Holland America Line


24-hour Room Service
Beauty Salon
Broadway-style Entertainment
Children's Play room
Children's Play room
Cooking Classes
Fitness Center
Fitness Classes
Formal Nights
Hot Tub
Laundry/Dry Cleaning

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  • Shipboard accommodations

    Onboard meals and entertainment

Not Included

  • Airfare

    Items of a personal nature

    Shore excursions and meals ashore

    Hotel service charge

    Anything not noted as included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
61214 Tons
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Passenger Capacity

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Highly recommended

By: Margie

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2013

Fantastic on Neptune deck and the lounge and staff exemplarily. The Pinnacle Grill and staff 10 star. The lead singers with the chorus did not sing, they screeched.
Travel Advisor:  Coleen Noble

A very careful planner of services to clients


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2014

We trust Holland America to plan every detail of the journey
Travel Advisor:  Carol Pilon
Not Recommended

Not so hot!!!

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2014

We recently cruised with HAL on a trip from Hong Kong to Kobe, Japan.  Though the cruise ports were great I fear that our experience with HAL was Great ports, not as great a ship.  Dining was poor from the stand point of service, having to wait for two and a quarter hours to be fully served seem to us to be very poor service, especially when they tried to suggest that we leave the dining room even before the meal had been completely served.  No on board lectures about the ports of  call and their history when we were in such an interesting and historic part of the world.  Our cabin had water problems that were not acknowledge or repaired until five days into the cruise.  Poor tour companies on land tours and even worse ship chaperon who seemed to care little about the group to which they were assigned.  The onboard talent was very good.  Will probably not cruise with HAL soon and that is too bad as they have been a good cruise line for decades.

Terrific Ship and Staff

By: Elsie1214

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2014

I've been on three HAL cruises since 2011. All three ships were wonderfully run. I particularly liked the staff at the Greenhouse Spa and the Thermal Suite. By day 2 they called me by name before looking at my card. The masseuse was great and I splurged on a hair treatment and style. Almost two weeks later, my hair is still soft and shiny. Also, I was very impressed with the entertainment on this cruise. The songs were much more up-to-date, the costumes inventive and singers and dancers very talented.Of course, Alaska was great, too. Glacier Bay was beautiful.  I went on a short excursion at each stop and, even with rain at two stops, had a wonderful time. Definitely a great trip for families (and there were lots!) and couples as well as singles like me!
Travel Advisor:  Roz Gibel

They plan everything!

By: Mamachuk

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2014

What a perfect combination of travel: flight, train, and motor coach from Anchorage to Vancouver. Never a dull moment! We loved the planned trips and got to add a few of our own. Our accomodations were good, food was great (we did the meal plan), and each day was a new adventure. We met wonderful people who will also be a part of our great memories of our Holland American experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Weigel
Not Recommended

Ship Not Good

By: Marty

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2014

This ship is not good. I know it is doing to dry dock 12/2014. The food is totally terrible. I can't say how shocked I was about food! The front office is completely inefficient. We had received 2 beverage cards and could not activate until 2nd day. Was told any beverage purchased prior to activation would be transferred to beverage card but was NOT. Lifeboat drill was extremely horrible and if anything, life threatening to any people subject to heat, over crowded conditions, etc. The crew kept people standing on deck for much too long waiting for passengers to board ship!! They should have waited. The crew was hateful and rude. This was 2nd trip on Holland and likely LAST. Last cruise 2010 (Holland) was great in every way. Everything about this ship was horrible except for cabin and people who took care of it. Crew at bars were rude and inefficient. Crew in white uniforms with gold and black emblems not helpful and rude! Disappointing onboard experience at best!

