Tuesday, 26 July 2011

About ms Volendam

Volendam docked in Sydney
Our cruise came to an end in Sydney, Australia. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing, interesting, calm seas and blue skies voyage, our second cruise on the 'Volendam'. Previously we had sailed on her from Sydney to Singapore.
  Over the 14 days on the New Zealand and Australia itinerary, we travelled 3,214 nautical miles at an average cruising speed of 16.7 knots. We visited 10 ports of call and had 5 sea days. On this cruise she carried 1342 guests and 598 crew.
   'MS Volendam' is registered in the Netherlands. Her maiden voyage was in 1999 with a refurbishment carried out in 2005. After our cruise the 'Volendam' was sailing on to Singapore to go into dry dock for 2 weeks. All staterooms would be redecorated during this time and cabin furniture reupholstered.
Porcelain tulip vase on Volendam
Italian artwork on Volendam
    A feature of the ship is its floral theme. Huge flower arrangements brighten the public areas. There are paintings and sculptures of flowers as well as floral-themed fabrics.
    The 'Volendam' also has an million dollar-plus art collection. Ranging from Inca statues to Oriental jade sculptures to enormous Italian 'head' wall plaques, the art adds a great element of interest to the decor of the ship. I enjoyed doing an audio tour of the collection.
    The ship is elegant and, being mid-size with extra large public areas, it never feels crowded. Just the thing for a relaxing holiday.

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