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Auckland to the South Pacific Holland America Line Noordam Cruise Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
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Dated ship, poor service from Holland America

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p8k

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

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. Embarkation in Auckland was bad. Their boarding ramp broke and this added a few hours to the ordeal. Not a great start. The room (see below for cabin description) was very poor, ...
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Sail Date: February 2018

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


Great NZ/Australia ports but lack of on board activities

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enchantedvoyage

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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 auctions and spa promotions. The jazz trio (formerly known as "The Neptunes") and the solo guitarist/singer were sorely missed. Piano bar musician Stryker did a great job of keeping the ...
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Sail Date: November 2017


Dreadful

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Kundo

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

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 boarding card they took the equivalent of 900$ from each of our accounts & that was before we had even stepped a foot outside the UK, Boarding was a farce, queuing up in an old ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Holland...You Blew It

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Shelene

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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, etc. Almost laughable at every meal. The hamburgers on the pool deck were really good, though. A dearth of entertainment options. Shows were boring and uninspired. Piano bar ...
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Sail Date: November 2017


Holland excellence in a magical place

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twobeachnuts

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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 cruises are known for catering to an older crowd and this cruise was no different. Being in our sixties puts is in the mean demographic of most of our fellow passengers. It was a ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Worst cruise in 30 years (Auckland to Sydney)

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tzoz

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Having been with HAL before we where very dissapointed with this cruise no music or dancing before dinner.In fact the ship was like a ghost ship most of the time except meal times when everybody appeard.First two nights dine as you wish took three hours from turning up to leaving, the service was poor, waiters surly,the food was only average.We ate most of the time in the lido the food there was ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Superior Verandah Suite


Poor communicators, refit needed

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RETIRED13

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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 looking a bit tired. The soft furnishings are worn in the staterooms and some public areas. Although the colors in the bathroom are dismal, the size of the bathroom is good with a lovely ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Lots to do for wine lovers

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Senior Single

10+ Cruises

Age 90s

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 the Sydney Tower. Staying at the Sydney Harbor Marriott allowed wheeling your luggage right up to the ship with no problem....very handy! Boarding was quick and easy. Tropical ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


EDUCATING EXPERIENCE

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The Roys

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

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 went smoothly and quickly. Our luggage arrived to our cabin before we did and we were able to get unpacked and ready for our adventure. We set sail in the evening while taking in the ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


Auckland to Sydney on Noordam

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carolina husker

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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 pleasant and ports were great, when the weather cooperated. We only signed up for one of the ship's excursions (due to the high price), but that excursion was very good (Melbourne). We ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Superior Verandah Suite


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