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We embarked on 16 March for the 14 day cruise via Malacca, George Town, Phuket, Myanmar, Langkawi, KL and return to Singapore. We made our own arrangements for tours as the ship tours are indeed far too expensive. Our tours were at least half the price, smaller groups and more personal. Some days we just did our own thing. It's essential to do research and then you will learn information such as the distance from port to KL and can plan accordingly. When we did need to ask questions re taxi or directions, the tours director on board was extremely informative and knowledgeable and happy to advise us. Embarcation was very smooth and quick and at the time we were unaware of health issues on the cruise into Singapore. The staff, I believe, worked very hard to clean the surfaces during their time in port at Singapore and we had no problems during the 14 days. We found all staff and especially our cabin attendants extremely helpful and friendly and our ocean view cabin towards the stern of Dolphin Deck was great. There was some whining noise from the engines as we left port but that disappeared after about 15 minutes and our cabin was very quiet. We were happy that the Cruise Director, Jonathan, wasn't too intrusive. We have been on other cruise lines where we felt we were treated like children at a school camp. He had a softer approach and we were glad not to be 'gee-ed' up by him at every opportunity. We also appreciated that there was no one at the entrances to the Lido or restaurant spraying sanitizer on our hands and saying 'washy washy'!! (We were treated like adults). The HAL Cats performed well as did the guest artists. Tom, the Irish pianist/singer, was always popular as were the female duo, Adagio,on piano and violin and Michael the guitarist. We also loved having a dance to the Neptunes Trio who were great musicians and we felt it was a shame for them that more people weren't on the floor dancing. Re dancing, we have always enjoyed the buzz of the 'nightclub' on other cruises (we are in our mid '60's by the way) and our one criticism of this cruise was that very little seemed to be happening in the Crow's Nest at night. We put this down to a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the passengers (maybe because the tours in port were often up to 9 hours) rather than the staff. We have no criticism of the food in the Dining Room or the Lido and the staff were always friendly and efficient.

We enjoyed all aspects of this cruise.

Volendam Cruise Review by bella crociera

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Asia
We embarked on 16 March for the 14 day cruise via Malacca, George Town, Phuket, Myanmar, Langkawi, KL and return to Singapore. We made our own arrangements for tours as the ship tours are indeed far too expensive. Our tours were at least half the price, smaller groups and more personal. Some days we just did our own thing. It's essential to do research and then you will learn information such as the distance from port to KL and can plan accordingly. When we did need to ask questions re taxi or directions, the tours director on board was extremely informative and knowledgeable and happy to advise us.

Embarcation was very smooth and quick and at the time we were unaware of health issues on the cruise into Singapore. The staff, I believe, worked very hard to clean the surfaces during their time in port at Singapore and we had no problems during the 14 days.

We found all staff and especially our cabin attendants extremely helpful and friendly and our ocean view cabin towards the stern of Dolphin Deck was great. There was some whining noise from the engines as we left port but that disappeared after about 15 minutes and our cabin was very quiet.

We were happy that the Cruise Director, Jonathan, wasn't too intrusive. We have been on other cruise lines where we felt we were treated like children at a school camp. He had a softer approach and we were glad not to be 'gee-ed' up by him at every opportunity. We also appreciated that there was no one at the entrances to the Lido or restaurant spraying sanitizer on our hands and saying 'washy washy'!! (We were treated like adults).

The HAL Cats performed well as did the guest artists. Tom, the Irish pianist/singer, was always popular as were the female duo, Adagio,on piano and violin and Michael the guitarist. We also loved having a dance to the Neptunes Trio who were great musicians and we felt it was a shame for them that more people weren't on the floor dancing. Re dancing, we have always enjoyed the buzz of the 'nightclub' on other cruises (we are in our mid '60's by the way) and our one criticism of this cruise was that very little seemed to be happening in the Crow's Nest at night. We put this down to a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the passengers (maybe because the tours in port were often up to 9 hours) rather than the staff.

We have no criticism of the food in the Dining Room or the Lido and the staff were always friendly and efficient.
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