I've seen a few people ask this kind of question before. Pardon my ignorance, but why would it matter who these people were on the Volendam in early-middle January? They may not be on the Volendam now or anytime in the near future anyway.
Do some people have nothing better to do than keep track of who is where and when on these ships and does it matter anyway? When you book a cruise there is no guarantee who will be the officers on it when you sail anyway, no matter who is on it now or who was on it a month ago?
We are taking our first cruise ever on the Volendam 6/29-7/7/05 (Alaska-Inside Passage). I was wondering how the ship is as far as service, food, accomodations, public areas. I've read good and bad things. My husband thinks extra $ for the Pinnacle Grill isn't worth it. Waht does the Pinnacle Grill have that the main dining room doesn't serve? Any info would be helpful.
Joanne - We have always found the service, food, atmosphere on Volendam to be outstanding. She's a "happy ship" reflected in her Officers/Staff/Crew. Accommodations, like all HAL ships, are spacious, tastefully decorated and immaculately clean.
Some people simply don't like the idea of spending $$ for an alternative dining experience. I, for one, love the Pinnacle Grill and find the charge a bargain compared to shoreside fine restaurants. The Pinnacle Grill has its own galley/equipment and its own provisions. It offers special cuts of beef that the Rotterdam Dining Room does not have, special appetizers, special side dishes, special desserts. The cuisine is outstanding, and if you choose to dine there on embarkation night, the cost is $10 per person instead of $20.
Does anyone know if Dottie is still on the Volendam? I took my first cruise back in 1997 on the Norwegian Crown and she was the cruise director. I have cruised 7 times since then and have not seen a cruise director who can top her.