Noordam Cruise Review by bobpell: Second time as good as the first
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Second time as good as the first
Itinerary was Half Moon Cay, Turks, Samana, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
Wind too strong at Half Moon so we moved on to Turks. Docking was on the starboard side but those with cabins on the port side got the best view of the beach and the island itself.
The port duty free stores were right at the end of the dock and included a Margaritaville restaurant/pool/bar area serving way way overpriced drinks. free wifi here though.
Beautiful free beach and loungers within 100 yds. of the ship
HA allows passengers to bring aboard bottles of wine for their own consumption. Buy some as the bottles offered on board are triple the price offered than those at the end of the dock.
Moved through the night to Samana
Tenders moved passengers to shore during intermittent showers and high humidity.
we choose to relax on board as the reviews on shore excursions were depressing. Another night sail followed.
A slow southward sail to Bonaire amid rising temperatures ( More 24-28C)melted away any stress we both had. Docked on port side
Bonaire the first of the ABC islands or the Dutch Antilles had no stores at the end of the dock but both indoor and flea market stalls were within walking distance. Free wifi downtown at Lily's ice cream shop. Wine cheap downtown. Took HA sponsored 4x4 tour here. Not worth the time or money unless you want to see, garbage, litter, beer bottles and beaches plastered with plastic flotsam of every shape and size
Short night sail to Curacao with docking on port side.
Beautiful port with shops within walking distance. Free wifi at Edy's ice cream shop in the nearby fort. Follow your crew members with their laptops, they know where the wifi hotspots are.
Aruba next, another beautiful port with docking on the port side. starboard cabins look off shore. Dock shops 30 ft from gangway with more expensive shops downtown. (approx 500 yd. walk) Free wifi in the Renaissance Mall
Two day sail back to Fort Lauderdale with a short interruption to rescue 2 small fishing boats off the coast of Cuba. They were separated from their mother ship at dusk and were pointed in the right direction by our helpful Captain and crew.
My wife and I took the 4 hour tour of the Noordam hosted by the Marketing Manager along with 9 other intrepid souls. Well worth doing once in your cruising life. Visited the engine control room of the ship, the back stage in the Vista Lounge and the bridge too.Food lockers waste collection area and the laundry were also included.
Entertainment each night was packed.
Some shows were the same as last year prompting us to look at another HA ship for next year's trip.
Want to relax and enjoy quality time with your significant other try a 10 day trip on this ship. You will smile too Less
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