildlife was spotted.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Dog Musher Camp and Salmon Bake. Both excellent and well-organized.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
White Pass Railroad. Incredible! Well-done.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
My favorite. Rangers and cultural interpreter provided very good information. Scenery was just amazing and life-affirming.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Port was beautiful and charming. No excursion, but walked Creek Street, great shopping, and fantastic chowder at Anneabelles.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Smooth, organized. Transfer to airport was quick and pretty easy.
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