We are in our 70s, celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and are 4 star mariners. We had a verandah cabin on the Verandah deck. We had a table for 2, early sitting. All the excursions we took were booked through Holland America. All that being said, our cabin was wonderful as was our room stewards. Everything was clean, neat and in good repair. We really enjoyed our meals in the main dining room. I especially noticed that there were more vegetarian choices which I often chose. We appreciated that the serving sizes were smaller than in the past so we could enjoy all 5 courses. If you had a large appetite you could order two or more servings of anything. We ate two evenings in the Pinnacle Grill. The steak was cooked exactly as asked for and the second evening I had the halibut and it was absolutely wonderful. We usually had breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck. We experienced excellent service from all wait staff, especially those in the main dining room. We also thought the food throughout the ship was very good to excellent. The entertainment in the Vista from the HAL singers & dancers was excellent. We do not enjoy magicians or comedians but the BB King group was amazing and we also enjoyed the guest violinist. Many evenings we relaxed in the Explorers Lounge listening to the duo from the Ukraine. We also found the musician in the piano lounge to be very personable and an excellent entertainer. The only complaint re the entertainment was sometimes the volume was too loud in the Vista. Re the condition of the ship we thought it looked good with the only exception being a few chairs in the Explorers Lounge which needed to be repaired. All shore excursions (except for one) met or exceeded our expectations. Holland America do an excellent job searching for topnotch tours. The one exception was one hour shorter than scheduled and the guide was not "topnotch" -- we wrote a note to Shore Excursions and the same day received a refund of 1/3 of the cost and a letter from Shore Excursions (we believe other passengers also complained). All in all, we had an excellent cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation both were smooth.

A Great Time

Noordam Cruise Review by brule

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2014
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We are in our 70s, celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and are 4 star mariners. We had a verandah cabin on the Verandah deck. We had a table for 2, early sitting. All the excursions we took were booked through Holland America.
All that being said, our cabin was wonderful as was our room stewards. Everything was clean, neat and in good repair.
We really enjoyed our meals in the main dining room. I especially noticed that there were more vegetarian choices which I often chose. We appreciated that the serving sizes were smaller than in the past so we could enjoy all 5 courses. If you had a large appetite you could order two or more servings of anything. We ate two evenings in the Pinnacle Grill. The steak was cooked exactly as asked for and the second evening I had the halibut and it was absolutely wonderful. We usually had breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck. We experienced excellent service from all wait staff, especially those in the main dining room. We also thought the food throughout the ship was very good to excellent.
The entertainment in the Vista from the HAL singers & dancers was excellent. We do not enjoy magicians or comedians but the BB King group was amazing and we also enjoyed the guest violinist. Many evenings we relaxed in the Explorers Lounge listening to the duo from the Ukraine. We also found the musician in the piano lounge to be very personable and an excellent entertainer. The only complaint re the entertainment was sometimes the volume was too loud in the Vista.
Re the condition of the ship we thought it looked good with the only exception being a few chairs in the Explorers Lounge which needed to be repaired.
All shore excursions (except for one) met or exceeded our expectations. Holland America do an excellent job searching for topnotch tours. The one exception was one hour shorter than scheduled and the guide was not "topnotch" -- we wrote a note to Shore Excursions and the same day received a refund of 1/3 of the cost and a letter from Shore Excursions (we believe other passengers also complained).
All in all, we had an excellent cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation both were smooth.
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