Noordam Cruise Review by collinsmom4301: Another great cruise
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Another great cruise
My husband and I are in our early 40's and have taken 11 cruises. We took this exact cruise in March 2012 and loved it so much we booked it again in December. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before the cruise and stayed at the Comfort Inn airport and cruise. This hotel provided free transportation from the airport and to the pier. This is the only positive thing about this hotel. I wouldn't recommend it.
We arrived at the pier around 1030. Our check in took 15 mins but were weren't allowed to actually board the ship until 1130. There was adequate sitting room while we were waiting to board the ship but the waiting area was a bit warm.
We booked a balcony room (VH) but were upgraded to a VA room on the 8th floor. The room was well maintained with the exception of the leaky water valve on the deck that caused a steady water trail. The room had adequate storage space and modern decor. Our cabin steward's were great. They were friendly, prompt, and did a great job of More maintaining our room.
The food was good. The variety seemed a little less than we cruised in December. The fruit in the Lido was not very good. It was over ripe. The desserts were lacking as on all the ships we have cruised on. The staff in the Lido was friendly and helpful if we needed anything. The Lido was never overly crowded. The dining room staff was all friendly but there were areas of the dining room where service was very slow.
Disembarkment was easy as we booked a shore excursion before our plane left.
We would recommend this ship, cruise line and the ports.
The activities on the ship were lacking which made the days at sea long. The entertainment was good. The Vegas style shows were good and the comedian was the best we have ever seen.
The Pinnacle grill was fabulous. The food was exceptional with good variety. The staff was very attentive and accurate. This was well worth the extra fee.
All the staff on the ship were friendly and helpful. The remembered us by name. Less
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Cabin review: Noordam Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Upper Promenade 8022
This room is located in the front of the ship. It was great being only 1 floor down from the Lido but was quite the journey to the dining room. The room is located directly below the spa and we would ocassionally hear noise from it. We also would occassionally hear the elevator ding as it arrived or dropped off cruisers. We were able to maintain a good room temperature that was dfficult when we were in a aft room on the same ship in March.