Noordam Cruise Review by kizzykat
- Sail Date: October 2015
- Destination: South Pacific
- Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite
The ship is kept immaculate by very hard working and pleasant crew, who have a strong customer service ethic. Some reviews suggest the interior is dated, but we found it very comfortable and elegant. The public spaces are numerous and varied, and there are many interesting items on display around the ship. The library was particularly impressive with a vast array of material, a resident librarian, and a cafe. Internet connection however, is slow and expensive: avoid if possible. We did find the temperature in the public areas a bit warm, and a lot of passengers were complaining of inadequate air con in cabins. Ours was fine, but we had it constantly on the coldest setting.
We had preordered wine and spirits for both the cabin and the dining room, and prebooked dinner in the Pinnacle Grill and Le Cirque. All services were delivered exactly as requested with no hassle. The Pinnacle Grill is worth the small surcharge, but we were extremely disappointed with Le Cirque and would not recommend that. However, the Master Chefs Table is worth the additional charge for a special treat. We were pleased with the Vista Dining room, which had a constantly changing menu for dinner. We had free time dining and had to wait a short while for a table on only 2 occasions. Food was always well cooked and arrived hot. The buffet is also very pleasant, with plenty of choice and chefs on hand to plate your food. Room service also gets a thumbs up from us. The Lido snack bar, BBQ, fruit buffet and more, all helped to add variety and interest to the dining options. It is impossible to go hungry! Overall, dining gets an 8.5/10 from us.
A variety of evening entertainment was on offer, everything from classical music recitals, to piano bar and the Vista Lounge shows. There was sufficient to keep you occupied although none was a stand out for us. Similarly, there were lots of activities on offer during the day, and effort went into providing variety. We enjoyed the daily presentations of the guest speakers, and the Digital Workshop. We also participated in the on board fundraising walk for cancer organisations . Happy hour in the Crows Nest became part of our routine to watch the sunset and catch up with fellow cruisers.
This was our first time on Holland America and we would definitely cruise with them again.
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