This was the second cruise with HAL, our previous recency cruises were with our grandchildren on the Oasis and the Allure which present themselves as destination high energy cruises. We enjoyed that experience. Our previous HAL experience was on the Zandaam and that was not enjoyable so we decided to give HAL a second chance in order to compare it with Princess,Cunard, Royal Caribbean and HAL The Noordam is a wonderful ship with a great crew. We chose this cruise because I have a high energy job and I wanted to relax. Also we had never been to the southern Caribbean before It is a traditional cruise line and we found that the fixed dining time gave us the best compromise between eating early and enjoying the evening entertainment. The food and service was excellent. The Culinary arts program was good and our view of the evening entertainment was mixed. The piano bar with Michael, the strings, the blues and the band were all excellent. The floor shows were not to our taste because they were disjointed. Lee Bayliss the comedian was excellent as a 'clean comic' We enjoyed his worshop the next day. The crew and the Ship are excellent. A nice touch was some of the crew lining up to say goodbye at the end of the crew. The age group of the particular cruise was older to elderly and the crew assisted passengers when needed. I don't think that I would take our grandkids on this ship because it is geared to a mature crowd. So as a traditional cruise it is excellent.

Good Experience

Noordam Cruise Review by Jaguar320

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
This was the second cruise with HAL, our previous recency cruises were with our grandchildren on the Oasis and the Allure which present themselves as destination high energy cruises. We enjoyed that experience. Our previous HAL experience was on the Zandaam and that was not enjoyable so we decided to give HAL a second chance in order to compare it with Princess,Cunard, Royal Caribbean and HAL
The Noordam is a wonderful ship with a great crew. We chose this cruise because I have a high energy job and I wanted to relax. Also we had never been to the southern Caribbean before
It is a traditional cruise line and we found that the fixed dining time gave us the best compromise between eating early and enjoying the evening entertainment. The food and service was excellent. The Culinary arts program was good and our view of the evening entertainment was mixed. The piano bar with Michael, the strings, the blues and the band were all excellent. The floor shows were not to our taste because they were disjointed. Lee Bayliss the comedian was excellent as a 'clean comic' We enjoyed his worshop the next day.
The crew and the Ship are excellent. A nice touch was some of the crew lining up to say goodbye at the end of the crew. The age group of the particular cruise was older to elderly and the crew assisted passengers when needed. I don't think that I would take our grandkids on this ship because it is geared to a mature crowd.
So as a traditional cruise it is excellent.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 5120
The cabin was a standard balcony cabin but it was slightly bigger than other ships.
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