We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary - 9 ports in 14 days in both New Zealand and Southeast Australia. The ship is in pretty good shape for its age, but a little gaudy for our taste. Staff was very pleasant and ports were great, when the weather cooperated. We only signed up for one of the ship's excursions (due to the high price), but that excursion was very good (Melbourne). We primarily used Viator and several other local tour companies. We were amazed at the age of the passengers. I would say 80% were over or well over 60. Many were handicapped or needed wheelchairs, but the ship and crew handled this well. Signature suite was nice, but not that much bigger than a veranda room. Food n Highlights: 1. Ports, particularly Sydney, Dunedin, Tauranga, Akaroa and Hobart. 2. Pinnacle Grill 3. Embarkation and Disembarkation 4. Fiordland National Park, although we missed Milford Sound due to weather 5. Hobbitton and Rotorua 6. Sydney harbor cruise 7. Wiaheke wine tours (Auckland) 8. Bonarong Wildlife Reserve (Hobart) 9. Added time and later than scheduled departure in Hobart 10. Sydney Opera House Disappointing: 1. Average age of passengers (older than we expected) 2. Little to do on sea days, unless you like the spa or trivia 3. Entertainment was, at best, average 4. Christchurch 5. Prices in Auckland and Sydney - very expensive 6. Lines to get into dining room for anytime seating Having read many Cruise Critic reviews of the Noordam, we really didn't have high expectations for the Noordam, and were generally satisfied with the overall experience, apart from being pretty bored on sea days (we are port people). I would not cruise on Noordam again, but would likely give another Holland America ship a try, if the itinerary was good.

Auckland to Sydney on Noordam

Noordam Cruise Review by carolina husker

5 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary - 9 ports in 14 days in both New Zealand and Southeast Australia. The ship is in pretty good shape for its age, but a little gaudy for our taste. Staff was very pleasant and ports were great, when the weather cooperated. We only signed up for one of the ship's excursions (due to the high price), but that excursion was very good (Melbourne). We primarily used Viator and several other local tour companies. We were amazed at the age of the passengers. I would say 80% were over or well over 60. Many were handicapped or needed wheelchairs, but the ship and crew handled this well. Signature suite was nice, but not that much bigger than a veranda room. Food n

Highlights:

1. Ports, particularly Sydney, Dunedin, Tauranga, Akaroa and Hobart.

2. Pinnacle Grill

3. Embarkation and Disembarkation

4. Fiordland National Park, although we missed Milford Sound due to weather

5. Hobbitton and Rotorua

6. Sydney harbor cruise

7. Wiaheke wine tours (Auckland)

8. Bonarong Wildlife Reserve (Hobart)

9. Added time and later than scheduled departure in Hobart

10. Sydney Opera House

Disappointing:

1. Average age of passengers (older than we expected)

2. Little to do on sea days, unless you like the spa or trivia

3. Entertainment was, at best, average

4. Christchurch

5. Prices in Auckland and Sydney - very expensive

6. Lines to get into dining room for anytime seating

Having read many Cruise Critic reviews of the Noordam, we really didn't have high expectations for the Noordam, and were generally satisfied with the overall experience, apart from being pretty bored on sea days (we are port people). I would not cruise on Noordam again, but would likely give another Holland America ship a try, if the itinerary was good.
carolina husker’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Holland America Noordam price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Signature Superior Verandah Suite
Cabin SS 8089
Nicely laid out suite with decent sized balcony. Separate tub and shower with two sinks. Decent water pressure and comfortable bed. TV was incredibly small.
Upper Verandah Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews