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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Yawn . . .

Review for Noordam to the South Pacific
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highcees
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2016
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

This cruise was chosen strictly for itinerary, which was a long-held dream come true. The ship and cabin got very old, very fast. Surely, the cuisine could have more variety -- all those chefs that claim to have input! Cabin attendants were superb -- could not do enough for us. Wish they had a better product to offer. The terrifying toilet (watch out!) and the much-too-heavy bath door destroy any illusion of luxury. That illusion is further ruined by luxurious-appearing bath linens that seem to get scratchier and scratchier. Storage is quite adequate, even for clothing chosen for a longer-than-six-week cruise. No drawers except in bedside tables, but that is easy to cure by organizing with the biggest size of zip bags on shelves. Great laundry service -- we purchased the unlimited plan -- with the occasional delayed return of an item or two. Bed linens were lovely, as was the pillow selection -- mattress very hard, and the minus-fifty-degree rating on the VERY heavy down comforter makes for an uncomfortable. Warm, but heavy. If you can figure out the mystifying thermostat, bravo! And of course, the ubiquitous quandry -- which light switch turns on which light(s)??? That's important when your fellow traveler is trying to sleep . . .

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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

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Like the rest of this ship, 5065 is tired and scuffed. The film on the door to the verandah for instance, was BADLY scratched (intentionally, it appeared). The sofa coverings were not fresh. The carpet is extremely unattractive and not at all plush. The desk is the same old same old, not big enough and without adequate plug-ins and lighting. Wall covering is scuffed and scratched, beginning to separate at some seams. And lucky us -- right before the always-daunting Tasman Sea crossing, the lifeboat immediately below our verandah began to shed its canvas covering, ripping and slapping and knocking all the way from Hobart to Dunedin where someone finally put a bungee cord around it. And yes, we DID report it.

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