This was two consecutive cruises - one of 10 days, one 0f 11. I haven't been back to HAL for almost three years and I am a Five Star Mariner with HAL. All was fine except for the minor niggardly cutbacks that are facts of life with all lines today, e.g. lack of scratch pads, fruit bowls and ice by request only, somewhat slower service to clear dishes etc. in Lido due to less crew members which was also reflected in the Dining Room being closed at lunch on all port days. etc. to staff Lido. Embarkation was fairly slow - not as well handled as on RCI. Luggage delivery was better than other lines however, Ship was somewhat worn; however she is scheduled for a 14 day refurbishment in April. Large Balcony had lots of rust, badly stained floor, filthy chair cushions etc.; but all this will be taken care of in the refurbishment I'm sure, as will worn bath floors etc. HAL is famous for the profusion of beautiful flower arrangements about their ships - and that is still the case. Public rooms beautiful, excellent elevator service/speed. There are so many "cleaners" around that you almost trip over them. You never get within 10' of a crew member without a huge smile and friendly greeting Food and service in Dining Room excellent. Food in Lido also quite good, quite varied, and the usual HAL Indonesian service crews smiles and happy demeanor made for an enjoyable experience. Extra tariff restaurants - Pinnacle $10 lunch, $29 dinner very fine. Canaletto Italian restaurant at dinner, located in a section of the Lido, $10, also most fine. I noticed that almost all prices on HAL - liquor, photos, mini bar, soft drinks, tours etc. were only about 60% of what RCI charges. Nice to see "reasonable" prices. Entertainment mostly quite good as were the many musical groups about the ship. They also have a B B King Jazz orchestra in one venue, and a lovely classical duo (Adagio) in one of the lounges. Excellent HAL has created a niche for itself taking excellent care of its core group - the elderly - thus a profusion of walking assist devices, e.g. "trolley's, wheel chairs etc. Crew members are always available to carry trays, push wheelchairs etc. and do so with a smile. At 75 I can say that this was my age group and all was geared to making this age group comfortable and feel well taken care of. HAL is not inexpensive. My per diem was twice what it is on RCI; however it was well worth the difference and an excellent value for the money - a distinction that has been recognized by HAL consistently winning accolades from Cruise publications etc. as the best value for the money. I certainly feel that HAL continues to be at the very top of the "Premium" class of cruise lines. Disembarkation in Ft Lauderdale was effortless and I left the ship with little to complain about.  

Delightful 21 Days With Holland America

Noordam Cruise Review by padrek

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
This was two consecutive cruises - one of 10 days, one 0f 11. I haven't been back to HAL for almost three years and I am a Five Star Mariner with HAL. All was fine except for the minor niggardly cutbacks that are facts of life with all lines today, e.g. lack of scratch pads, fruit bowls and ice by request only, somewhat slower service to clear dishes etc. in Lido due to less crew members which was also reflected in the Dining Room being closed at lunch on all port days. etc. to staff Lido.
Embarkation was fairly slow - not as well handled as on RCI. Luggage delivery was better than other lines however,
Ship was somewhat worn; however she is scheduled for a 14 day refurbishment in April. Large Balcony had lots of rust, badly stained floor, filthy chair cushions etc.; but all this will be taken care of in the refurbishment I'm sure, as will worn bath floors etc. HAL is famous for the profusion of beautiful flower arrangements about their ships - and that is still the case. Public rooms beautiful, excellent elevator service/speed. There are so many "cleaners" around that you almost trip over them. You never get within 10' of a crew member without a huge smile and friendly greeting
Food and service in Dining Room excellent. Food in Lido also quite good, quite varied, and the usual HAL Indonesian service crews smiles and happy demeanor made for an enjoyable experience. Extra tariff restaurants - Pinnacle $10 lunch, $29 dinner very fine. Canaletto Italian restaurant at dinner, located in a section of the Lido, $10, also most fine.
I noticed that almost all prices on HAL - liquor, photos, mini bar, soft drinks, tours etc. were only about 60% of what RCI charges. Nice to see "reasonable" prices.
Entertainment mostly quite good as were the many musical groups about the ship. They also have a B B King Jazz orchestra in one venue, and a lovely classical duo (Adagio) in one of the lounges. Excellent
HAL has created a niche for itself taking excellent care of its core group - the elderly - thus a profusion of walking assist devices, e.g. "trolley's, wheel chairs etc. Crew members are always available to carry trays, push wheelchairs etc. and do so with a smile. At 75 I can say that this was my age group and all was geared to making this age group comfortable and feel well taken care of.
HAL is not inexpensive. My per diem was twice what it is on RCI; however it was well worth the difference and an excellent value for the money - a distinction that has been recognized by HAL consistently winning accolades from Cruise publications etc. as the best value for the money.
I certainly feel that HAL continues to be at the very top of the "Premium" class of cruise lines.
Disembarkation in Ft Lauderdale was effortless and I left the ship with little to complain about.
 
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 8134
large balcony on rear of ship. Storage in cabin quite limited with very few drawers. This is true of all ships of this Vista class that Carnival designed for their many lines and seen on Cunard, Princess, and Carnival in addition to HAL. There is NO drawer or shelf at the "desk" - strange I think. Luckily I travel alone and so with only one, in a space "designed" for two, I found adequate space for my many belongings needed for a 21 day trip.
Observation Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins