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We loved our 30-day, back to back cruise from Singapore and the Far East and Indonesia, including the solar eclipse. The ship is comfortable and all the staff were wonderful. The itinerary was well planned, with just enough down time for us to recover from the extraordinary excursions. We noted that the ship excursions were far less crowded and were efficiently manned and coordinated, including our special diets for those including food. While the price is somewhat high, there is peace of mind that the timing will be correct. In fact, traffic was an issue in some areas and we were late to return to the ship. Because we were on a ship's excursion, we didn't fret. We were disappointed with the person who was the educator for the eclipse and other astronomical lectures. The shows were good. We always appreciate the staff and crew and how hard they all work. HAL had the families of staff who lived in the region board the ship and visit with their loved ones. It made everyone happy, and the mood was elevated even higher than the normal good cheer. That is a very special perk for the staff and their families, and the passengers benefited as well. We have always enjoyed Holland America and have 3 more cruises planned.

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Volendam Cruise Review by Florida Frog

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
We loved our 30-day, back to back cruise from Singapore and the Far East and Indonesia, including the solar eclipse.

The ship is comfortable and all the staff were wonderful. The itinerary was well planned, with just enough down time for us to recover from the extraordinary excursions.

We noted that the ship excursions were far less crowded and were efficiently manned and coordinated, including our special diets for those including food. While the price is somewhat high, there is peace of mind that the timing will be correct. In fact, traffic was an issue in some areas and we were late to return to the ship. Because we were on a ship's excursion, we didn't fret.

We were disappointed with the person who was the educator for the eclipse and other astronomical lectures. The shows were good. We always appreciate the staff and crew and how hard they all work.

HAL had the families of staff who lived in the region board the ship and visit with their loved ones. It made everyone happy, and the mood was elevated even higher than the normal good cheer. That is a very special perk for the staff and their families, and the passengers benefited as well.

We have always enjoyed Holland America and have 3 more cruises planned.
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Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A 6179
Cabin was as expected. We had problems with the toilet that occurred at least 5 times. We had the plumber give us every excuse, but was there quickly and fixed things each time. It was inconvenient, to say the least, and they said they would look into the problem while in port.
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