Excellent cruise line

By: Rose

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2014

The HA ship was great, not a big ship which is good for me as I get lost easily. Loved the day of the week mats in the elevators. Service and food were very good and staff is so accommodating. Entertainment and social activities were great selections. Reasonable rates. Staff seem genuinely friendly. I would recommend HA anytime.
Travel Advisor:  Darrin Cancellieri
Not Recommended


By: Scott and Barb

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2015

The Volendam was a very old ship, the bath rooms needed updating, the staff and entertainment were great, the food was spotty.Barbara and Scott Wood

Good trip

By: M & M

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2015

We will use Jackie's services again
Travel Advisor:  Jackie Matthews

Clean ship, excellent staff

By: Bangkok Bob

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2015

While this is an older ship we found that to be a plus. There is a comfortable promenade and plenty of places to simply relax and enjoy some private time. Staff, especially waitresses are excellent. Food quality great, but needs a little more variety in the buffet. This was our first cruise on Holland America and we were not used to placing a request for entrees instead of serving ourselves, but it seemed to go well. Never felt crowded on board or suffered long lines.
Travel Advisor:  Sheryl West

An Enjoyable cruise

By: Al

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our HAL cruise on the Volendam. The crew service was outstanding. The food was uniformly delicious, with The Pinnacle Restaurant producing superb cuisine. We were more than pleased all aspects of our cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Stein

Right size ship - great restaurant staff


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2015

I'll mention I'm not a fan of huge floating hotels... however the Volendam was a good experience with plenty space in our stateroom, beautiful sight lines from the restaurant and easy access to indoor and outdoor sightseeing. The Lido deck buffet was pretty standard fare and we only did lunch there - quick and easy. Breakfast in the room was on time, hot, and very good - beats the buffet. The cruise into Glacier Bay was spectacular and the whales between Ketchikan and Vancouver were right along side the ship - cool. Holland America left us a little disappointed with some of their land accommodations but what they do best is cruise - the Volendam was great.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Keiderling Fehl

Only way to go

By: G C B

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2015

JoAnne made everything so easy. Recommended beverage package, a great value. Our Alaska cruise on Volendam was amazing. The ship, meals and all crew were wonderful, the only problem was a loud rushing water noise intermittently all week. Brother and sister in law next door had same problem, never resolved. Have sailed other cruise lines before but would only sail Holland America again, would highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  JoAnne Patterson


By: sbs2025

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2015

Everything on the ship was amazingly great.
Travel Advisor:  Janine Magnuson

Going in Style to China and Japan

By: Mr. Z

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

Over-all it was a great trip. -the ship was well furnished and attractive. Thanks to Eric -we upgraded to a window cabin view which worked out well and the cabin was surprisingly large enough and well laid out. My wife loved the bath tub. -the cities visited were exceptional, the Hong Kong stay at the Grand Harbour Kowloon hotel was a great experience with a harbour view that was unforgettable and we did tours of the city , Shanghai overnight, Beijing overnight, Seoul and Jeju, in South Korea, Osaka, Nagasaki, and an overnight stay in Tokyo at the Inter Continental Tokyo Bay with a bay view that was breath taking. -the shore excursion dealt with all the highlights of all the cities, walking on the Great Wall, seeing the Forbidden City etc. The places were more modern that we would have thought, with buildings going up everywhere. The ship had a guest lecturer who gave us the history of China We had one minor problem with the librarian, but the font desk staff solved it
Travel Advisor:  Eric Miller

Old but lovely.

By: Girl35

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

Although Volendam had been around many years, she's well looked after And comfortable. The dining room is still elegant and the spa and excercise Facilities were commendable.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel

Michelle is always great!

By: Donna

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2016

I always enjoy talking with Michelle about upcoming and new travel adventures. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. She follows up very quickly with any questions or concerns. Donna Bonfield

Hong Kong to Singapore

By: snickerdoodles

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2017

We were treated very well because we bought into the neptune suite section. The Neptune Lounge is a real bonus on this ship and the two concierges went out of their way to make things work or more pleasant for us. We did not think the food in the main dining room was that good. The menu has not changed in a long time and it is time to update it to more modern tastes. There was too much in the way of meat and heavy gravies and desserts. We took quite a few meals in the Lido Deck and in our room, although room service is from the main dining room so heavy food was the order of the day. We would have liked to hear some history of the area lectures but there were none. The shops on board were boring .
Travel Advisor:  Coleen Noble
Not Recommended


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

Service has declined, staff tries hard but is over worked. Dining room service slow, Lido service non existent, you want coffee or water it is self service!! Debarkation was unsat for flight arranged by HAL. Had to carry all baggage off the ship. Immigration and customs only had one line open and terminal not well laid out for ground transportation. Worst cruise ever on HAL
Not Recommended

Shipboard experience

By: Suki

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

O. K. Not enough activities, excursions too expensive, food only good in Pinnacle Grill and Lido, staff was great

Asia Cruise

By: Kim G.

