Another great cruise: Noordam Cruise Review by collinsmom4301

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Another great cruise

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband and I are in our early 40's and have taken 11 cruises. We took this exact cruise in March 2012 and loved it so much we booked it again in December. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before the cruise and stayed at the Comfort Inn airport and cruise. This hotel provided free transportation from the airport and to the pier. This is the only positive thing about this hotel. I wouldn't recommend it.
We arrived at the pier around 1030. Our check in took 15 mins but were weren't allowed to actually board the ship until 1130. There was adequate sitting room while we were waiting to board the ship but the waiting area was a bit warm.
We booked a balcony room (VH) but were upgraded to a VA room on the 8th floor. The room was well maintained with the exception of the leaky water valve on the deck that caused a steady water trail. The room had adequate storage space and modern decor. Our cabin steward's were great. They were friendly, prompt, and did a great job of More maintaining our room.
The food was good. The variety seemed a little less than we cruised in December. The fruit in the Lido was not very good. It was over ripe. The desserts were lacking as on all the ships we have cruised on. The staff in the Lido was friendly and helpful if we needed anything. The Lido was never overly crowded. The dining room staff was all friendly but there were areas of the dining room where service was very slow.
Disembarkment was easy as we booked a shore excursion before our plane left.
We would recommend this ship, cruise line and the ports.
The activities on the ship were lacking which made the days at sea long. The entertainment was good. The Vegas style shows were good and the comedian was the best we have ever seen.
The Pinnacle grill was fabulous. The food was exceptional with good variety. The staff was very attentive and accurate. This was well worth the extra fee.
All the staff on the ship were friendly and helpful. The remembered us by name. Less

Published 12/24/12

Cabin review: VE8022 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

This room is located in the front of the ship. It was great being only 1 floor down from the Lido but was quite the journey to the dining room. The room is located directly below the spa and we would ocassionally hear noise from it. We also would occassionally hear the elevator ding as it arrived or dropped off cruisers. We were able to maintain a good room temperature that was dfficult when we were in a aft room on the same ship in March.

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Port and Shore Excursions


This is a great place to snorkel. The air and water temps were great. The island was crowded but modernized. Great sea views and Caribbean feel on this island.

This is one of the best places to snorkel. We saw a great variety of fish we had never seen before. We booked a 2 hour excursion with Snorkeling with Renee. She was fabulous and the tour was small. There is great snorkeling right off the shore on this island. This island is clean and the locals are very friendly.
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Curacao is another great island. There is great snorkeling here. Lots of fish. Warm water and air temps. Great cruise pier area. Lots of history on this island. Highly recommend this island.

City Tour

WE booked a land and sea excursion after our cruise as our plane didn't leave until 355. This tour was well organized but the tour guide got a little carried away with his history lessons. This was a good trip.

This was a nice port. The first time we visited Grand Turk a few years ago the only thing there was a pool. Now there is a great beach. My only complaint is that there is a lot of sea grass littering the beach and water. There was shopping close that was owned by the cruise line. The views from beach are straight off a postcard....beautiful. Lots of palm trees in this area. There is a pool for those who don't like the beach and there is a Margarita villeee restaurant close.
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This is still one of my favorite ports. The sand is soft and white and the sea is the prettiest turquoise color. The water tends to be chilly at this location no matter what month we are there. The air temp was in the upper 80's. We rented a clamshell to help shade us from the sun as there is little other shade available. There is a BBQ lunch which is fair quality and unorganized. We were in port with another ship which made the island a little crowded but not bad. This is a tender port so if the weather is bad you might not be able to get to the island.

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