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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Review for Noordam to Italy
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Bobaloo66
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2013
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The entire Noordam staff were graduates of smile school, and were very accommodating to any need that we expressed.

- The Maitre 'd made a point of soliciting our comments about the Vista Dining Room ("tepid soup, slower service between courses than expected"- which he remedied). Portions seemed smaller than I remember from previous cruises, so we often visited the Lido deck later to get a bite.

- The Excursion Director, KK, provided an informative overview of the destinations and had scheduled hours at her Main Deck desk to respond to individual questions; she had unlimited patience in dealing with people who did absolutely nothing on their own to become informed (and who also wasted everyone else's time). We took one HAL excursion and explored other destinations on our own- I find that privately arranged tours are about half the charge of HAL's and you can alter them as you'd like. Hop On-Hop Off buses are also a fairly quick and inexpensive way to get the lay of the land.

Cabin Review

Very comfortable- had everything we needed except complimentary wifi

Port Reviews

Marseille

Took the shuttle into the old port area. All the cathedrals look the same to me; we walked, took photos, and ate a leisurely outdoor lunch at a port side restaurant. Beautiful day, enjoyable experience.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Followed the excursion director's advice and walked from the tender point to the palace. Took the palace tour (8 euros) through a about 6-8 rooms that looked very palace like (gaudy?), then walked to the Jardin Exotica. Be sure to use the elevators, as it's hundreds of feet above sea level.While there, we stumbled across an included guided tour of a cave that goes down a couple of hundred feet into a couple of Luray Cavern like chambers.Hopped on a local bus for a scenic return to the downtown area, a relaxing drink, and walk to the tender point.

Sardinia

Olbio replaced Tunis as a stop. We did another self-guided walking tour of the central city and had a leisurely lunch ashore.

Palermo (Sicily)

Walked extensively to points & routes recommended by the Excursion Director. Could also get free wifi at a restaurant very near the dock.Took a cab to the Hotel Grand, about a mile from the city center. Very nice setting for lunch, but expensive (24 euros for a club sandwich & fries).The Verdi Opera House was impressive, but couldn't get in for a tour (an employee said "Tomorrow").

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