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Noordam Review

Generally great but with some reservations

Review for Transpacific Cruise on Noordam
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2017
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

We chose this cruise because of the overall itinerary (triple Denali followed by 7 day Southbound cruise). Overall we had a wonderful vacation but there were reservations.

1. Denali was a bit of a let down - our booking was supposed to include a 7 hour Wilderness Tundra tour with a snack included but just days before we flew out we received an email saying this had been changed to a 4 hour Natural History tour with no snack. The revised tour covered a much smaller part of the park & didn't go to the parts where most of the wildlife was likely to be. We had to start at 6AM and it didn't get light until after 7 so the first hour was in darkness. We did see 3 bull mooses but the first was while it was still dark, the second would have been good except the driver kept moving the bus so we were unable to get any good photos and the third we didn't stop for because of the amount of cars around it (apparently our trip was during the lottery period when cars are admitted to drive throughout the park. We were given strict instructions not to even put an elbow out of the window so as not to disrupt the wildlife but apparently this didn't apply to the car occupants who were out of their cars walking around in the open)

2. Our cabin was right next to an elevator which would not have been a problem if it wasn't for the 'bing bong' every time it stopped on our deck - even this would have been OK if they had only turned it down overnight!

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Cabin VA

Not as large as the description 'Deluxe' would imply. Noises from the adjacent elevators (especially through the night) and air conditioning caused disruption to sleep.

The cabin stewards were very good & we really appreciated the towel animals which we saw every night.

Port Reviews

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay was amazing & easily the highlight of the whole vacation. The weather was perfect & the scenery made so much more special by the care taken to maximise our viewing.

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