Holland America Line’s ms Volendam is our home during the Inside Passage leg of two of our most well-liked tours: Alaska & the Inside Passage Cruise and Alaska & Glacier Bay Cruise. While guests look forward to a number of outstanding attractions on the mainland, we thought we would shed some light on what life is like during those days you’re cruising North America’s Pacific Coast.
The Inside Passage is the island-speckled waterway that makes up all of southeast Alaska, running alongside Canada’s British Columbia. These coastal islands and mountains rise steeply out of the ocean and are covered in dense forests. These dramatic landscapes also create a remarkably peaceful cruise experience because those islands protect the ship from the kinds of waves, wind, and weather you may expect from a cruise in the open ocean.
The ms Volendam is a midsized vessel that cruisecritic.com calls “the perfect ‘Goldilocks ship’ – big enough to offer plenty of activities and enrichment, but not so big that you get lost in the crowd.” At almost 800 feet long and a guest capacity of less than 1450, we enthusiastically agree. With very low guest-to-staff ratios, Holland America Line is known for its extraordinary guest service. Set to the theme of flowers, the ms Volendam’s interior is decorated in floral tapestries and arranged floral displays in vases throughout the ship’s staterooms and public areas.
Enjoy fabulous dining featuring regional specialties in five venues. Guests may join their Tour Director in the Rotterdam Dining Room for dinner each night. While other cruises offer pre-set seating and dining times, Holland America Line’s “As You Wish” dining program provides a completely flexible dining schedule and free room service available 24 hours a day. All meals are included aboard ship!
Each Inside Passage Cruise on our Alaska tours includes an Oceanview Stateroom. It features two beds (convertible to a queen-size bed if you prefer), bathtub, shower, and a picture window. We don’t think you’ll be spending much time in the Staterooms though, because …
Every day look forward to a variety of concerts, films, stage productions, and educational opportunities. Want to get a start on your post-tour video or photo collage for friends and family? Join the Digital Workshop. You may relax at the Greenhouse Spa, shop the onboard stores, exercise at the fitness center, or play in the basketball or tennis courts. Or just relax – get out and walk the decks and marvel at the landscape or stay in and sip wine at one of the many lounges.
As we cruise the Inside Passage we have a chance to get off the ship and explore fascinating communities along North America’s Pacific Coast. Guests on our Alaska & Glacier Bay Cruise have a chance to visit Ketchikan, nicknamed the Salmon Capital of the World, and explore quaint shops on the main drag. Juneau, a port of call on our Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise, gives us a chance to see Alaska’s remote capital. And in Skagway, known as the “Gateway to the Klondike,” there is time to explore the historic downtown which gives you a real sense of what the town was like during the gold rush.