If you are looking for a happening lively ship - Noordam is not it. don't get me wrong, it's a gorgeous ship - just the clientele is on the older side - 70's+. You find yourself walking around the ship ... very slowly - great to destress in the beginning, but after walking at snail's pace for days on end your stress levels begin to rise substantially. Never seen so many scooters on a ship - they were everywhere.
Noordam is a 5 star ship. The verandah cabins are gorgeous and the finishings first class. But you can shoot a canon after midnight and not hit anyone - they are all in bed hours ago. And, of course, up at sparrow fart dithering around in the hallways making noise - so if you want to stay out late and sleep in - no chance!
The dining is 5 star - food is fantastic with great service.
The one saving grace - the Casino. The staff were so friendly and fantastic they made the cruise. They made sure they knew all their regulars names and really made you feel at home when in the casino.
The stops in the Eastern Caribbean were wonderful - St Martin, Grand Turk, San Juan and St Thomas. All wonderful places. With Margaritaville on Grand Turk getting our vote. The DJ there is wonderful and makes it a fabulous groovy day.
Embarkation in New York is a nightmare - be prepared for a 3 hour wait in the queue. I did a Carnival on the west coast the week before - no wait at all - on and off quickly and efficiently. Not so in New York. And worse if you are on a US passport - they waited even longer. Foreigners got through much quicker.