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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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A great way to get from Australia to Canada

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

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Sail Date: Apr 2018
Cabin: Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)
Leaving Sydney, view from the stern.
Arriving in Pago Pago.
Sacred Island in Isle of Pines.
Book em Danno, the governors  house in Honolulu used as Hawaii Five O HQ in
Vancouver at the end of the cruise, Looking at the Westerdam which we board

This was our third HAL cruise and the first on the Noordam. It was an relocation cruise of 24 days from Sydney to Vancouver with stops in New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuata, Pago Pago and Hawaii.

There were numerous seas days but given the on board activities these days went quicker then expected.

The cruise was blessed with good seas throughout and perfect weather except for a steady fog for the days between Hawaii and Vancouver.

Cabin Review

Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)

Cabin G

Nicely appoint room mid ship one deck up from the promenade deck. Close to lifts and next door to the cabins that were allocated to the entertainers on the ship.

The TV was a bit old but who watches that much TV. I understand that at the end of this year the ship will undergo a refit similar to what was done on the sister ship Westerdam.

Our next cruise after this was a follow cruise on the Westerdam to Alaska and we had a similar cabin with improved facilities.

Port Reviews

Sydney (Australia)

Its my home town. Embarkation went smooth and easy. Would have been nicer if ship was able to dock at Circular Quay instead of White Bay. Being the height of the cruise season ships have to dock where size and space allows.

Nice to sail under the bridge and see the harbour at night

Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)

Tender port a beautiful spot with most guests enjoying swimming and snorkelling in the clear pristine waters. A great way to spend a morning.

Port Vila

Did not get off the dock. You had to wade through a horde of taxi and boat drivers bidding to take you from the port to the town.

Took advantage of the free port wifi and spent the day on the ship.

Best to take an organised HAL tour if you want to see the ssights etc.


Nice to be in a big port within walking distance of the town.

Worth a visit for the shopping and food and the friendly people.

Dravuni Island

A nice slice of island life on this small pristine island.

The island has only just over 300 inhabitants.

The village school is worth a look as is the walk to the islands highest point.

Again swimming and snorkelling are main activities along with local boat rides.

Pago Pago

Arrived on a Sunday. Listening to the choirs in the local churches was delightful.

NIce market.

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