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Auckland Holland America Line Noordam Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Noordam
Destination
Auckland

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43 Auckland Holland America Line Noordam Cruise Reviews


ohiomary avatar

ohiomary

4 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Great way to see NZ and Australia

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We are a family of 5, traveling with 3 daughters in their 20’s. Let me start by saying that we had a nice time on this cruise and it was a good value for the money for a holiday cruise. But there is certainly ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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rwcorne

3 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Great Itinerary But Found HAL's Shipboard Execution Lacking

We choose this cruise for the itinerary, which we loved. The Noordam is an older ship but is well designed and in good shape. The cabin decor was a bit dated but the cabin was well equipped and layed out well. ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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austinozz

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Most Enjoyable

We chose this cruise because it fitted with the dates we were available, due to work commitments. We had been to NZ before on a different cruise line, but love the place so repeat was not a problem. Embarkation ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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SylvieT

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary, lots of common colds on ship

Loved the itinerary because we often went on shore excursions outside of the small cities we stopped at (e.g. Tauranga, Akaroa, Dunedin, Napier). We visited the larger cities on our own. New Zealand is all about the ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Patricia Robinson

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Rather boring sea days and not very well organised.

We chose this cruise because we had not been to Australia or New Zealand and the itinerary was very attractive. Check in was somewhat chaotic. The ship was comfortable and our cabin was larger than usual. The ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Greeneyze

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great cruise itinerary!

Loved this cruise itinerary. All ports were fantastic. Ship is okay. Needs some updating. I will say it has great stabilizers though because we hit rough seas crossing from New Zealand to Australia and it was ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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sunhat123

4 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Faded Elegance

Noordam has pleasant public spaces but much of the interior seems to be from a couple of decades back. This may be what HAL passengers are looking for given the rather older demographic. Our cabin was clean but ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Riverbound

2 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Great Service - On Board Activities Need Work

We chose this crew for the itinerary, and their "J" inside cabin rooms. Much about this cruise was amazing, but a few items need work. ITINERARY - Can't complain here. The time in shore was adequate on all but ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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p8k

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Dated ship, poor service from Holland America

I was on a 12 night cruise from New Zealand via Tasmania finishing up at Sydney Australia. The cruise was to include New Zealand North Island, New Zealand South Island, Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney Australia. ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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torrpedo

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Cafeteria-quality food, cancelled shore excursion, dated ship & average service

This review is for an Atlantis Events cruise from Auckland to Sydney with six stops on a Holland America ship, Noordam (built circa 2006). This was my first cruise. We chose this cruise because many of our friends ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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calscotty

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Beautiful Cruise of New Zealand and Australia

Spent a few days in Auckland before boarding the Noordam. Embarkation takes awhile to get so many people onboard. Spent about an hour waiting in line. Once you get through the line, it is a quick process for ...
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Sail Date December 2017


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Kundo

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Dreadful

The ship is not up to the standards one expects from a modern cruise liner, the ship is old at 10years & tired. It is the only cruise line where you have to submit credit card details per passenger in order to get a ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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Shelene

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Holland...You Blew It

Mediocre food. They have great sounding creative menus, seemingly quality ingredients, then ruin it with poor execution. Watery pasta dishes, overcooked meats, limp crusted pizza, hot food served cold or lukewarm, ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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enchantedvoyage

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great NZ/Australia ports but lack of on board activities

Great itinerary but lack of on board activities, minimal cruise staff after cutbacks, and lack of live musical entertainment. Many of the activities in the program were actually revenue advertisements such as art ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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twobeachnuts

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Holland excellence in a magical place

If you are taking a cruise that takes over 20 hours to get to you should maximize your stay. We made sure we allowed for a couple of days in Auckland before the cruise and Sydney at the end of the cruise. Holland ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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AdelieGentoo

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Pleasant, as usual

We wanted to go to the Antipodes, and this schedule fit ours. We'd cruised on the Zuiderdam in 2016 and enjoyed it. Noordam is Zuiderdam's sister ship, with the identical layout, except for non-structural spaces ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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The Roys

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

EDUCATING EXPERIENCE

This was our first cruise to Australia and the South Pacific. We rented an AirBnB in Sydney (near KingsCross) a week before the cruise to explore the many sights. As always with Holland America, the embarkation ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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MostlyLegal

14 Reviews Written

62 Helpful Votes

36 Days from Auckland to Vancouver

The Noordam is, on the whole, a beautiful, well-run ship and we were very comfortable on a 36 night cruise from Auckland, New Zealand to Vancouver, Canada. This was our retirement cruise, the longest vacation of our ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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RETIRED13

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Poor communicators, refit needed

Repositioning cruises are a wonderful way to avoid tedious air travel. Noordam had a great itinerary and the timing was perfect. Noordam was scheduled for a refit in 2015 but it still hasn't happened and its ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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Senior Single

16 Reviews Written

81 Helpful Votes

Lots to do for wine lovers

I never sailed the islands of the Pacific, and this was a perfect opportunity to do so. A few days in Sydney prior to sailing allowed two visits to Hunter Valley (two different companies) and a lunch at the top of ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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senior world travelers

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Worst Cruise Ever

Chose it because it went where we wanted to go but didn't ant to go all the way to Vancouver but we were told we couldn't get off in Honolulu unless we paid for entire leg to Canada. That being said the reasons we ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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mouseterd1

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Won't cruise on the Noordam again...worst cruise for many many reasons

A repositioning cruise that took us 36 nights from Auckland/Sydney/Honolulu/Vancouver with no ship problems...so that is a very good and great thing! But service overall ('anytime' main dining) was a big hit & ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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Jetsetter747

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Noordam Auckland to Sydney 13 day leg

We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The few issues on the ship that occurred were handled and resolved promptly which we appreciated. The staff was courteous and the food was good. Good variety of ports, ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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carolina husker

7 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Auckland to Sydney on Noordam

We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary - 9 ports in 14 days in both New Zealand and Southeast Australia. The ship is in pretty good shape for its age, but a little gaudy for our taste. Staff was very ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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mojo320

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Lowering of Standards

After sailing on Holland America Line (HAL), four times and the last on the Noordam in February 2017, we have come to the conclusion that HAL treats some places better than the south Pacific. 1. Ships meals have ...
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Sail Date February 2017


Noordam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04
Entertainment4.03.4
Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation3.03.8
Family2.04.1
Enrichment4.03.5
Service4.04.3
Value For Money3.03.9
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