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

Fabulous! As is every cruise we take with Holland America Line.
Travel Advisor:  Sheryl Graddon



Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2017

Travel Advisor:  Joe Lucero

Holiday planning

By: Maggie

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

It was very nice. We were quite satisfied.
Travel Advisor:  Carolyn Kremer
Not Recommended

good value

By: jpa

Reviewed on: 28 May 2017

Excellent cuisine but poor dining room service. They ran out of featured dishes in the cafeteria. Good value for money but ALL dining room staff we experienced need training, except for the sommeliers. The ship was booked to capacity. That may have contributed to the problems.

perfect 7 day cruise

By: Cappy

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

Our cruise on the Holland America Volendam was perfect! The cruise had a crew of 600 with 1200 passengers. There was never a wait or line for anything. The food in the dining room was spectacular and the food in the Lido was delicious. The wait staff was friendly, personable, attentive and helpful. The evening events were fun and entertaining in the auditorium, the music groups in the bar areas were talented and personable. They even had recent movies in the small theater, and they streamed great movies on our television in the suite. Our suite was a good size with ample storage, a king-sized bed, a window, and a desk. We couldn't ask for a better trip!
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska

Cruise to Alaska

By: Claire MacAdam

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Very pleased with the ship. Lots to do, friendly staff, delicious meals, comfortable and clean rooms.
Travel Advisor:  Samantha Collum


By: Barclay

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2017

A nice experience...have been on Princess & Royal Caribbean many years ago...would never use Princess again Found the Volendam small at first but then realized the benefits of a smaller vessel Look forward to booking a Caribbean cruise soon
Travel Advisor:  Rick Johnson

Alaska trip

By: Dodo

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

It was very good, even though I was dealing with a cold during that time of the trip. The boat is near, clean, and staff very courteous.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble


By: Jody

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2017

It was fun and at the time relaxing. The service was wonderful and the crew were amazing. They work so hard.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Alaska Cruise

By: sslee

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2017

Generally very good. This was our second cruise to Alaska and, unfortunately, because we were rather late in booking were unable to get a verandah stateroom. To us, the major draw is the scenery and being limited because of partial obstruction (lower promenade deck) were not as able to benefit from the views from our room as much as we wanted. The food at times in the dining room was saltier than we would have liked and in general was geared to middle of the road palates. I did resent having to pay for so many extras, in particular specialty coffees. Nonetheless the service was very good as to expected. The staff do try hard.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Nice ship, confusing layout

By: P.

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2017

Enjoyed the shows and the food in the Lido. The dining room entrees were not terribly interesting and the white wine (from Snoqualmy (sp) Washington, I think) that I purchased there was overly sweet and virtually undrinkable -- I suggest you don't carry that brand again. The pool and exercise room were great, as was the service as a whole, especially getting us on board for the first time. Much appreciated. I would have liked a few more "you are here" signs in the various lounges -- I kept getting confused about where fore and aft were. The smoking allowed in the gambling area was annoying, because wherever I was going it seemed I had to pass through that part of the ship, and smoke of any kind makes breathing difficult. Had a terrific trip, though, and wonderful weather. Delightful staff. Thank you.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Alaska choir cruise

By: Jill

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2017

Fun Wanted more choir rehursal time A daily meet up place 4 choir members would b a gr8 addition
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Alaska Cruise

By: Clerk

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2017

Good food, entertainment and smooth travelling
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Volendam to Alaska

By: Andaw

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

This was the first cruise I have taken and as I anticipated there was not enough time in port to see everything I wanted and one is surrounded by people. However the activities and food were excellent. The ship has a very high standard of cleanliness and elegance so I enjoyed the experience.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Alaska Singing Cruise for Canada's 150th Birthday

