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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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832 reviews
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Review for Noordam to Australia & New Zealand
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jim2244
6-10 Cruises

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

This was our sixth cruise and the 4th line we've been on. We liked the ability to visit Australia and New Zealand in one trip. Most of the ports were very interesting, with the exception of Picton, New Zealand. The ship is older and has low ceilings with often dark carpet, ceilings or walls which makes public spaces seem small. We were usually back at the ship for dinner and ate in the dining room. The food was mixed, sometimes very good and sometimes not good at all.

This is the only line we've been on with fixed seating. When they issue your ID card it includes your table. If we had chosen anytime dining I'm sure this wouldn't be an issue, but we like having the same wait staff who know our preferences. We were on our anniversary so not having a table with some quiet and privacy was a big negative.

All the staff on the ship were very friendly and the room stewards and wait staff were excellent. The only frustration was taking eight days to properly fix our toilet.

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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

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The ship is older so the cabin is smaller than most we've been on. The cabin was clean and it was nice having two closets, his and hers. The safe is very small and my iPad wouldn't fit. Not all our luggage fit under the bed because there are two large drawers with blankets installed under the bed. We had to use closet space to store a carry-on. The toilet didn't work properly for about half the trip. Not sure why I had to make 5 trips to the front desk and finally Guest Relations to get it done. The door to the cabin is finicky and sometimes difficult to open. When we booked our choices were limited but I liked the fact that the cabin his rooms on the decks above and below, there is no cabin or utility door immediately across from the cabin door and the cabin is in on of the extended areas of the ship which was good for viewing. In other words, the ship has some areas that extend further than other areas. It was also on the starboard side which is the side most of the ports and land areas can be seen from.

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