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Post Last Modified – October 31, 2023 ¦ gr8traveltips.com

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Holland America Alaska Cruise Line – Volendam

After many years of wanting to do an Alaska Cruise departing from Vancouver BC, we finally made it happen in September 2023. We selected a …

🌺 Holland America Alaska Cruise, 🌺

choosing their 7 day cruise onboard the Volendam.

Holland America Line Celebrating 150 Years

Holland America We Love Alaska
In 2023, Holland America Line celebrated an astounding 150 years sailing the high seas. As part of their anniversary celebration, they offered an excellent deal with incentives on their Alaska Cruise and others.

Sailing 150 Years

It was an anniversary special just too good to pass up and even our family members joined us as well.

Living on {Vancouver Island} in British Columbia, Canada 🍁 for years, we would watch the cruise ships sailing by each season coming to and from Alaska.

It was about time we finally booked a voyage to Alaska!

About The Volendam

Volendam Holland America Alaska Cruise

Volendam III, was launched back in 1999. This smaller cruise ship was then refurbished in 2019.

R Class | 1,432 Guests | 781 feet long | 105.8 feet wide | Flag – Netherlands | Crew 587
Years in Service: 1999 – present

Volendam is the perfect ship for mature travellers, including couples, singles, and friends, who are seeking a traditional cruise experience with personal service.



Volendam – 7 Day Alaskan Inside Passage

Vancouver BC Harbour

Our seven day voyage departed and returned to Vancouver, BC. Stops on our itinerary included;

Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan

We chose to sail at the end of August into the first week of September.

Wednesday, August 30 Vancouver, BC, Canada 4:00pm
Thursday, August 31 Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)
Friday, September 1 Tracy Arm (Twin Sawyer Glaciers), AK (Cruising)
Friday, September 1 Juneau, AK 1:00pm 10:00pm
Saturday, September 2 Skagway, AK 7:00am 8:00pm
Sunday, September 3 Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, AK (Cruising)
Monday, September 4 Ketchikan, AK 11:00am 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 5 Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)
Wednesday, September 6 Vancouver, BC, Canada 7:00am

We were aware the weather would be turning at this time of year in Alaska, with cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain showers more frequent. We dressed accordingly for the cooler weather and the possibility of rain.



Holland America Alaska Cruise – Review

Vancouver Canada Harbour
Vancouver BC, Canada Harbour

Of all the cruises we’ve taken over the years, we’ve never experienced a more organized check in, then that of at the {Cruise Ship Terminal} in downtown Vancouver.

Prior to arriving, we were given a check in time via 📧 email and on the Holland America 📱 cell phone App. Our check in was at 1:20 pm for a departure time of 4 pm. It’s as if everyone was already checked in and we breezed through the check in process and 🛂 U.S. Customs lines with no waits at all. My wife and I also have {Nexus} customs clearance cards and we cleared customs in minutes.

Our 🧳 bags were dropped off after checking in, and would be delivered to our cabin by the ships attendants.

Lido Market

LIDO MARKET Buffet

Soon after boarding the ship and checking out our assigned cabin, we made our way to the Lido Market Buffet for lunch.

This is the main buffet restaurant on the Volendam and we enjoyed many great meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Certain parts of the buffet are also open for those wishing a late night snack.

You will certainly never go hungry on this ship, day or night!



Departing The Port Of Vancouver

Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver BC

Our departure time was 4 pm and it was a beautiful afternoon leaving the Port of Vancouver. As we do live in this part of the world, it was very cool leaving the harbour and sailing under the {🦁 Lions Gate Bridge 🦁} and alongside the city’s beautiful Stanley Park.

We would also be sailing alongside {Vancouver Island}, where we make our home here in 🍁 British Columbia. After enjoying the view from the outside upper deck and as the sun was setting, it was time to return our cabin and enjoy our first dinner in the main dining room.

Partially Obstructed Outside Cabin – Lower Promenade Deck

Volendam Outside Cabin

We selected a stateroom on this deck and were quite pleased with the overall size and layout. Our cabin was the very last one, located at the stern of the ship.

Volendam Outside Cabin Area

We found it very convenient and quiet in this part of the ship. We also had direct access to the outside walk around deck, which was located on the lower promenade.

Volendam Cabin Bath

It made for easy access outside, to enjoy leisurely 🚶 walks around the entire ship. The views throughout the voyage were amazing!

Holland America Alaska Cruise

Our other family members’ cabin was just a few doors down, having chosen a comfortable inside stateroom. Both staterooms were very well appointed and kept very clean at all times.

Our assigned attendants entered our cabin a few times each day, keeping our stateroom immaculate.