By: Marjie

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2017

Very comfortable, accessible to elevators, decks, etc. The stateroom was cosy and very functional...great shower stall and all amenities. Food, and drink was excellent, and service very good. All staff were very accommodating and polite. Entertainment was very good. Loved the mainstage shows, piano lounge, and other lounges. The views were superb and weather cooperated. Thank you.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Alaska cruiset

By: Root canal

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2017

The ship & crew were all first class.The food, entertainment at nite,& the cabin steward was all that I had come to expect from Holland American.My only complaint is with shipboard accounts which has taken a long time to clear.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

My first cruise ever

By: Iowathumper

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

The ship was very nice every crew member went out of there way to help you. There was plenty of room on the ship and places to get away from people if you wanted. The room was way above my expectation's, even had a sofa in there. We got lucky and originally booked a interior cabin and was able to bump up to outside window view cabin days before we sailed. There was plenty to keep busy if you choose to keep busy. We went and played Bingo and won $201 one evening went to a show one night, and stopped in couple lounges to listen to some live entertainment they were all very good. We choose to only eat at the main buffet which we were little disappointed in along with the deserts. The Taco bar which was open for lunch was very good.
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Cain


By: Hello

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

This was our first time with Holland America and we enjoyed our cruise very much . I liked the idea of the walk for cancer which I participated in . My only concern was that the food in the dining room at night was usually only warm ,never hot . Also one evening the dinner I was served was not what I ordered -not even close but because I had waited so long I did not send it back.
Travel Advisor:  Martina Peladeau

Asian Cruise

By: Lloyd

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Neptune suite was extremely comfortable and large. Concierge service was invaluable. Food in the main dining room very well presented and tasty. However the Lido buffet was mediocre at best. Evening entertainment was varied and adequate, not particularly outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Eileen Schlichting

It’s a bit tired but about to get remodeled

By: 1Califtraveler

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2017

It was an excellent cruise through Asia with wonderful ports of call and great shore excursions. The ship is looking a bit worn but is scheduled to go to dry dock at the end if current cruise Overall, HAL is not what it used to be. No longer a classic cruise experience as it was 20 years ago. It has become “Carnivalized” although still better than Carnival itself.
Travel Advisor:  Dan Twomey


By: tripper

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2017

The ship was going into dry dock and consequently many of the "niceities" assoicated with Holland America were not there. The disembarkation in Singapore was a disaster when the paid for trip to the airport transport was late arriving, a whole crew of workers arrived at the same location, confusion reigned supreme. Further those of us departing from Terminal 4 at the Singaport airport had to get off at Terminal 1 and walk mostly to 4 with our babbage. Not a good send off.
Travel Advisor:  Shawn Kilner

Great ship and crew and Asia

By: Like Cruising

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2017

We were on Volendam for eight weeks, starting in Alaska and ending in Singapore. The ships crew and the ships material condition were excellent. Even though the ship was going into a fourteen day dry docking and refurbishment, the appearance and functionality of the ship was impressive. As always HAL crew are the best! Ports of call were excellent and very exciting to visit.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Terhune
Not Recommended

Ship was fine, but lousy dining room service

By: DB

Reviewed on: 17 Jan 2018

This was a pleasant cruise in a pleasant environment, but the dining room service, particularly in the main dining room, was consistently bad. Worst we've had as experienced HAL passengers. Food was served cold after long waits. Waitstaff were inattentive and rushing around. It just did not meet the usual Holland America standards for service at all. Our cabin stewards were fine, but if we'd wanted them to be available and helpful, I'm not sure that would have happened -- they made themselves scarce, though did their usual tasks well. Perhaps it was because all the service staff were strained by a ship that was supposed to be close to or at passenger capacity. In any event, HAL should have staffed up for that and they obviously did not. Various dining companions we had agreed. In addition, we got contradictory information about various visa issues both before and during the cruise. There were definitely communication issues among HAL staff. Fortunately, nothing went wrong.
Not Recommended

