We were in a VB veranda on Deck 5 and have previously sailed with RCCL and Celebrity. There have been mixed reviews of the Noordam of late, but we found little fault and the experience exceeded that of our RCCL cruise and came close to that of Celebrity. The stateroom was in fine condition with no faults of note and it was well attended to by Tee and Dodik. The air con worked efficiently and the bathroom was in great order. We found the food to be of a high standard, the As You Wish section of the Main Dining Room work well, we got tables quickly and there were no delays in the service. The food came cooked to the correct level, the portion sizes were just right, and if you wanted something extra it was never a problem. We enjoyed breakfast and a light lunch in the Lido and here again we found the food to be of a good standard, especially the Bread & Butter pudding !! There were no unacceptably long queues and stocks of hot food were being constantly replenished. It was also good to see the senior catering staff present on the floor monitoring the situation and chatting to the guests. We had room service breakfast on 5 of our 11 mornings, and it was delivered on time with the eggs still warm and runny. The Pinnacle Grill was a great experience and the staff were most attentive, we went three times, so you can see we enjoyed it. The Rome to Venice and back itenary was fantastic, we took three HAL shore excursions, Taormina in Sicily, Cavtat in Dubrovnik and the palace trip in Corfu. They were enjoyable, but we would have like a bit more time in both Taormina (you had about one hour of free time) and Cavtat where there was a rather miserly 45 mins to enjoy this delightful resort. We didn't go to any of the main shows, but did enjoy the HAL Cats and the BB King bands. All in all, we found Noordam to be in great condition, the crew and staff were all pleasant and welcoming and we had a relaxing cruise with enough attention to make us feel special, Well Done Captain Robert and Cruise Director Kieran.

First time on HAL, thoroughly enjoyed it

Noordam Cruise Review by hillsprint

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2014
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We were in a VB veranda on Deck 5 and have previously sailed with RCCL and Celebrity. There have been mixed reviews of the Noordam of late, but we found little fault and the experience exceeded that of our RCCL cruise and came close to that of Celebrity.
The stateroom was in fine condition with no faults of note and it was well attended to by Tee and Dodik. The air con worked efficiently and the bathroom was in great order.
We found the food to be of a high standard, the As You Wish section of the Main Dining Room work well, we got tables quickly and there were no delays in the service. The food came cooked to the correct level, the portion sizes were just right, and if you wanted something extra it was never a problem.
We enjoyed breakfast and a light lunch in the Lido and here again we found the food to be of a good standard, especially the Bread & Butter pudding !! There were no unacceptably long queues and stocks of hot food were being constantly replenished. It was also good to see the senior catering staff present on the floor monitoring the situation and chatting to the guests.
We had room service breakfast on 5 of our 11 mornings, and it was delivered on time with the eggs still warm and runny.
The Pinnacle Grill was a great experience and the staff were most attentive, we went three times, so you can see we enjoyed it.
The Rome to Venice and back itenary was fantastic, we took three HAL shore excursions, Taormina in Sicily, Cavtat in Dubrovnik and the palace trip in Corfu. They were enjoyable, but we would have like a bit more time in both Taormina (you had about one hour of free time) and Cavtat where there was a rather miserly 45 mins to enjoy this delightful resort.
We didn't go to any of the main shows, but did enjoy the HAL Cats and the BB King bands.
All in all, we found Noordam to be in great condition, the crew and staff were all pleasant and welcoming and we had a relaxing cruise with enough attention to make us feel special, Well Done Captain Robert and Cruise Director Kieran.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 5045
The stateroom was in good order and all facilities were in full working order. A good location close to the front elevators, though the elevator chimes did get a bit annoying, but we're not intrusive. There is a clear view fore and aft from the veranda, it is equipped with two wicker chairs, a footstool and small circular table.
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