Has anybody been on the Volendam recently Curious as to what recent experience may be
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We were on the Volendam for a 14 night return from Auckland to Sydney in late February.
This was our 20th or so cruise, but our first on HA and overall we were pleased, but it wasn't quite the difference between Princess or Celebrity that we thought it would be. No major complaints I suppose except for the rather disappointing diningroom wait-staff that could never seem to get a single order right. I think it was a bit of a comunication issue if you know what I mean. We all turned it into a bit of a laugh though.
The private cost-extra dining was excellent though and well worth it. Sorry the name of the restaurant escapes me at the moment. Also, if you drink wine, you should look at buying the wine card. It will save you quite a bit on decent enough wine.
The ship was clean, the other staff were quite good, and our outside cabin was a bit bigger than we expected.
The Volendam has a retractable roof which came in quite handy on the cooler, wet days. If you have any specific question, please just ask.