MS Volendam, by Holland America Line, celebrated its maiden voyage in 1999 and was completely refurbished in late 2017. This is an old-style cruise ship, ideal for those who want to experience the romance and glamor of the golden age of cruise holidays. Volendam doesn’t focus on all-ages excitement and entertainment, as it’s aimed at a more mature audience and a sophisticated, relaxed experience at sea.
Journeys of mostly 14 to 28-nights are typical, to explore a number of exotic Asian destinations including Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Volendam docks in major centers of modernity like Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong, but also visits quieter locations like Japan's beautiful Okinawa Island. Passenger’s have the opportunity to explore Beijing's Forbidden City and take cooking classes in Nha Trang, Vietnam, among an array of shore excursions.
Up to 1,432 passengers can sail on the ship at full capacity, attended to by a crew of 615. There are 385 outside cabins, 134 inside cabins and 197 suites and 22 of them are wheelchair-accessible. Following the recent refurbishment, all cabins have new soft furnishings, and now feature USB ports and interactive TVs. All cabins feature a safe, hairdryer and roomy closets. Among other amenities, suites offer whirlpool tubs and Bose Bluetooth speakers.
The Volendam offers guests the chance to learn about the culture of the countries on the itinerary, with lectures on local art, history, food and culture. It also has two pools, a casino, spa and beauty salon. Each cruise features a special show celebrating the heritage of the multinational crew, for a truly cultural experience.