Stateroom Amenities

Daily housekeeping;
Complimentary 24-hour room service;
Elemis Aromapure soap, lotion, shampoo;
Luxurious bathrobes;
Hair dryers, makeup mirrors;
Generous storage;
Fresh fruit upon request;
Safe;
Ice service;
Shoeshine;
TV with On Demand movies, programming.



Volendam – Dining

Volendam Main Dining Room

You do have a variety of dining options while sailing on the Volendam.

From the great selection in the main buffet for; breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snacks, to the main dining room for more relaxed served meals, the decision when and where to dine is yours.

Below, is just a sample of some of the wonderful dishes we were served in the main dining room for dinner.

Volendam Dining Entree SelectionVolendam Dining Entree Choice
Volendam Dining EntreeVolendam Dining Vegetarian Entree

For the most part, we chose the buffet for our breakfast and lunches. My wife and I did enjoy breakfast in the main dining room on a few occasions, during the mornings we were sailing.

For the most part, we chose the buffet for our breakfast and lunches. My wife and I did enjoy breakfast in the main dining room on a few occasions, during the mornings we were sailing.

Eggs Benedict

The eggs benedict in the main dining room for breakfast, was outstanding!

There are no reservations required for the main dining room. In the evening hours for dinner, you simply check in and you are handed a call monitor, informing you when your table is ready.

Holland America Alaska Cruise Game Room

We never had to wait for more than 15-20 minutes each evening and went up to the games room while waiting. 🙂

Volendam Games Room

Dive-In Poolside Culinary Classics

One other option to the day is casual dining at the Dive–In buffet and eatery. Here, you can enjoy superb classic burgers, hotdogs, fries and much more.

Dive-In Gourmet Burgers & Fries

We enjoyed dining here on a number of occasions for lunch and late afternoon snacks, as everything was freshly prepared and delicious!

Holland America Volendam Main Pool

There’s excellent poolside seating alongside the large view windows. You can also bring your meals from the buffet to this open area as well, if you prefer.

There is also a pool cocktail bar located in this area open throughout the day and evening.

Pinnacle Grill Restaurant Volendam

You also have a choice of 2 excellent specialty restaurants for dinner as well. Unless included in your cruise package, these restaurants are an additional charge for guests wishing to dine at.

World Stage

Of course, one of the main attractions onboard ship for cruisers, is the live theatre presentations each day and evening.

From excellent daytime informative lectures and videos to live evening performances, we enjoyed numerous talks and live entertainment throughout the entire voyage.

Our cruise director spoke on numerous occasions along with invited guests, on various very interesting and informative topics, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Fitness Room and Spa

Onboard, there’s an excellent very large fitness room, complete with up to date equipment for a complete workout.

As well and located beside the fitness area, is a full facility health spa, offering a variety of services at an additional charge.

Cocktail Bars & Live Entertainment

Ocean Bar Volendam

In addition to the world stage, guests can enjoy live entertainment at the ship’s main cocktail bars each evening.

Casino Open 24 Hours

There’s a full casino onboard for guests also to enjoy day and night. As well as an additional adjoining cocktail bar, featuring nightly live entertainers.

Volendam Cruise Ship Casino

Crow’s Nest Lounge

A favorite among ship’s guests, was the top deck forward Crow’s Nest Lounge.

Volendam Crow's Nest Top Deck Lounge

Located at the bow of the ship, this is a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or specialty coffee and soak up the beautiful view ahead day or night.

Volendam Crow's Nest Lounge

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Our family had a wonderful time on this 7 day Alaska cruise. The weather was to be expected, cool with some rain. However, our morning cruising up through 🏞 Glacier Bay National Park, was absolutely beautiful!

If you haven’t yet experienced an Alaska Cruise and have always thought about it, like we did for so many years, then just do it. You will not be disappointed. The scenery along the entire route is stunning!

Holland America Alaska Cruise Ship Volendam



Be sure drop by often, as I prepare and post more information and photos of our exciting tour excursions taken on our cruise.

This includes;

Mendenhall Glacier and Goldbelt Tram in Juneau;

White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad Journey in Skagway;

Beautiful Glacier Bay National Park & Reserve;

Photos of Ketchikan, Alaska.

We were all glad we finally, after all these years, sailed to Alaska. The service on Holland America Line was excellent. From our ever so tidy stateroom, dining, entertainment and shore excursions, it was all superb!

If you’re planning a trip to Alaska, whether by cruise ship, road trip or flying, I’ve included a link to the official Alaska Tourism website below for your convenience. A great resource for planning that perfect vacation.

🦅 Travel Alaska 🦅

🗺 Be sure to check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for Alaska’s exact location. 🗺

Footnote

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