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Noordam Cruise Review by toro1946

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Member Name: toro1946
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category: VA
Cabin Number: 4176
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 1.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Noordam Caribbean 2012
The NOORDAM is a beautiful ship over-all. Decorated with cool color tones and stylish comfortable furnishings in the public areas from one end to the other!

I had a perfect Sunset Verandah Cabin 4176 which is somewhat larger than the others in the VA Category. I loved being on 4 Deck Aft, for me lower was better as on entering the cabin the wake of the ship was in eyeshot. We had a table for two, number 315 which was in the center/upper level in a circular area with only 4 other tables for two. Perfect location, however the service was a disaster and the officious attention from the Maitre 'D's was annoying as we got tired of hearing "tomorrow it will be better". It never did!! The size of the portions are insulting, their so called "Crab Tower" was the size of a 25 cent coin, centered on a dinner sized plate!! Not in the habit of odering more than 2 courses, we left the dining room hungry! For most of the cruise we ate in the Italian Canolleto Restauarnt for dinner. Glen the Maitre 'D was flawless as was the quality and quantity of the food served. The service from the staff was impeccable, always with a smile and in excellent humor! Breakfast in the dining room was perfect, the best Eggs Benedict I have had, and the "English Bangers" a fantastic surprise. The variety of foods available at the LIDO BUFFET was fantastic, especially enjoying the sandwhices of the day. Room service was quick, however you had to order at least two of everything if you wanted to see something on your plate. An order of smoked salmon was the size of a tiny shrimp, with insufficient cream chesse to cover half a bagel!!

There were a couple of odd occurances like being asked to leave the bar one evening at 8PM as they were moving furniture to set up a Chocolate Dessert Table, ignoring the fact that the passengers had not finished their cocktails!!

On the last sea day, suddenly at 2PM while everyone was enjoying the AFT POOL, they put up a volley ball net down the center of the pool, expecting everyone to get out, and started to blast "disco" music. This was a dedicated "adult only" area, and most were very annoyed that this occurred!! These things were outrageous and unnecessary. The "shows" were very poor compared to most cruises, although for myself not an issue.

Despite the disappointments which all surround "food" issues I would choose to sail Holland America again!

Publication Date: 01/28/12
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