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Volendam.....January, 2005

Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by sail7seas, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Does anyone who was on Volendam early to mid January remember who was the Guest Relations Manager?
    How about Cruise Director?

    Thank you if you can help.
  2. Judi

    Judi Guest

    The Cruise Director was Dottie Kulesa (sp?)

    I don't remember the Guest Relations Manager, but I probably have it somewhere at home.
  3. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Thank you. Would you mind seeing if you have the info when you get home?
  4. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    Guest Relations Manager Frances Tolentino
  5. Judi

    Judi Guest

    Cruise Director was Dorothy Kulasa...corrected spelling.

    Thanks, Bruce! :thumb
  6. billybob

    billybob Guest

    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?

    So why go to such lengths to find out?
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    Dear Mr. billybob,

    As one Southern gentleman to another.......... &%@# #!!

    Southern rules of engagement require your ignorance to be excused.
  8. JOHN(NJ)

    JOHN(NJ) Guest

    I was wondering who was validating excuses this week................................................
  9. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Thank you for your help.
  10. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest


    Thank you for replying much more diplomatically than I might have done!
  11. JoanneF

    JoanneF Guest

    Re: Volendam questions

    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.
  12. JOHN(NJ)

    JOHN(NJ) Guest

    I hate when I go back and look at threads where posts have been deleted and then my post doesn't make any sense...........
    I know it sounded good at the time.........
  13. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest

    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.

    Enjoy your cruise!
  14. Judi

    Judi Guest


    We love the Volendam and we love the Pinnacle Grill.

    We always eat in the Pinnacle at least two, if not more nights each cruise! :thumb :thumb :thumb
  15. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Every HAL ship we cruise, we always enjoy dinner in Pinnacle.

    Even on aseven day ers (back-to-backs), we often go at least twice for each segment.

    We've enjoyed dinner in Pinnacles (many times) on Maasdam, Rotterdam, Zuiderdam and Veendam and they have all been a treat and very much worth more than $20 pp IMO

    A comparable dinner served at a shoreside restaurant with the same level of service has cost us $100 pp (when including the price of our wine.)

    Give it a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.
  16. wayneair

    wayneair Guest

    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.
  17. LUV2Cruz2

    LUV2Cruz2 Guest

    I love Dottie...she's from my hometown. We call her the "hometown girl who made good"!! LOL Her husband's a very good comedian too.
  18. peaches

    peaches Guest

    In case anyone still has this question, no, Dottie is not the CD on the Vol at this time. Doug Dunnell is. They made a number of staff changes 2-3 weeks ago, though I have no idea when Dottie left.
  19. wayneair

    wayneair Guest

    And Doug needs to go back for Cruise Director training. Dottie is a tuff act to follow.

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