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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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798 reviews
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Somewhat disappointed

Review for Noordam to Transpacific
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2016
Cabin: Superior Verandah Suite

Having been on a number of cruises with Holland and having over 50 cruises of varying lengths we chose this one for the itinerary. While the entire trip was above average there were things like no hot water in our suite for the first week, long dinners (2.5 hrs at times) due to insufficient or lazy waitstaff, desk personnel who couldn't or wouldn't take responsibility and help, and a cruise director John who was less than stellar. On the plus side our room stewards were exceptional, the on board lectures were absolutely great, and once the hot water issue was fixed our suite was good too. The BAND was also great being able to accompany a variety of acts brought on board to entertain. The security on the ship while getting on and off was the best I've seen on any recent cruise. They were courteous and helpful, especially since I couldn't go through their scanners.

Holland America, in the past, has catered more to the crowd over 50, but now appears to be trending toward a younger crowd, at least according to the cruise director John and from what we witnessed on board. We regret this trend and feel there are other ships for families and the younger crowd to sail while maintaining a means for the older crowd to enjoy their cruise. We just may need to find another way to sail. They gave up the Neptune dance band, the singer in the crows nest, and other once cherished memories we enjoyed for those over 50. Instead they have opted for loud music, bright lights flashing into the faces of the audience and more of a disco or loud New York night club scene. The lead singers were not as strong as in the past but the dancers were good, when you could see them through the fog they constantly pumped through. There were a number of us who complained the fog made breathing more difficult, but Holland took no heed and the cruise director said it was all part of the show. The entertainers were exceptional except for the "mind reader" who constantly was speaking into his lapel microphone to his second on stage. It was almost comical he was so bad.

Before ending I must send Kudo's and best wishes to Jackson, up in the Leido. He knew my name and started making my breakfast omelet the moment he saw us. Keep it up Jackson you started every day with your ray of sunshine.

Cabin Review

Superior Verandah Suite

Cabin SY

We had no hot water for the first week, they said they "fixed" the hot water a few times, and once by "fixing" it they turned all the water off for our suite and others. Once they finally resolved the issue the cabin was good. Spacious balcony with which to start the day and adequate closet and drawer space.

Port Reviews


We went to the Iolani Palace, art museum and Diamond Head booking our own way. All are very good sites if your interested in learning Hawaiian history and culture. We had previously seen Pearl Harbour and the Arizona memorial.


Took a city tour via a tram. It was interesting to learn about the country.

Sydney (Australia)

Just walked around the pier, we knew we would be back later.


Tour of Nocturnal Bonorong was cancelled due to storm moving in and the captain wanting to get ahead of it.


Went to the Welling.ton museum, excellent


Walked around Napier, went to their museum, you can take rides in antique cars.

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