Noordam Cruise Review by kiwiinbrighton: First cruise and enjoyed it
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First cruise and enjoyed it
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
It was my first cruise and I really enjoyed it. getting on and off the boat was smooth and efficient. Food was excellent at the sit down restaurants. Lido was ok but queues were a problem on occassion. The queue for the fast food at the pool every day was off putting. Entertainment was fine, enjoyed the piano bar guy entertainment, great repetoire. There was almost every night a different entertainer, we did not go every night. Our cabin was an HH on the fourth deck and had an obstructed view, it was fine, lots of room under the bed for luggage, room service for breakfast excellent for those early starts, bed very comfortable, bath and shower fine, lots of room in closets for clothes. TV channels a bit limited but you are on a cruise. Attendants kept the cabin spotless.
So glad we paid for 10 days of entrance to the spa with use of hydropool, sauna and hot rock recliner (great for the back). It cost on special $199 for a couple. The spa staff said that it was limited to 40 More couples. With 1900 people on the ship I was glad on impluse we did it. It is an oasis of calm and under 18s not permitted. The pool was packed with teenagers and the other 1900 passengers it seemed some days. There is also no apparent supervision of the jacuzzi beside the pool.
Did all the shore excursions ourselves except one which was in Tunisia. Glad we did them ourselves. 13 full buses of people and guides were in my view mediocre. For those of you doing the cruise, easy to get to Pisa from Livorno but it is hot. Bus to train station, train to Pisa, walk to tower a half hour, need to book online in advance to go up tower which we did, great views of Pisa. Monte Carlo we just got off the ship and wandered around easy to do. Barcelona we did the taxi to las Rambles for 10 euros for four people, then the hop on hop off bus for 24 euros each. Mallorca was taxi 12 euros to downtown and then a wander around, tapas and taxi back. Palermo we walked and took buses to see the catacombs, easy to do. Naples we went to Pompeii, No 1 tram to train station 5 euros for three people and then I think it was 18 euros return for three to Pompeii, which costs 11 euro entry and is opposite the station. If you have a lot of luggage arrange a transfer in Rome to the airport.
Staff and service on ship were excellent. Would definitely do a cruise again, apologies for doing a review here but not willing to risk cruise critic again! One last thing although we did all the ports and excursions independently, it was very hot and tiring so be warned take lots of water, hat and put on sun tan lotion. Less
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