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Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruuse by bob315

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

This double Holiday Cruise was a good Southern Caribbean value on Holland America’s vintage Volendam. The services crew was excellent and attentive with a responsive Front Office for any problems. The lack of production shows left a vacuum, but it was filled by the specialty stage shows, Lincoln Center Stage, and Billboard Onboard. Bar Service and Food and Beverage/Dining was excellent. The combo every night at the Ocean Bar put the icing on the cake and Robbie, the Las Vegas act was the tympany. Thank you Volendam Officers and Crew!

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Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruuse by bob3152020

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

This double Holiday Cruise was a good Southern Caribbean value on Holland America’s vintage Volendam. The services crew was excellent and attentive with a responsive Front Office for any problems. The lack of production shows left a vacuum, but it was filled by the specialty stage shows, Lincoln Center Stage, and Billboard Onboard. Bar Service and Food and Beverage/Dining was excellent. The combo every night at the Ocean Bar put the icing on the cake and Robbie, the Las Vegas act was the tympany. Thank you Volendam Officers and Crew!

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A Great Holiday Caribbean Cruise by crackers5313134

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

It was nice to get away for the holidays. The ship was decorated beautifully, and Santa Claus came on Christmas morning and gave each child a gift. Wonderful memories!

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An Amazon Adventure for sure by bumpercarr

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We really enjoyed this cruise and it knocked one of those things off of our bucket list. It was certainly an adventure. Between the tender issues, running aground on the river and our fabulous eco lodge tour, it will be a cruise that we'll never forget.

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OK Cruise by kotokikuni

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Choice of movies could be better; and more novels in the library.

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Relaxing Caribbean Cruise by Stretch54

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The cruise was great for relaxing and visiting some of our favorite beaches in the Caribbean. We were fortunate because the weather was perfect each day.

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Exciting Panama Cruise by mkmooredvm

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

As mentioned earlier this ship was on a relocation cruise headed for dry dock in the Bahamas. Service may have been curtailed because of this. They did the best they could but the trip was still enjoyable. There was a good variety of shore excursions available. The temperature of the ship was colder than was necessary.

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Trip Of A Lifetime! by hmc4530

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

I would take the same cruise on the same ship again! HAL did not disappoint! Don't go on a larger ship because you won't be able to get into Glacier Bay! Can't wait to go on our next HAL cruise! Bermuda again? Canada/New England?

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Best Trip Ever by ppotte

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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.

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Wonderful time in Alaska by callejarode

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Not happy about the service charges. Would be nice if crew was paid a living wage. Come to find out that the service charges are shared by all and not the person or persons providing the service.

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Very good times by ysut88

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

We had good times this cruise. We like to spend more times each ports. Some ports was short times.

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the Panama canal was a great place to see. the caribbean side was great by samtanker

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the ship and staff were very good. it was nice to have a movie theater as they did years ago

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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 by redmen66

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

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

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Great cruise by jdorr1002

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Good cruise however the tender ports were unacceptable delays and service was very slow in the dining.

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So glad to be home... by beckybenayas

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Will not take another cruise on this ship as we feel it is very outdated. Have cruised several years on Holland America but sadly disappointed with the way this cruise turned out. Always do a private balcony but feel like our money spent was not deserving of what our experience was.

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A bucket list item completed. The trip was everything, and actually much more, than I anticipated. by Ynottimothy

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It was a wonderful ship cruise I would mark as absolutely necessary for every human being who wishes for more than just the cruise at sea experience and the sights thereof. The historical endeavors of governments, individuals, and the hard labor of men and women to achieve a true wonder of all time, the Panama Canal, is beyond description in this cruise. Holland America brought to us (especially by dedicated individuals like Captain Turner, Jude and Justin) all one can possibly expect in a cruise plus an educational historical summary of all the areas visited to include entertainment and relaxation beyond description. This cruise was fulfilling, exciting, adventurous, and luxurious beyond my expectations. I extend my personal heartfelt thanks to Holland America and all of the Volendam cruise ship crew.

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Great Trip! by voyageguy

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The cruise provided great shipboard fun and excursion activities. Very diverse food choices and settings. Excursions were offered for all types of people. The towel sculptures were a hoot!

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Panama Canal was Grand by jpmahaffeyc3d1c

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Panama Canal is outstanding, considering it was finished in 1914 and using the original locks and 12 volt motors to open the locks. This is what made the trip worthwhile. Overall was a nice cruise, except the ship was cold and made some parts of the cruise a lot to be desired. The entertainment by the ship's singers and dancers was mediocre. The ships band was outstanding, especially the drummer. The excursions that we went on were very good. The room stewards were excellent. We were disappointed with the food in the dining room; the Lido Deck had better options and the food was hot when you got it. The dining staff tried their best.

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Great cruise given the ports we visited. by jwmason41

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Jude did a great job and gave excellent advice. I did not rate the ports of call highly as they were boring.

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Great Canal Cruise by crackers5313134

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One of the best cruises we've had in years. Love the Volendam!

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