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Noordam Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Everything we expected

Noordam Cruise Review by Norpen

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

We chose this cruise to fit in with school holidays and to meet friends in Hawaii.

The stateroom was excellent. See below.

The ship was very lush and we enjoyed the ambience in every venue. All areas were well maintained and elegant.

We knew the wifi would not be good, so we enjoyed having 2 weeks free of this.

Dining. We could not fault any meal, whether it be in the Vista Dining room, Lido buffet, poolside or the specialty restaurants. We mainly ate in the Lido and always managed to find a seat at any time. There were little, if any, queues at each food station. We tried every station and were never disappointed. We never experienced food at incorrect temperatures. The food in the main dining room was very good, with small to medium portions which we appreciated. The Canaletto and Pinnacle dining rooms served wonderful food each time we visited them and the service was excellent.

Entertainment. Every night we looked forward to the shows. There were great acts from Australia and at the end, a great a capella group from the USA. The acts were world class, (in our opinion) and were well received by the audiences every night. On a couple of occasions there was standing room only! Obviously the 8 o'clock crowd came back for more at 10pm! We were very impressed with all of them.We also very much enjoyed the BB Kings Blues Club on quite a few occasions.

We had a great fun night on a "pub crawl" and enjoyed the piano bar a few times.

Daytime activities were good, with our favourites being the daily team trivia, Happy Hour, food and wine pairing and a couple of culinary sessions and guest lecturers. We also enjoyed down time lazing in the aft pool, sitting on deck chairs and also on recliners in the Crow's Nest.

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a Renewal of Vows ceremony. WOW! What a wonderful experience! The Captain presided over the ceremony(we were the only 2) and his wife was with him. We were overwhelmed with the attention to detail....champagne, finger food, corsage and buttonhole, photographer, wedding cake, dinner for 2 at the Pinnacle restaurant, flowers in our stateroom, swans and rose petals on our bed and a beautiful wedding album with our certificate, photos and mementos of the event. A magical night!

Port excursions. We did a couple our ship excursions and 2 of our own. All were enjoyable (we were first timers to the South Pacific), even though the humidity was quite unbearable. I can recommend Ricky's Tours in Hilo, Hawaii.

We met some wonderful people and thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. We would gladly go again.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 10002

The cabin was perfect for 2. It was a guaranteed cabin, allocated the week before sailing. It was right at the top of the ship next to the Crow's Nest and very convenient for all activities below on the elevator route. Dining rooms were at the other end of the ship, but no problem with a little walk.

The balcony was very small, but perfect for 2. It was very enjoyable in the evenings with a few glasses of wine. Of course, being next to the Crow's Nest was a bonus!

Another little bonus was the "hallway" which gave a little privacy (instead of the cabin opening into the room it opened around a corner)

All amenities were great and there was never a complaint about cleanliness and upkeep. Our cabin steward was very friendly and helpful.

The bed was extremely comfortable. We felt at home.

We would definitely book this cabin again.

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