Noordam Cruise Review by liontamers
- Sail Date: June 2016
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Standard Interior Stateroom
We arrived in Vancouver by air and quickly transferred to the Skytrain (public transport) which whisked us into the city centre, a 5 minute walk to the cruiseship terminal. Embarkation went quickly and smoothly and we were soon onboard in familiar territory.
Because of the price point, we chose an inside cabin based on the available videos and brochure pictures. Apparently this was a mistake, as the cabin was the smallest we have ever encountered in over 40 cruises. It did not look like the pictures and was very small and cramped for double occupancy. We had the cabin steward separate the beds to create a narrow "hallway" so that we could both stand up in the cabin at the same time. Very awkward and uncomfortable. Avoid Cabin 6007 and others like it, unless you are traveling alone.
We ate most of our meals in the main dining room as we prefer to be served our meals instead of self-serving in the Lido. Portions are not large so one can enjoy all courses. The food was very good, well presented, and the service excellent. Lunch in the Pinnacle Grill was exceptionally good and highly recommended.
Holland America's entertainment is not of the highest quality, especially the stage singers and dancers. They are just very loud. The guest entertainment, a comedian and a magician were so-so. The comedian was the better of the two. The crew shows were, as always, excellent and highly entertaining. Holland America are now in partnership with the BBC and the Planet Earth series, and the resulting programs are outstanding. We were lucky to have been on the first ship to preview the programs and we understand it will be fleetwide later in the year.
The service on the Noordam is excellent and friendly, throughout the ship.
Having been to Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway before, we did not take any tours, but walked around on our own and enjoyed the general ambience of these picturesque spots. The weather on our trip was exceptionally good. We were delighted to visit Haines after not being there for several years. A truly magnificent and unspoiled place, which few cruiseships visit. Most shore excursions are on the expensive side.
We were not travelling with children, but have done so in the past and highly recommend the Club Hal program for children.
Some passengers embarking in Seward were sick with Norovirus but the outbreak was dealt with and was confined to under 2%. There was great transparency of the unfortunate event and fortunately we did not become sick. Our hands have never been so clean!
Sailing with Holland America is like visiting an old friend. We know what to expect and they never fail to deliver a positive experience overall. Nothing is perfect, but Holland America comes close for us. We look forward to doing this trip again next year.
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