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Specifications of ms Volendam
|Year built||1999 / Age: 23|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Marghera, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 400 million|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||237 m / 778 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||61214 gt|
|Passengers||1432 - 1718|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Sister-ships||MS Zaandam (identical), MS Amsterdam, MS Rotterdam|
|Christened by||Christine Marie Evert|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Holland America Line|
ms Volendam Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2022 Sep 24||28 days, round-trip Holy Land, Ancient Kingdoms Adriatic Explorer||Venice||$3799|
|2022 Sep 24||14 days, round-trip Holy Land Ancient Kingdoms Explorer||Venice||$1999|
|2022 Oct 08||28 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome||Venice||$3799|
|2022 Oct 08||14 days, round-trip Adriatic Ionian Explorer||Venice||$1999|
|2022 Oct 22||28 days, one-way from Venice to Fort Lauderdale||Venice||$2729|
|2022 Oct 22||14 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome||Venice||$1999|
|2022 Nov 05||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia-Rome||$869|
|2022 Nov 19||28 days, round-trip Amazon Explorer||Fort Lauderdale||$3339|
|2022 Dec 17||10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer||Fort Lauderdale||$1199|
|2022 Dec 17||17 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Eastern Caribbean||Fort Lauderdale||$1899|
|2022 Dec 27||7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean||Fort Lauderdale||$899|
|2023 Jan 03||74 days, round-trip Grand South America Antarctica Voyage||Fort Lauderdale||$10499|
|2023 Jan 03||40 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires||Fort Lauderdale||$6459|
|2023 Feb 12||34 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale||Buenos Aires||$5489|
|2023 Mar 18||14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean||Fort Lauderdale||$1199|
|2023 Apr 01||14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean||Fort Lauderdale||$1199|
|2023 Apr 15||21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver||Fort Lauderdale||$1999|
|2023 Apr 15||17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego||Fort Lauderdale||$1699|
|2023 May 02||4 days, one-way from San Diego to Vancouver||San Diego||$349|
|2023 May 06||4 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Cruise||Vancouver||$359|
|2023 May 10||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$449|
|2023 May 17||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$749|
|2023 May 24||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$849|
|2023 May 31||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$849|
|2023 Jun 07||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$849|
|2023 Jun 14||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$849|
|2023 Jun 21||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Jun 28||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Jul 05||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Jul 12||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Jul 19||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Jul 26||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Aug 02||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Aug 09||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Aug 16||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$949|
|2023 Aug 23||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$849|
|2023 Aug 30||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$849|
|2023 Sep 06||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$749|
|2023 Sep 13||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$749|
|2023 Sep 20||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Inside Passage||Vancouver||$449|
|2023 Sep 27||56 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego||Vancouver||$7599|
|2023 Oct 02||51 days, round-trip Tales Of The South Pacific||San Diego||$7299|
|2024 Jan 03||94 days, round-trip Grand Australia New Zealand Voyage||San Diego||$17199|
ms Volendam Review
Review of ms Volendam
The 1999-built MS Volendam cruise ship is the 2nd Rotterdam/R-class Holland America liner, with sistership ms Zaandam (fleetmate), and also ms Rotterdam (now Fred Olsen Borealis) and ms Amsterdam (now Fred Olsen Bolette).
History - construction and ownership
Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch cargo and passenger shipping company operating regular Transatlantic crossings between Holland and the Americas. HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million. Among the company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean private island).
When the 1500-passenger ship Volendam (named after the Dutch city Edam-Volendam) debuted in 1999, she had the fleet's highest capacity and the first to have a dedicated Internet center (with 8x satellite-connected computer stations). Going back on the Colonial past of its Dutch roots, HAL has made it a practice during the years to hire Indonesian crew, touting their amiability and efficiency. There had been some solicitude about visa renewals for the Indonesians, but those problems seem to have straightened themselves out. Service staff are mainly Indonesian and Filipino. Most of the officers are European, mainly from Holland. There is one notable difference aboard Volendam, and this is the manner in which the crew members welcome and accommodate cruisers with physical challenges. Careful and genuinely caring, crew members help the passengers in wheelchairs and those with predicament walking when required, and there is never a sense of impatience or rushing. There are thirty wheelchairs onboard for passenger use.
Decks and Cabins
MS Volendam staterooms (716 total, in 26 grades) include 197 Suites, no Balconies, 383 Oceanviews, 21 Lanai, 136 Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 175-255 ft2 / 16-24 m2). Around 30% of all accommodations have step-out balconies. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are 23. The largest accommodations are the Pinnacle Suites (940 ft2 / 87 m2, with terrace sized 190 ft2 / 18 m2).
The boat has 10 passenger decks, of which 5 are with cabins.
Implemented fleetwide in 2019, "Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. Bonus perks by this program include:
- priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations)
- 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations)
- exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes)
- dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours)
- room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs)
- sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing).
