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Noordam Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Sydney to Honolulu repositioning cruise

Noordam Cruise Review by Old Bulldog

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite

We chose Holland America as they are our favourite cruise line. Having an aft suite our embarkation was smooth without any wait although this actual cruise had commenced in NZ and there were already guests on board. The cabin was great with no complaints. Dining always good on HAL with good choices in all areas. Service good and all our excursions were booked through cruise line. A few of our choices of excursions were not as expected though did not stop us from enjoying them. Entertainment and activities were sparse. It was our only down point of this cruise. Movies were shown in queens lounge which did not hold many people so missed out on what we wanted to see. There could have been more activities on board during the sea days and it became a little boring. Speakers did not give talks about much of interest to most and bingo was a waste of money with only four games per session. Sales days were not what we have experienced in the past - three or four tables of items only with total lack of interest by staff and cruisers. Word was the captain didn't want big sales on deck. Easter was just about non-existent. A couple of dyed eggs at breakfast. We are a married couple and we would sail HAL again for the exceptional service however HAL need to pick up on the entertainment side. Noordam is a good ship but we feel Oosterdam had more options as far as entertainment goes.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Verandah Suite
Cabin SC 6177

Cabin was roomy and bed was very comfortable with great selection of pillows. Fresh flowers brightened the room and bathroom was huge. Our balcony was wrap around which was terrific for photos and sun/shade options. Privacy was fine. Great choice of suite!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

We took a small boat to turtle sanctuary. They released two tagged turtles into the wild whilst we were there. Interesting trip

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This place seems to be quite run down without much shade. Not good for people with walking difficulties which a few did have. It was a long day in the heat

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Great tour with really informative driver. We even swam with a huge sea turtle.

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