Smelly cabin

By: Boblu

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

Checked into ship in Singapore the room smelled from last guests droppping somethink on rub. Unable to get smell out had to sleep with hallway door open for two nights. Took 3 complained before anyone would come and even look at room. Burning smelllin nose and mouth with not are movement at night. After two day all of a Dundee they had spare cabin??? Do not get room on 3 deck people can see in windows if black out curtains not totally closed and doors slamming can be heard 2 to 3 cabins away from exit door, with lots of people up walking on this deck early in morning be prepared to get up at 6 if located on deck 3

Holland America Volendam

By: Slam

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

The staff of Volendam was great and attentive to servicing guests. We had a wonderful time on the cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer


By: asiabound

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2018

The ship, I was told recently came out of dry dock and was updated in a number of ways. My cabin was fine and everything worked well in it. The promenade deck makes possible outdoor walks even on sea days and provides a good place for photo taking, too. Lido Market offers casual dining alternatives for the nights you don't feel like getting dressed for dinner in the dining room.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Terhune

Cruise ship

By: TravellerS

Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

It was good. There were enough activities on the ship on the 3 sailing days and also nice little lounges to just sit and read.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson


By: Dave

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

Great people, had a good time
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Weigel

good experience


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

We enjoyed the time through Glacier Bay. The Inside Passage is over rated. The service was marvelous. The entertainment and movies were good.
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Cain

Alaska 2018

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2018

I enjoyed the land travel much more than the cruise part.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Hart

alaska cruise

By: sherry

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

the ship was great the crew was out standing the food was great
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum

ship review

By: Jenny

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2018

The time was terrific on the ship. I definitely would recommend the Neptune suites and the private lounge was very helpful. One complaint was that one of our excursions was cancelled on the day of which should have been explained was likely to happen. The specialty dining, while limited, was delicious. This was especially so in the Pinnacle Grill (not so much in the Italian place.) Otherwise, we had a very relaxing time and enjoyed the ship very much.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Cruise ship

By: Robyn

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2018

It was great. All staff members very courteous and friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Rosie Goldberger

Great service

By: KK

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2018

We really enjoyed our time on the Volendam. The room stewards were very helpful. Yogy our waiter was really friendly and professional.
Travel Advisor:  Betty Shukster


By: Ben and Julie Nychuk

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2018

There are so many great things about travelling with Holland America Line of ships. The service is excellent, the staff are extremely polite and friendly and helpful, we like the smaller ships, easier to meet other passengers if you're interested in that. The beds are extremely comfortable, food wonderful and the nightly shows are great and I would have no problem recommending the actual line of Holland America. This particular ship was a bit of a problem for us in that some of the public bathrooms had a really bad smell, something to do with a drain, the rooms and corridors on our floor also did not smell that fresh. I think it must be because it's an older ship because the ship is very clean and the staff is continually cleaning, everything is buffed and cleaned constantly but the lingering smell was a little off-putting. Other than that it's a very welcoming and hospitable atmosphere aboard.
Travel Advisor:  Shawn Kilner

Good Cruise

By: Sam

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2018

The Cruise was an enjoyable experience. It was our first cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Craig Adryan

Volendam Review

By: Java Rocket

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

The Volendam is lovely. Not the largest most glamorous vessel but large enough to offer several nice restaurants. As usual the HAL crew was friendly, gracious and professional. It was truly a wonderful vacation.
Travel Advisor:  September Holstad

Pleasant journey

By: Salgal

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2018

We enjoyed our cruise. Our room was well tended, the food was good and the staff was so friendly and helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Sheryl Graddon

Great time

By: Ellen

Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2018

Great ship and accommodations. Great itinerary. Good amenities. Good passengers. Would travel with Holland America again.
Travel Advisor:  Shane Paquette

Panama Canal Cruise[

By: John

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2018

The ship was very beautiful and well maintained. Food was very good as weil as the entertainment and activities.
Travel Advisor:  Evelyne Gaudin

Panama Canal Transit

By: Sailor Sam

Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2018

This ship is one of the older in the fleet and it shows somewhat. Our stateroom had been updated recently and was very comfortable. The public areas were also well maintained. The ship showed the most wear around the Lido pool. Some lights around the pool were needing replaced and the wall paper around the canopy was peeling. When it rained and on one other day the Lido Market ceiling leaked forcing closure of one food line. We were aware that some guests experienced air conditioner problems in their stateroom. The food was good and the staff very accommodating and attentive.


