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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Enjoyable xmas and nye in the south pacific

Review for Noordam to Australia & New Zealand
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10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017
Cabin: Standard Interior Stateroom

We are an early 40's married couple who travel permanently and have taken about 10 cruises in the last 18 months. We have sailed HAL, Celebrity, NCL, P/O Australia and Regent. Our previous experience on HAL has only been on the Koningsdam.

We chose this cruise to celebrate Xmas and NYE after loving a similar cruise last year and to see some of the south pacific we have not visited before.

We had amazing weather on this cruise and very smooth seas which helped make it a great cruise. As with our other HAL cruise the average age of fellow passengers was quite high and the overall vibe of the ship more conservative than what we have found on Celebrity and NCL.

Cabin Review

Standard Interior Stateroom

Cabin L

too small, lack of storage, poor layout

great attendant, great bed, average tv

Port Reviews


Spent entire day at Jinek Bay - amazing! Snorkelers paradise!!

Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)

Kuto Bay is spectacular. Snorkelled Kunamera Bay (not just the rock but the far end of beach and around point). Tours were available on landing but not to Natural Aquarium


Took taxi to million dollar point which was fascinating, canoed riri river and local blue hole, went to water dance cultural centre. Great day.

Mystery Island

Sand island off main island, uninhabited and just for ship tourists. Blue bottles prevented snorkelling


took lyvai hoho to duck island which exceeded expectations with nice snorkelling. Wanted to use Dalocean to get to outer lagoon but they had already left.

Port Vila

Went to the waterfalls and Secret Garden independently using water taxi and then local bus. Both good but expensive for what they are.


Only had half day - went to beach which was beautiful

Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

Gorgeous beach but crowded with whole ship. Nice snorkelling but not great.

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