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Great cruise for first-time cruisers by Bt

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We recently travelled on Holland America's Volendam through Alaska's Inside Passage. It was an excellent route, frequently narrated by the ship's captain, and we were able to see many animals (whales, sea otters, etc.) as well as the glaciers. On-board activities were fun, frequent, and varied. We particularly liked the tai chi classes, digital workshops, and evening musical entertainment. Of course, the food was endless and generally good.

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Such a wonderful family vacation by TravelingF1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We booked a suite stateroom and if was a fabulous experience for us. Unfortunately, now that we have experienced this level of service, we will always be looking for a suite! Having access to a concierge, the Neptune Lounge, daily laundry service, Rotterdam Dining room table reserved, breakfast table reserved...OMG, we were spoiled. Everyone on board was so very nice and service oriented!

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A Great Cruise to Remember for Life by BhagvatiprasadP

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

From Check In to Disembark- Everything was Excellent

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Excellent Inside Passage Cruise!!! by ChrisB11

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Overall, the Volendam was an excellent ship. The ship was very clean and the staff was well organized and very helpful most of the time.

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Well worth the flight by Danm1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

We found the cruise itinerary was very good in itself though, as always, more time in ports would be good. All of the ports had something to offer in scenery or activities and the local folks were very helpful and warm. The cruise gave us the overview we wanted to decide if we wanted to take later vacations in Aust/NZ. We'd recommend the cruise and land touring.

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A Sail Down Under by GeraldF2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

The Voendam was refurbished less than a year ago and an excellent job was done. All areas have an exciting vibrant appearance

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Not their best! by AT262

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Volendam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Bathrooms not kept clean. Food was not as good as other ships I have been on. Entertainment by the staff in the main lounge was good but the other lounges was not good at all.

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A great cruise by KathyG3

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We enjoyed going on the ship, and services was great! The food was the best we have had cruising, third cruise. .

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Holland America Inside Passage Fabulous by GlennO

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We were impressed when the cabin steward called us by name when we arrived at our cabin, including our 2 daughters. The entire staff was great. A good variety of activities if interested and terrific information/narration during the day in Glacier Bay National Park. Good entertainment, good food, great cabin.

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Amazing trip by JasonY

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Holland America Line goes above and beyond in every facet of the journey.

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Wonderul cruise - GO! by DariaH

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Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

An Alaskann cruise is a fabulous experience and you should go. BUT don't book it through . First, is no cheaper than booking it direct and you HAVE to book your airfare through the cruiseline leaving you at their mercy (they wanted to put us on a red-eye from Vancouver after docking at 7 am). Getting out of it cost us a bundle and was useless, so stay away from them. Anyway, the cruise itself was fabulous; we had a great time. Alaska is unbelievably beautiful. Go! Go now!

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a fantastic cruise by SuzanneB1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Overall, I have a favorable impression of the ship.

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Holland America is Slipping by WilliamH3

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We sailed on the Ms Noordam about two years ago. The service on the Noordam was outstanding. The Volendam does not compare. I honestly believe that Holland America has reduced the English-speaking requirements of their staff. There were too many mistakes/misunderstandings by too many staff members for anything else to make sense.

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Great Land Cruise Tour by DarinT

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Overall very nice.

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Following the Stampeders to Dawson City by MarianH

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Not the newest ship and fewer amenities than Princess and Royal Caribbean but quieter and more laid back. We were disappointed that our "partially obstructed view" was actually fully obstructed by a large bulkhead and we were not able to move to another cabin. Overall the staff were friendly and helpful, the ship was clean and the 4 day trip from Vancouver to Skagway was enjoyable.

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Very Relaxing & Enjoyable by KristineH2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Recommend Cruise

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Wonderful cruise!! by AlexT4

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

We just returned from a 14 night cruise to New Zealand and Australia aboard the Volendam. The ship was very well kept and had a great layout. The decor was warm and inviting and not over the top like some cruise ships. The staff kept the public areas and the rooms very clean and fresh. Embarking and disembarking ran smoothly and fast. The ship had plenty of lounges where you could sit and relax. We never felt crowded on this ship which is 61,000 tons although we have been on smaller ships and larger ones where we have felt some crowding. The ship also has coin operated washers and dryers so you don't have to pack 2 weeks worth of cloth. Overall a wonderful ship that we enjoyed very much.

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A Nice Ship and Excellent Crew by DaveW8

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

We only sailed once before for three days about 25 years ago with our two children. That cruise was to the Bahamas. The Volendam is an older ship but the entire crew from the Captain to the stewards were most gracious. Also very witty with plenty of humor. The folks we met on the ship that cruise a lot told us we had made a good choice as this is one of the better cruise lines. We enjoyed it very much.

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Disappointed by AliceL5

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

This ship would have been wonderful if it was still 1955. Very rigid and old-school in their approach.

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Great Cruise by BruceS9

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Volendam / Destination: Caribbean

HAL handled many passengers very efficently, all crew members were friendly.

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