This was our first trip to Alaska and first Cruise! HAL was recommended by our TA and we really enjoyed ourselves. Brought meds for motion sickness but only took it the first night when we were at sea. A little rocky but we did fine! Our room was very spacious, the attendants were very nice and quite efficient, room service was prompt, laundry service was good also. The 2 specialty restaurants were the best with the MDR coming in next. We were not impressed with the Buffett. Lots of time the food was cold and the variety got old after a couple days. Plus after 2pm half of the stations were closed so if you wanted a late lunch, you had to have what was available. This was our only complaint other than the lack of supervision of some of the kids onboard. We never spent time at the pool because it was so noisy. It wasn't that big of a problem because we found some quiet spots! We loved the Crows Nest, Americas Test Kitchen and our balcony! Trivia was fun! Glacier Bay was spectacular! We went to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and took the tram. Cloudy so we didn't see much. We toured around Haines and saw the Lumberjack show in Ketchikan. We also took a floatplane ride in Ketchican. Best part of the whole trip! Sunny so we could see everything! Gorgeous! I was a little nervous about going but I loved it We have no other ship to compare the Noordam to so it was quite fine for us. Liked the fact that it was smaller with less people. Everyone was very nice and HAL was well organized! We had perfect weather for our whole trip! A little rain in the afternoon at Mendenhal and that was about it. Drizzle when we came back from the Tram.

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Noordam Cruise Review by Ladyaruba

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite
This was our first trip to Alaska and first Cruise! HAL was recommended by our TA and we really enjoyed ourselves. Brought meds for motion sickness but only took it the first night when we were at sea. A little rocky but we did fine!

Our room was very spacious, the attendants were very nice and quite efficient, room service was prompt, laundry service was good also.

The 2 specialty restaurants were the best with the MDR coming in next. We were not impressed with the Buffett. Lots of time the food was cold and the variety got old after a couple days. Plus after 2pm half of the stations were closed so if you wanted a late lunch, you had to have what was available.

This was our only complaint other than the lack of supervision of some of the kids onboard.

We never spent time at the pool because it was so noisy. It wasn't that big of a problem because we found some quiet spots!

We loved the Crows Nest, Americas Test Kitchen and our balcony! Trivia was fun!

Glacier Bay was spectacular! We went to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and took the tram. Cloudy so we didn't see much.

We toured around Haines and saw the Lumberjack show in Ketchikan. We also took a floatplane ride in Ketchican. Best part of the whole trip! Sunny so we could see everything! Gorgeous! I was a little nervous about going but I loved it

We have no other ship to compare the Noordam to so it was quite fine for us. Liked the fact that it was smaller with less people. Everyone was very nice and HAL was well organized!

We had perfect weather for our whole trip! A little rain in the afternoon at Mendenhal and that was about it. Drizzle when we came back from the Tram.
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Signature Superior Verandah Suite
Cabin SS 8058
Very roomy. Bigger than we thought it would be. 2 desk areas, large bathroom, balcony was wonderful! Curtains worked great for keeping it dark.
Bathroom and desks had outlets
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