Holland America’s 1999-built Volendam, docked at Canada Place in Vancouver. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

When I toured Holland America Line’s 781-foot long, 1,432-guest Volendam in the port of Vancouver, it was a grey, cold, and uninspiring day in the month that was quickly becoming famous locally as “Juneuary” for its unseasonable weather. But stepping across the tide-sensing gangway and into the warmth of the Volendam, I discovered a bright and vibrant world carefully nestled within this popular Holland America ship.

The Builder’s Plaque, from Italian shipyard Fincantieri, is located on the starboard side of Volendam’s promenade deck. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

A direct sister-ship to the 2000-built Zaandam and a near-sister to the Amsterdam and Rotterdam, getting around Volendam will pose no issues for guests who are familiar with Holland America’s midsized fleet of comfortable, navy blue-hulled “dam” ships.

Without further ado, let’s start from the top and work our way down this magnificent, 1999-built cruise ship and discovery why she’s a constant favorite on the Alaskan summer runs!

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