Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Noordam Review

79% of cruisers loved it
518 reviews | Write a Review

Why Choose Noordam?

  • Pro: A full-service, mid-sized ship with lots of quiet, intimate spaces.
  • Con: Limited bells-and-whistles entertainment options.
  • Bottom Line: A good choice for adults who don't need a steady stream of onboard activities to be entertained.

Noordam Overview

By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor
Editor Rating
4.0

Holland America Line aims to strike a balance between classic and contemporary, and Noordam, christened in 2006, manages this well. It harbors lots of nooks for conversation and quiet diversions like backgammon. Dinners in the main dining rooms and two specialty restaurants are leisurely. Pre-dinner entertainment includes listening to a violin-piano duo perform and dancing to ballroom and show-tune classics. Afternoon tea is served daily.

The best of Noordam's onboard programming skews toward the educational, such as cooking presentations and Microsoft-sponsored computer workshops. On our Alaska sailing, the late-night scene in the piano bar was about as rowdy as things got. By day, the Explorations Cafe, with its clubby, coffeehouse vibe and free online access to the daily New York Times, plus a nice selection of books and games, hosted a steady hub of activity.

Compared to some HAL vessels, Noordam's decor is downright glitzy. A three-story atrium midship sports a curvy green glass stairway crowned by a colossal Waterford crystal compass. Gold-hued tiles mirror the surrounding walls. In the elevator lobbies, oversized urns sprout artificial foliage. Ornate metal settees (some shaped like clamshells and not particularly inviting) mix it up with busts of the Dutch royal family. And, as in other HAL vessels, some impressive -- and eclectic -- artwork provides lovely visual surprises throughout the ship.

The youngest of HAL's four early-2000s-vintage Vista-class ships, Noordam shows some signs of wear (separating wallpaper seams, worn carpet in areas). But the overall ambiance makes the ship a good choice for those who don't need waterslides, zip lines or climbing walls to find their bliss at sea.

Noordam Fellow Passengers

With an average age of 55, Holland America passengers skew slightly older than those of some major lines. On our Alaska cruise in early June, 83 percent of cruisers were 51 and older. About 40 percent were over age 66. In general, Alaska and Caribbean cruises will attract more families. On Caribbean itineraries, the average age skews slightly younger.

On most sailings, Holland America cruisers are 60 to 80 percent North American. Our cruise had a mini United Nations of 31 nationalities, with Americans, Canadians and Australians making up the majority of the passenger base.

Noordam Dress Code

Daytime attire is casual, though shorts and tank tops aren't allowed in the dining rooms. The Lido Restaurant is more laid-back, but does request that diners wear shoes and a shirt. Recommended attire on most nights is "smart casual," meaning skirts or pants for women and casual slacks and shirts for men. Two formal nights on our seven-night cruise brought out a smattering of tuxes and sequins. Cocktail dresses for women and sport coats/slacks for men predominated. Alaska and Caribbean itineraries are typically fairly informal on Holland America. On European sailings, passengers tend to dress up more.

Noordam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $12.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $13.50 per person, per day.
Next: Noordam Cabins
Print this section

Noordam Member Reviews

Our 7th cruise but the first with Holland America. We normally book a balcony room but as the choice was so limited when we booked we went for an ocean view and were very happy with the cabin. The bed was the comfiest we have had on any cruise , ... Read more
This was my second HAL cruise, my first being in October on the Maasdam out of Montreal. this time the ship was better (the Maasdam old at 22 years for a cruise ship) but still tired and in need of a refit although a beautiful ship. My bathroom ... Read more
Disappointed Travel-lu
12/15
We have just disembarked in Sydney from our 16 night cruise around New Zealand over the 2015 Christmas and new year period. The cruise experience was enjoyable but, having cruised with Holland America in 2010, it just felt that the company is ... Read more
1 - 3 of 518 Reviews
Show The Lowest Price

Noordam Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.1
Public Rooms
3.0
4.6
Cabins
4.0
4.3
Entertainment
3.0
3.6
Spa & Fitness
3.0
4.1
Family & Children
2.0
3.4
Shore Excursions
5.0
3.7
Enrichment
4.0
3.8
Service
3.0
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.2

Explore This Ship

Noordam Deck Plans Noordam Cabin Reviews
Ship Stats
Crew:
811
Launched:
2006
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
82,318
Passengers:
1,972
Registry:
Netherlands
CDC Score:
100
 
Have you taken a cruise before?
Thank you!
Close X
See Deals on Noordam up to 82% off

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.