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Noordam Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Noordam Cruise Review by JAG052

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

We had read the reviews on Noordam prior to travel and a lot were not very complimentary so we went with low expectations. All I can say is that the type of complaint I read previously makes me think those people would not be happy with anything. Noordam far exceeded our expectations. We were delighted with practically everything on board. Our stateroom on verandah deck mid ship was roomy, clean, comfortable and well maintained...plenty of storage. Probably the best bed I have ever slept in....so comfortable with fantastic pillows. Loved it. The food in all restaurants, and we tried them all was exceptional. I think for the entire cruise, 13 nights, there was one meal I found not to my taste but that was my choice and I didn’t choose well. But the meal choices were terrific. The ship gives a feel of old world elegance. Some say dated and not modern. I say elegant. The staff on board were amazing. I think if I had to score out of 10 I would give them a 15. The Captains announcements every day became a highlight as we got used to his dry humour and his emphasis on washing hands. The fact his record for the healthiest ship cruising was a testament to his perseverance in keeping us on our toes. It was his final cruise before retirement and the crew gave him a terrific send off......he was obviously well liked and respected. There was plenty to do on board....it was non stop and could keep you occupied 24/7. The entertainment of board was good, in the main especially the Noordam singers and dancers. The ports were OK on this Pacific cruise but wouldn’t rave about them. Arriving into Noumea on a Sunday wasn’t great as nothing open in the town. The three is,ands we visited and accessed by Tender were very scenic. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Noordam and would recommend this ship. Also the embarkation and disembarkation. Is so efficient and quick. Very impressed. Great holiday.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 5080

Really nice cabin. Good storage, best bed have slept in, lots pillows which were very comfortable. Loved the location of our stateroom. Very clean and well maintained.

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Beautiful beach experience. Great for swim and appreciate tranquility. Recommend aqua shoes.


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Disappointing tour. Think a total waste of money. Not a very knowledgeable tour guide either, would not recommend,

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