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2019

It was satisfactory
Travel Advisor:  Patrice Thomas

Holland America - Volendam

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2019

Volendam is an older ship. The cabins were refurbished with walk in showers. Cabin was comfortable - Dolphin Deck. Staff were very friendly and customer focused. Entertainment was great and varied - musicians, magic acts, ventriloquist, improve, etc.
Travel Advisor:  Carolyn Kremer

Our Favorite Cruise Line

By: Lec

Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2019

This was our 4th cruise with Holland America and each time a different ship. The crew service was excellent. We definitely will cruise with them again. Next cruise will be the Baltic Sea. The Panama Canal cruise was on the Volendam.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor
Not Recommended

Panama Canal trip

By: DeeDee

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

I don't know if I could recommend this trip or not. The Volendam is a lovely ship and we loved going through the Panama Canal. Most of the itenerary of the 16 day trip from Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego was beautiful and informative. However, Some of the excursions were not to showcase the area, but to make money off of tourists. I found that disappointing. Also the trip was an older crowd who had mobility issues which made the trip unpleasant in many ways. There is nothing that can be done with that, but that makes us hesitant when we think of future cruises. We were disappointed with some of the activities on the trip. The service on the ship, also left a lot to be desired. A lot of the officers had just gotten on board when we did so they were trying to catch up on things. We were disappointed with the Pinnacle and its service. Not much was done except lip service about our complaints. All in all it was an enjoyable trip.

Panama Canal

By: Suite sue

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2019

Excellent cruise, superb dining and an awesome crew. Excursions were top notch.
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Lichty


By: World traveler

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2019

Very quiet, old crowd. Dining areas seemed understaffed.
Travel Advisor:  LynnDee King
Not Recommended


By: Grammy

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2019

We actually had a wonderful cruise on the Volendam. The staff was excellent and the ship adequate. No problems for us but it is a little small and no longer new.

Panama Canal cruise

By: ***

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

As usual was treated very well.
Travel Advisor:  Francoise Campbell

Lots to do

By: Trippy

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2019

The purpose was to experience the Panama Canal and this cruise did just that. There was lots of information and our balcony stateroom was on the right side of the ship to really have a birds eye view. The other ports were "bonus" and we enjoyed them too.
Travel Advisor:  Foy Renfro

Second time on the Old Girl

By: Triplecee

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2019

Volendam was launched in 1999 and we cruised on her to Alaska from Vancouver. She was almost new at the time and it was the cruise ship that contributed to our deciding we liked cruising.. This last cruise from Ft Lauderdale to San Diego via the Panama Canal was also on the Volendam after 17 years. To be honest she is showing her age. I heard a possibility that she may be in for refit in 2020 and that wouldn't be too soon. Our stateroom was at the stern on a corner of the Navigation Deck. That has been our choice location on all cruises. The cruise itself was very good. This was further enhanced by the excellence of the stateroom attendants and the food service staff. The cruise director and an outstanding pianist who had the entire ship enthralled made the trip a superb experience. The Lido Buffet food was excellent while the Main Dining Room menu had some good moments and some not so good. The Pinnacle Grille food was outstanding. The cost of wine and beer was atrocious!
Travel Advisor:  Tom Gehrels
Not Recommended

Volendam, HOA

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2019

The room stewards, dining room stewards as well as all other crew were wonderful. I miss not having any dancing music at a reasonable time. The dance music starts at 10 PM which is really late for a lot of people. I asked the Cruise Director if they could start at 9 PM, well it never happened, all they have for dancing is a DJ, whch is fine, but they still insisted on starting dancing at 10 PM. Entertainment is not very good.

Affordable Quality Cruising

By: Rick Hendrickson

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2019

Holland America's Volendam is a quality cruise experience that hardens back to the classic cruise era. A Holland America cruise is journey that takes you to new experiences and insights not just a floating resort at sea.
Travel Advisor:  Bridgett Quinn



Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2019

Travel Advisor:  Gayle Soloe