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Noordam Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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First experience with HAL

Noordam Cruise Review by Pak59

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

We choose HAL because we liked the Itinerary, as it was our first cruise to New Zealand and Australia. It was also our first time on HAL. The food on the Noordam was excellent, with a lot of variety, great presentation. We enjoyed all food areas the buffet was great, The Pinnacale was fantastic. The ship is an older ship as other reviewers indicated the staff does a great job keeping it clean and looking good...however, it needs to be refurbished. We enjoyed the captain and felt he Had a great sense of humor, was always reminding cruisers to wash there hands and kept safety at the for front! One of our favorite bartendars was Jude and he works up at The Sea Pool Bar, he always has a smile on his face, remembers everyones name and what they like to drink. We found all the staff on the ship to be happy and ready ro assist. Most of the staff has been with HAL for years, which says a lot about the cruise line. We found the entertainment lacking on the ships in compairson to other cruise lines, the casino was very dissapointing with regards to the variety of slot machines. On other cruise lines, we have found a lot to do and activites that go all day and evening...on HAL we were sometimes bored, maybe it is the average age group on the ship? However, we just didnt find alot of activities that appealed to us...the most excitement was either in The Paino Bar or in the BB King Lounge...however, you odnt want to go there for 15 nights straight. We will try HAL again, but would like to be on a newer ship and with more activities. Shore Excurisons are very expensive on HAL so we used outside companies while in port and can highly recomend Viator and Zealanider Tours. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VE 7124

Our stateroom was a balcony room, it was a nice room, however, the entire ship needs to be refurbished. With that said, we had read previous reviews and knew that before going. There could be more a lot more storage, but for the most part it worked. We understand that the ship is scheduled for dry dock soon but we dont know if that will be in 2018 or 2019. The small TV was in a very bad location


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Our tour left from Akaroa and was so good we loved the personal services we received. It rained that day and was cold and our tour guide was so nice, he kept apologizing for the weather.

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Excellent tour

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