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When launched in 1999, Volendam, at around 61,000 tons and carrying 1,432 passengers, was the largest capacity ship in the Holland America fleet. Since then, the ship has been extensively modernised. More recent features include Explorations Café - which is equipped with 10 computers as well as a library and games area - improved children’s and teenagers’ spaces, and modern amenities in stateroom such as flat screen TVs and DVD players. A 2014 refit saw the addition of new Lanai staterooms and the Mix, comprising of three bars.

In terms of size, Volendam cruise ship has been superseded by the newer mega-ships, but it has style and comfort to match any HAL cruise ship. It has a garden theme that is seen throughout its beautifully decorated staterooms and spacious, elegant public rooms. Everywhere there are huge displays of fresh tropical flowers, combined with floral tapestries, fabrics and motifs that artfully enhance its sleek and comfortable modern interiors. HAL’s extensive collection of artwork is well represented throughout the ship, with everything from intimate pre-Columbian pieces to grand Italian Renaissance fountains adding that extra sense of luxury and style, culminating in the huge centrepiece sculpture by the modern artist, Luciano Vistosi, which is the focal point of the ship’s atrium.

Volendam sails the South Pacific, visiting Australia and New Zealand, or the countries of South East Asia. Holland America Line has always drawn many of its crew, its waiters and cabin stewards from the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia, or from the Philippines, who make a great contribution to the friendly atmosphere aboard ship.

The main Rotterdam Dining Room offers a five-course menu in spacious elegance, light and airy by day and sumptuously luxurious by night, with ornate chandeliers and a high ceiling that glitters with stars. Although large, this is also the perfect setting for an intimate lunch or evening meal, with plenty of small tables for two.

The Lido Market is popular for casual meals, a leisurely breakfast, with a wide choice from a Full English to a made-to-order omelette, or a relaxed lunch. In the evenings, the Lido serves the same menu as the Rotterdam and also houses in one section the Canaletto Restaurant, which offers an Italian menu.

At the Pinnacle Grill, you can enjoy an intimate meal from an extensive steakhouse or seafood menu, which includes a range of superb desserts. 

Volendam has a diverse choice of entertainment. The ship’s dancers and singers perform a series of revues built around a selection of pop songs and country music. Big favourites are the crew shows, where crew members put on presentations based around their native cultures. 

The ship’s activities programme offers a wide choice of activities, whether you want to get fit, attend a cookery demonstration, get hands-on with a professional chef, take part in a wine-tasting, an art discussion or auction, or brush up on your computer skills. There are presentations on a range of subjects in anticipation of Volendam’s various shore excursions.

The ship now has even more options when it comes to daytime entertainment, thanks to the introduction of EXC (Explorations Central). Guests have the opportunity to more thoroughly immerse themselves in the places on their itinerary, by attending cultural classes, taking part in destination-focused group discussions, exploring the extensive library, and embracing the many other new features.

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