First the wedding review:
I picked this cruise based on the wedding packages offered and the itinerary sounded amazing! The company that works with HAL, Royal Ocean Events, is great! Tonia helped me plan the details, answered all my questions and was quick to respond when i needed anything. The wedding was perfect, exactly what we were hoping for! We were married on the ship in the captains corner on embarkation day with 7 non-sailing guests attending. Keith and Barbara were the coordinators/officiant and there were very professional and kept us informed and on schedule. I had my hair and makeup done onboard in the spa and it was perfect!You will for sure get the red carpet treatment when getting married on the boat! We had the ships photographer for about an hour and she did an amazing job, so many great pics to choose from, and reasonable when it came down to purchasing the package we wanted. Overall, couldnt have asked for more for our wedding day we were both very impressed and extremely satisfied!
The Noordam is a really nice boat, very clean, there is always guys cleaning the nooks and crannys around the boat. Our balcony stateroom seemed a tad smaller than our balcony room on CCL, but the bathroom was bigger, or at least seemed bigger, with the bathtub!! The pool chairs could be replaced, the backs always popped up when you would sit and was kind of annoying but that didnt stop us from going to the pool every day!
Drinks were verrry good!! and you cannot beat the drink specials. I guess the older crowd on this boat is not the partying type so it takes a happy hour special to sell booze, but we took full advantage of that. the bar/waitstaff was hit and miss with personality, not as fun and outgoing as on other cruises we have been on.
Food was really good, we went to the Pinnacle Grill on the wedding night and had filet mignon and prawns, very yummy! It was a looong dinner but it was worth the wait for the special occasion. Went to Canaletto one night, also very good, best balsamic vinegar i have had yum yum, service was friendly and very quick. Went to dining room twice, we had open seating, it was good too, if you go a little later the place is pretty much cleared out, so no wait!
We do like to get dressed up for dinner but hubby didnt like the "coat" rule on formal nights so we avoided it then. We could have eaten at the buffet every night as it was verry good as well! Good pasta/pizza station for dinner, and we had pretty much all the other meals in the lido we were satisfied as well.
Overall, it was a very nice cruise, really great ports, our first HA cruise. I heard this is an older aged group cruise line and they arent kidding!! We were possibly the youngest people there. If you are looking to relax and spend time together than this is the cruise for you!we would for sure take another HA cruise as it was a very nice experience and we had a wedding and honeymoon that couldnt have been better!!