This was a "DAM" great cruise: Noordam Cruise Review by WYEKNOTT

Noordam 5
Member Since 2009

Overall Member Rating

This was a "DAM" great cruise

Sail Date: February 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
First I must state that this is my very first review and that no one cruise line is going to please every passenger all the time. I have been on 10 cruises with 6 different cruise lines. I am a very young minded 50 year old, and have been cruising since I was 30 something. First 2 cruises , I traveled with kids, the last 8 cruises, happily without. My opinions have changed through the years, due to life style changes, however, Holland America and Celebrity have got my vote for now. My idea of cruising is to rest, relax, and still be able to let it all GO, if you want to. Some describe Holland America(HAL), as being more suited for seniors, don't let this influence your perception of HAL. I was able to do all the things I wanted to do on this ship, that I would want to do on the others. On choosing a specific cruise, I first look at ports to visit, # of sea days,cruise line, ship. I would research a certain ship with the help of reviews by cruise critic and reader reviews. All ships More will have many happy cruisers, but it seems that there are those who cannot be pleased at all.

Its the few negative views that I will look at, and surprisingly, there is a common thread among them.If this doesn't affect my style of cruising, I would book this ship. Food on HAL all I can say is that it was EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!I am not a picky eater, but compared to my past cruises, HAL and Celebrity are the best. Food served at main dining... The Prime Rib literally melted in your mouth, very tender. This was there best beef entree. the sirloin and beef loin both very tasty. Seafood also very good , I had scallops, lobster,(served 1 night and was perfect) tuna, mahi mahi,orange roughy. Soups all had very distinctive tastes, not watered down at all, very flavorful. Desserts were very well done, try the chocolate dishes...its real Dutch chocolate. Food served on Lido deck(buffet style) was very good even for buffet style food. If you want a really good hamburger, try the Lido grill(next to pool) some passengers complaining of how slow they were prepared..chef was very cautious that center of burgers were done, after all these burgers had been frozen solid. I would prefer the wait. Also try the OJ in the morning, its real freshly can watch them make it in their machine behind the area that its made.

Service-this was an all Indonesian crew, I never was greeted by so many friendly faces. Everyone from the stateroom attendants (on every floor)to the maintenance workers, all greeted you with a smile and a kind HELLO or GOOD MORNING.

The Captain-Finally I must give accolades to the ms NOORDAM captain Hans Mateboer. First, due to a general strike in Martinique, we were not able to stop, this happened while in route. He was able to get us into Dominica, which although I have already been there and some passengers doing a back to back cruise had seen this port earlier, we were able to get something at short notice, others may not have been so lucky. Second, after leaving St.Thomas heading back, he made a decision to take a different route to Half Moon Cay to avoid rough water caused by weather conditions coming out of Texas. He was able to avoid 14' to 20' sea swells. This decision caused our day 9 sea day to be most enjoyable. Some or the other officers I talked with said that they had talked with the other Princess ship that left St Thomas the same day, and did not alter course. They did not have as pleasant sea day due to rougher water. Less

Published 03/12/09

Cabin review: VA8102 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

cabin 8102 (CAT. VA) Veranda stateroom. Navigator deck. top deck, very quiet, not quite midships but close enough, somtimes you could here deck chairs being moved above on lido deck. Great view of all ports.

Read All Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom (VA) Reviews >>

Port and Shore Excursions

Second time here. We did a snorkel tour of the BERWYN and CORNWALIS shipwrecks. Not only did we see this, but 2 additions wrecks are there, only 20' below surface. This was amazing, water so clear,very easy snorkel. For those so inclined, you could dive down to the actual wreck.........GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A total of 4 wrecks here. If you smoke cigars, and want to treat yourself to Cuban made. DO NOT BUY THEM HERE!!! Way too expensive.

Read 1223 Barbados Reviews

This was the surprise port. Was suppose to have been Martinique, however, we did a champagne snorkel tour here. Champagne meaning volcanic steam vent in ocean floor which causes little bubbles to leak. Very unique snorkel. Only negative was it was tough to get my co-cruiser off beach, it was very stony and rocky, not a sandy beach to deal with. I wish that they would build a platform to span 10' into water, would be perfect. Great guides with tour, very informative of sea life. Not much shopping, but the island is more known for its eco-presence.

Read 669 Dominica Reviews

St. Lucia and the Pitons first time here. We took a private tour by COSOL. Recommended by many who read Cruise Critic. For more info on COSOL see links provided in Cruise Critic. This was a great tour. Local beer is PITON, of course, very good though. Our tour had a traveling bar, it went with us during the entire tour.
Read 1134 St. Lucia Reviews

Have been to Saint Maarten several times and still enjoy this island. I can still remember when Front street was still a dirt road. Try the Guavaberry store, if you like very unique and flavorful island rums.

What can I say, the shopping MECCA of the Caribbean. We did a snorkel tour on the CASTAWAY GIRL, a Catamaran with enclosure. Good snorkel, guided tour, if you wanted it. Booze galore on the way back, great time had by all, crew of CASTAWAY GIRL was very entertaining. Did some shopping..of course. Had lunch at a wonderful local place - Gladys Restaurant, I think its off of Drake's Passage. Great local food. I had fresh grouper, very lightly breaded, co-cruiser had curried chicken.

Read 3995 St. Thomas Reviews

Compare Prices on Noordam Southern Caribbean Cruises

Read more Noordam cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Noordam Review >>

Compare Prices on Noordam Southern Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2009
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Noordam deals up to 82% off:

September Deals
Noordam 75% Loved It

34-day Alaska Glacier & South Pacific Crossing Collector
See all Noordam Deals >>