Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Volendam The Volendam in Otaru, Japan following our transpacific voyage
M/S Volendam vital statistics Company: Holland America Line Home Port: Rotterdam, Netherlands Gross Tonnage: 61,000 tons Cruising Speed: 23.5 knots Passenger Capacity: 1,324 Passenger Decks: 9 Built: 1999 Voyages sailed on this ship: Transpacific
At the time of writing (2013) we’ve only done one cruise with Holland America Line but we’d certainly go with them again if the itinerary was to our liking. In September 2009, we joined the Volendam in Seattle, and spent nine full days and nights at sea crossing the Pacific from the USA to Japan.  We found the north Pacific to be misnamed; several times we experienced high winds coming down from Alaska of Force 8 - 10 as well as waves up to 12 feet high.  It was quite disconcerting to hear a loud bang as a particularly large wave crashed against our portholes in the middle of the night!
Read my review of the Volendam on cruisecritic.co.uk.
Cabin 2501 on the Volendam Franz Haal showlounge on board the Volendam Lido bar and pool, M/S Volendam
Cabin 2501, our ‘home’ during our 2009 voyage across the Pacific.  We were right at the front of the ship which afforded us some extra room, due to the bathroom space being outside the cabin rather than taking up some of the inside.
The Franz Haal show lounge, where we would attend talks and presentations during the day, and watch the cabaret at night.  I even appeared on this very stage myself, where I came second in the ship’s version of the X-factor.   :-)
The lido bar and pool area, on the main pool deck with retractable roof.  There was also a daily nachos stand.  We spent a lot of time here during the nine-day Pacific crossing, whiling away the time with bottles of cold Budweiser and chatting with the bar waiters, who came to know us quite well!  ;-)