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  • Holland-America-RClass-Neptune-Suite - Relax in this cozy Neptune Suite aboard Holland America Line's Volendam.
  • Holland-America-Volendam - Sail aboard Holland America's Volendam and explore Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific.
  • Holland-America-Volendam-Fremantle-Australia - Holland America's Volendam departs from Fremantle Harbour in Western Australia.
  • Holland-America-Volendam-Fremantle-Australia - Holland America's Volendam departs from Fremantle Harbour in Western Australia.
  • Holland-America-Volendam-Atrium - At the atrium of Holland America Line's Volendam is a monumental glass sculpture inspired by the myriad moods and colors of a kaleidoscope. It was created by Luciano Vistosi, one of Italy's leading contemporary glass artists.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Volendam-Juneau - Holland America's Volendam in Juneau, Alaska.
  • Holland-America-Volendam - Sail aboard Holland America's Volendam and explore Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific.
  • Holland-America-RClass-Sea-View-Pool - Relax at the Sea View Pool in the aft section of your Holland America ship. (This is a shot of Volendam; her sister ships MS Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Zaandam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-RClass-Neptune-Suite - Relax in this cozy Neptune Suite aboard Holland America Line's Volendam.
  • Holland-America-RClass-Dining-Room-1 - You'll find luxurious appointments in the dining area aboard your Holland America cruise. (This is a shot taken in sister ship Zaandam.)
  • Holland-America-Pinnacle-Grill - In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Cannonball-burger-fries.jpg - Try a Cannonball burger with fries at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill, offering alfresco dining by the pool on your Holland America ship.
  • HAL-Land-&-Sea.jpg - Pair a surf-and-turf dish with a glass of wine on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-teak-deck-chairs - Pull up a teak lounge chair, relax and take in the view from the deck of your Holland America ship.
  • Holland-America-Volendam-Atrium - At the atrium of Holland America Line's Volendam is a monumental glass sculpture inspired by the myriad moods and colors of a kaleidoscope. It was created by Luciano Vistosi, one of Italy's leading contemporary glass artists.
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Piano-Bar - Enjoy music with a talented and comedic keyboard host playing requests at the Piano Bar aboard your Holland America Line cruise.
  • Holland-America-RClass-Aft-Pool - Sunny days are great for lounging at the Lido Aft Pool aboard your Holland America cruise. (This is a shot of the Zaandam; her sister ships ms Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Volendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-RClass-Fitness-Center - The huge, ocean-view gym aboard your Holland America Line ship is among the best at sea, with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding dozens of state-of-the-art machines: 11 treadmills, eight bikes and an assortment of stairsteppers, rowing machines, Cybex weight training machines and free weights. (This is a shot of the Volendam; her sister ships MS Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Zaandam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-RClass-Sea-View-Pool - Relax at the Sea View Pool in the aft section of your Holland America ship. (This is a shot of Volendam; her sister ships MS Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Zaandam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-Culinary-Arts-Center -  Improve your cooking skills from a roster of celebrated chefs as part of Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Volendam-Juneau - Holland America's Volendam in Juneau, Alaska.

Volendam: A top notch choice for plying the Pacific

Have you sailed on Holland America's Volendam? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable

Snapshot

The Volendam is a comfortable medium-sized cruise ship with approximately 1,400 passengers and an uncrowded feel.

The beautiful garden theme of ms Volendam is reflected in an artful floral motif throughout the ship's spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms. "Flowers" can be found in abundance in the forms of floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of tropical floral arrangements and chrysanthemums.

In addition to fresh flowers throughout the ship, Holland America Line has drawn on its collection of incredible artwork to enhance the interior of the ship's public spaces. Everything from pre-Columbian fetishes and sculptures to Renaissance-era fountains imported from Italy are included in its hallway galleries. At the heart of the ship an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, inspired by the myriad of moods and colors of a kaleidoscope which greets visitors in a soaring three-story atrium.

Who will like sailing on Volendam?

Volendam has a loyal following and enjoys a particularly high ratio of repeat cruisers. Most of the passengers are boomers or seniors, and while most are couples, there are a fair number of friends sharing quarters. 

Where Volendam sails

From Singapore to Sydney to Vancouver, the Volendam traverses the Pacific in style  with cruises to Asia, Alaska, Canada, Oceania, South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

Ratings & awards

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Conde Nast           
Berlitz           
Cruise Critic           
  • Top 20 Medium Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)

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Dining

The Volendam's alternative restaurant will take on the persona of an "artists' bistro," serving Italian fare, including pastas, pizzas, salads and more in a relaxed setting. Its beechwood walls will feature the drawings and etchings -- reproductions and originals -- of artists ranging from the old masters to perhaps a struggling new talent who may have traded artwork for a meal.Other dining venues include:

  • Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options.
  • Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.
  • Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.

Activities

The basic layout of the public rooms of the new ship will be the same as that of the Rotterdam, including the alternative dining restaurant, a lounge featuring an additional dance floor, and a children's room on Sports Deck that also may be used as a meeting or reception room. The new ship also will feature three staircases for the convenience of passengers, as on board the Rotterdam.

Entertainment

The Casino Bar, in addition to being the ship's sports bar, will feature cinematic memorabilia, including costumes, props, photos and posters of movies and the stars who made them.

The Volendam's main show lounge will feature colorful colonnades against satiny dark wood walls. The decor will hearken back to the Art Deco era, with a design inspired by the famous Tuschinski Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Other onboard activities include:

  • The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by Master Chefs or culinary guests.
  • Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.
  • Frans Hals Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
  • Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270 degree views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
  • Club HAL: the dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
  • The Loft and The Oasis: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.
Relax in this cozy Neptune Suite aboard Holland America Line's Volendam.
Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineRelax in this cozy Neptune Suite aboard Holland America Line's Volendam.

Staterooms

The ms Volendam features one penthouse suite, 28 suites, 168 deluxe veranda staterooms, 384 standard outside staterooms and 139 standard inside staterooms. It also has 22 staterooms equipped for the physically challenged that have wheelchair access. There is completely complimentary 24 hour room service, allowing you to get what is on the dining-room menu during dining times to enjoy in the comfort of your own spacious stateroom. 

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Atrium
  • Where: Volendam

  • What: Lido Aft Pool
  • Where: Volendam

  • What: Casino
  • Where: Volendam
  • Dutch floral focus is a treasured theme on the Volendam, with artwork, fabric and fresh flowers in abundance throughout the ship.
  • Pick a Pacific Ocean voyage and visit such Oceania, ALaska and Down Under!
  • Art deco decor delights in the main show lounge!

Top dining options on board

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Pacific Northwest
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Lunch and Dinner

Canaletto

  • Style: Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

1,432 Passengers [?]
615 Crew
10 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
61,214 Tonnage [?]
781 Length in feet
106 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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