Life on board
Half Moon Cay - Bahamas
Georgetown - Gr, Cayman
Costa Maya - Mexico
Cozumel - Mexico
Veracruz - Mexico
Ft Lauderdale (disembark)
The Ship - Volendam
The ms Volendam. Guest capacity: 1440. Crew: 647. Built in 1999. Length: 780 feet (238 meters). Width: 106 feet (32 meters). Max. Speed: 23 knots (42.5 km/h).
Holland America Line began its history in 1872 as the "Nederlandsche - Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij", the Dutch-American Steamboat Company. All their ships are still registered in the Netherlands.
This cruise we have sailed for 3199 nautical miles (5918 kilometers).
Coming back from our shore excursion in Cozumel we found another ship docked along the other side of the pier. It's like walking between two large 10-story buildings.
This is the Lido pool, seen from the Sports deck, 1 deck higher than the Lido Deck.
Another view of the Lido pool. The pool has a roof that can be opened and closed, depending on the weather.
The roof is partially opened here. Because there are side windows, this pool is a rather sheltered place.
In the evening the Lido deck is beautifully illuminated.
This is the second pool on the Lido deck, the "outside pool". Here you can enjoy the sun and the wind…
The sky deck, or observation deck. This is the highes place on the ship for passengers to be reached.
A view on the deck of the ship's bow. It's forbidden to come here as a passenger because of the anchor chains and other equipment. So it's not possible to replay the famous scene from the movie "Titanic" on the ship's prow.
Our stateroom. This is a verandah suite, with a verandah of course.
The staterooms are smaller than the average hotel room, but efficiently furnished as you can see. Everything you need is in place.
A view from our verandah on deck 6, the "Verandah deck". Down there they are preparing the gangway and the red carpet, as a welcome to the passengers, since we just arrived at Costa Maya.
One of the corridors. On the left and right hand side there are all staterooms. It's a loooong corridor, let's say about 200 meters (600 feet)
There's much art on the ship. A part of it will be sold by auction during the cruise.
When a ship docks or tenders at a specific port for the first time, it's called an inaugural visit. This is celebrated by giving an inaugural plate to the captain by the local authorities as a remembrance to this visit. On this plate there's always the date, the place visited, and a welcome text with some autographs. This is a wall near the shops where all the inaugural plates of the past years are presented.
A view from the inside on one of the ship's tenders.
We're now looking at the sports deck. You can see the moving roof of the lido deck well now.
The badminton court on the Sports deck. You can also play petanque, mini tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard.
The ship's chimney or funnel, seen from the Sports deck.
A photo of another cruise ship, sailing for the next destination. The photo has been taken with the lens open for a few seconds, and now the ship looks more and more like a floating city, with all those lights.