- Club Orange Restaurant is part of the Main Dining Room (designed as separate VIP dining section).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Dining options on ms Volendam are plentiful and range from early morning continental breakfast to Indonesian-themed midnight buffet. Apart from regular restaurant service, hungry guests will also find afternoon tea, 24-hour room service and a pizza/hot dog/hamburger/taco/fajita station near the Lido pool (it's self-serve, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Special diets, from diabetic to Kosher and low-carb, are easily accommodated, but advance notice is required. The 2-story Rotterdam Restaurant (ship's Main Dining Room), is located aft and surrounded with windows. It serves open-seating breakfast and lunch and features plenty of small tables for passengers who prefer to dine a deux. MS Rotterdam also provides a 22-dish, vegetarian menu for lunch and dinner, consisting of salads, soups, entrees and appetizers. Options include dishes like Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls, portobello mushroom and chipotle quesadillas, spicy lentil and garbanzo salad.
Follows the complete list of ms Volendam restaurants and food bars.
- Pinnacle Grill (84-seat reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into “An Evening at le Cirque” once per cruise via a partnership with NYC “Le Cirque” French restaurant.
- Rotterdam Restaurant (792-seat, aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options – 2 fixed seatings or “Any Time” dining between 5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- King’s Room (Rotterdam restaurant annexe, reservations-only; for private dining)
- Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
- Lido Restaurant (394-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6:00 a.m. -11 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
- Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annexe; operates as an Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The entertainment on ms Volendam is quite diverse, with nightly shows in the 574-seat, 2-tiered Frans Hals lounge (featuring HAL's Dancing With the Stars at Sea - guests volunteer to be partnered with dancers from ship's production staff and perform during the final show on the last night of sailing). Frans Hals is also the setting for the Marriage Game and a magician show. Instead of Broadway-style production shows, Volendam's dancers and singers put together a series of country and pop song revues. A perennial favourite of Holland America Line is the crew show, featuring folkloric presentations from the countries of these hard workers. Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats.
Follows the complete list of ms Volendam lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
- Promenade Deck, Walking Track (jogging is not permitted)
- Frans Hals Lounge (574-seat theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
- Queen’s Room (34-seat meeting room; hosts digital workshops via Microsoft partnership, computer classes, social networks, blogging, photo editing)
- Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
- Wine Tasting Bar, Gourmet Shops (bottles available for purchasing, wine sampling)
- Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Centre (124-seat cinema; offers culinary classes and cooking shows presented in demonstration kitchens)
- Atrium Terrace with boutiques; Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
- Ocean Bar (104-seat Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
- Casino (served by Casino Bar)
- Piano bar (84-seat)
- Hudson Room (50-seat meeting room; used as Cards Room)
- Explorations Cafe (65-seat speciality coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
- Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (94-seat lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
- Neptune Lounge (22-seat club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
- Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room); 2 jacuzzis
- Greenhouse Spa & Salon; Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar
- Crow’s Nest (220-seat observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
- Tennis Court; Basketball Court; Shuffleboard
- Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
- The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco)
- The Oasis (40-seat teen-only outdoor area).
MS Volendam itinerary program is based on Caribbean voyages out of homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida USA.
Holland America is among the few companies that offer partial Panama Canal cruises that combine popular Caribbean islands with Panama's Gatun Lake. The itinerary's "Panama Canal" segment features passing through the Gatun Locks and sailing in the Gatun Lake.
Next table shows HAL's "Panama Canal Sunfarer" itinerary (11-day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale).
|Date / Time||Port|
|DAY1 (4 pm)||Departing from Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale|
|DAY2 (8 am - 3 pm)||Half Moon Cay, Bahamas|
|DAY4 (1-11 pm)||Oranjestad, Aruba Netherlands Antilles|
|DAY5 (8 am - 11 pm)||Willemstad, Curacao Netherlands Antilles|
|DAY7 (7 am - 1 pm)||Cartagena, Colombia|
|DAY8 (5 am)||Entering Panama Canal for docking at Port Colon (Cristobal Pier)|
|DAY8 (9-10 am)||Cruising the Gatun Lake with land access (limited only to organized shore excursions)|
|DAY8||Cruising the Gatun Lake (no land access)|
|DAY (1 pm)||Exiting Panama Canal for docking at Port Colon (Cristobal Pier)|
|DAY8 (3-8 pm)||Colon, Panama|
|DAY9 (5:30 am - 3 pm)||Puerto Limon/San Jose, Costa Rica|
|DAY11 (7 am)||Arriving in Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale|
Volendam's schedule 2022 was planned to restart in January with the 74-day World Cruise (Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage) leaving roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The ship's 2022 schedule also included itineraries in Europe (Baltic and Mediterranean) leaving, respectively, from homeports Rotterdam (Holland) and Venice (Italy).
However, due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Volendam ship was initially paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru May 2022). "World Cruise 2022" was canceled. Operations were scheduled to restart on May 15, 2022, with Europe-Baltic itineraries (from Rotterdam Holland), followed by a mini-Mediterranean season from Venice Italy (fall), Caribbean and South America voyages (from Fort Lauderdale) and in 2023 - Alaska (7-day from Vancouver BC Canada). However, after HAL chartered Volendam for 5 months (May-September 2022) to serve as a hotel ship for Ukrainian refugees, the ship's restart was postponed for Sept 24th (Holy Land roundtrip from Venice).
