Noordam Cruise Review by Desdemona1
- Sail Date: August 2012
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
The itinerary was fabulous, we visited some amazing ports and did 5 ship excursions, otherwise we wandered around near the port or went swimming at a beach(it was extremely hot).
The food was simply magnificent. We dined in both the formal restaurant and the lido (buffet), and twice went to the Pinnacle grill which just blew our socks off!! Lunch at lido was very good especially the tasty little deserts and king prawn and crab leg days.
Entertainment was average, but on a port intensive cruise like this, it didn't really matter, because we had fairly early nights for early starts the next day. However, Diane in the Piano bar was fabulous. Best bar on the ship!
We subscribed for the thermal room and hydro pool extra, which was well and truly worth it, and great to relax after a hot, busy day sightseeing.
We had a free upgrade from outside cabin to veranda state room, which was ideal and spent many hours drinking bourbon in the evening on our own veranda and reflecting on the day we had just had.
All the staff were lovely, friendly and very attentive.
The only thing I could criticise is that on a 20 night cruise they had 6 formal nights which we thought was absolute overkill. We would have made the effort twice, but really couldn't be bothered getting glammed up 6 times and we noticed many others didn't bother either. It was a pity because formal night could have been very special, but it was watered down with too many.
HAL is certainly my cruise line of choice now, and I will be seeking out HAL cruises in the future.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Athens (Piraeus)Great port. We went to the acropolis were there was quite a wait to get in, but not too expensive. The ruins were very interesting and in excellent order. We then walked down the hill to plaka, the market area which was further than we thought. Taxi's wouldn't take us, saying it was just a short walk (but I think they wanted bigger fares). Anyway plaka was incredible, great shops and restaurants, lovely. We then got a taxi back to the ship. It was very easy to do your own thing here rather than a ship tour.View All 1,107 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Port Reviews
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CorfuWe walked into town and explored the old fort. It was extremely hot and we spotted a swimming hole where locals were having a dip, so walked down to the beach and stripped off into our underwear and had the most refreshing swim in the sea. Unfortunately the steps were slippery and I took a tumble, but was helped by a very good looking and attentive life guard who ensured I wasn't badly injured. The locals were amazing, so caring and friendly. We then dryed off at a lovely small bar/restaurant where we had a snack and a couple of beers, before making our way back to the ship. Beautiful!View All 547 Corfu Cruise Port Reviews
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