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We went to ports in Indonesia that we've never been to before and loved each one. We saw komodo dragons on Komodo Island, saw how 3rd world countries are growing and improving. The crew were the happiest of any group we've ever experienced on a ship. HAL set up a meet and greet for our cruise critic roll call so we could put a face to a name. The Volendam singers and dancers are great, as they are on each HAL cruise, but the add on entertainment was quite average. The Test Kitchen can't provide taste samples of the foods any longer since they aren't prepared by an onboard chef. It's a very good chef provided through the contractor but the foods she prepares sometimes uses items not found in the ship's kitchens so they don't prepare enough for us to taste. Her cooking and implement suggestions and ideas were quite useful and the recipes and information sheets handed out are very good.

Seeing a different part of the world

Volendam Cruise Review by ABubbe

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
We went to ports in Indonesia that we've never been to before and loved each one. We saw komodo dragons on Komodo Island, saw how 3rd world countries are growing and improving. The crew were the happiest of any group we've ever experienced on a ship.

HAL set up a meet and greet for our cruise critic roll call so we could put a face to a name.

The Volendam singers and dancers are great, as they are on each HAL cruise, but the add on entertainment was quite average.

The Test Kitchen can't provide taste samples of the foods any longer since they aren't prepared by an onboard chef. It's a very good chef provided through the contractor but the foods she prepares sometimes uses items not found in the ship's kitchens so they don't prepare enough for us to taste. Her cooking and implement suggestions and ideas were quite useful and the recipes and information sheets handed out are very good.
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A 6124
Cabin entryway is cramped with no room for us to pass each other between the bed and the wall. There is just one useable outlet in the cabin - bring your extension cord! There is lots of storage space for folded clothing but the hanging area of the closets is very small.
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