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ms Volendam Wiki
Named after Volendam Holland (small town in North Holland), Volendam is HAL-Holland America's 2nd R-class liner, with sisterships Amsterdam (Fred Olsen Bolette), Rotterdam (Fred Olsen Borealis), Zaandam. Ship's Inaugural Cruise/Maiden Voyage was on November 12, 1999. Ship's Godmother was Christine Marie Evert (aka Chris Evert Lloyd ) - 1954-born pro tennis player.
Ship's interior design theme is flowers - fresh flowers and all kinds of floral motifs can be found throughout its public areas (fabrics, tapestries, huge vases) and also in staterooms. In its Atrium area, HAL cruise ship Volendam has a 3-story high multicolored glass sculpture (by L.Vistosi). This HAL ship's art collection includes pre-Columbian artefacts and also authentic Renaissance fountains from Italy.
In late-January 2021, HAL opened for booking three World Cruises leaving roundtrip from Florida USA - two on Zaandam (Africa Voyage 2022 and World Voyage 2022) and one on Volendam (South America and Antarctica 2023).
Early-booking promo bonuses include prepaid gratuities, unlimited luggage delivery (to/from Fort Lauderdale only, Suites-only), welcome gifts (1x bottle of sparkling wine), 1x complimentary shore excursion, Signature Internet Package (4000 minutes pp), in-cabin minibar drinks (4x bottles/suites-only), complimentary laundry-dry cleaning-pressing (Suites-only). Guests who paid in full by June 1st (the voyage's year) also received 3% discount pricing on the fare.
Holland America Volendam 2023 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage
MS Volendam's 74-day Around South America cruise departs on January 3, 2023, roundtrip from Florida USA (Fort Lauderdale). The itinerary visits 16 countries (a total of 34 ports) including in the Caribbean (Caymans, Costa Rica, Panama, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas). Special destinations include the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Falklands UK, Chilean Fjords-Patagonia, Magellan Strait (passage).
The voyage offers 5 overnight port stays - in Panama City (Port Fuerte Amador), Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires (2-nights) and Callao-Lima (2-nights).
Full "Grand South America and Antarctica" early bookings (made by June 1st/2021 or 2022) received up to USD 4070 pp in OBC (onboard credit) ranging from $500 (oceanview cabins) to $1000 (Pinnacle Suite).
Holland America Volendam 2022 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage (canceled)
The next table shows the planned for 2021 "Around South America and Antarctica" itinerary (74-days) leaving roundtrip from Florida USA. However, this voyage was canceled as the ship's pause was extended thru May 2022.
|Date / Time||Port|
|04 Jan 17:00||Departing from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|06 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||George Town, Grand Cayman Island|
|08 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Puerto Limon, Costa Rica|
|09 Jan 05:00 - 05:00||Panama Canal|
|09 Jan 20:00 - 10 Jan 17:00 (overnight)||Panama City, Fuerte Amador|
|12 Jan 05:00 - 20:00||Manta, Ecuador|
|14 Jan 16:00 - 16 Jan 18:00 (overnight)||Callao-Lima, Peru|
|17 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Pisco, Peru|
|20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Coquimbo-La Serena, Chile|
|21 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||San Antonio, Chile|
|23 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile|
|25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Puerto Montt, Chile|
|26 Jan 11:00 - 18:00||Puerto Chacabuco, Chile|
|29 Jan 07:00 - 20:00||Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica|
|30 Jan||Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica|
|31 Jan 06:00 - 20:00||Ushuaia, Argentina|
|07 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Port Stanley, East Falkland Island|
|09 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Puerto Madryn, Argentina|
|11 Feb 08:00 - 15:00||Punta del Este, Uruguay|
|12 Feb 08:00 - 18:00||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|13 Feb 08:00 - 15 Feb 15:00 (overnight)||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|18 Feb 08:00 - 19:00||Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|19 Feb 08:00 - 20 Feb 15:00 (overnight)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|22 Feb 09:00 - 23:00||Salvador de Bahia, Brazil|
|24 Feb 08:00 - 23:00||Recife, Brazil|
|26 Feb 08:00 - 14:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|28 Feb 08:00 - 18:00||Belem, Brazil|
|03 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Santarem, Brazil Amazon|
|04 Mar 08:00 - 14:00||Boca da Valeria, Brazil Amazon|
|05 Mar 10:00 - 06 Mar 17:00 (overnight)||Manaus, Brazil Amazon|
|07 Mar 08:00 - 14:00||Parintins, Brazil Amazon|
|08 Mar 08:00 - 14:00||Santarem, Brazil Amazon|
|11 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Iles du Salut, French Guiana|
|13 Mar 09:00 - 19:00||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|14 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Roseau, Dominica|
|15 Mar 13:00 - 23:00||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|18 Mar 08:00 - 15:00||Half Moon Cay, Bahamas|
|19 Mar 07:00||Arriving in Fort Lauderdale|
Prices started from USD 9600 per person with double occupancy.
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