Noordam Cruise Review by searanch queen: Thanksgiving in the Caribbean
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Thanksgiving in the Caribbean
Just back from a 10 day voyage aboard the ms Noordam. The ship went from Ft. Lauderdale and back. We had stops in Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, and the ABC Islands with 3 sea days. Over all my husband and I were pleased with the ship. We think the Holland ships are classy. Not to start off with a negative....BUT, the one negative we found (and we knew this going in) was people smoking. Our next door neighbors were 4 ladies that at all hours of the night and day had someone smoking and coughing on their balcony. We went with a SA just so that we could have a large balcony. Well, in that regard, our money was waisted because all we could do was look out the window.
Now, back to the ship. It was kept very clean, a little worn in spots, but clean. It is not a brand new ship, so we were not expecting everything to LOOK brand new. Our Captain was Robert Jan Kan, very nice guy, not a big talker but loves to be ahead of schedule and that's OK with us! We were only late More leaving one port and that's because they had a tender problem, otherwise we left port early and arrived early.
Food was good and plenty of it. We ate in the Vista dining room on Thanksgiving and was very surprised with our dinner (I heard talk of processed turkey) our turkey tasted like it was cooked at home and we had all the trimming to boot. We ate in the Pinnacle Grill for breakfast for 8 mornings and twice for dinner and once for lunch. Every meal was great, food and service!!!
The staff could not have been nicer. Never did we pass someone in the hall without a friendly hello. Can't say much about the entertainment, did not go to any shows but did enjoy the music aboard. The Adagio Strings, Liz and the HAL cats, Bill Forrest at the piano and Guitarist Johnny Champagne.
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but will never go on HAL again as long as they allow balcony smoking. Less
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Cabin review: Noordam Deluxe Verandah Suite Rotterdam 7070
Had SA 7070. Great layout with lots of storage. It was just a few steps away from the mid ship stairs and elevators so easy to get anywhere on the ship. Had an extra shower but was not useful, too small (and we both are average size) it had no place to hang a towel or cloth. The balcony was a very nice size just could not enjoy it because of the 4 smokers next door.