We chose to do this 38 day cruise from Vancouver to Auckland because it we had wanted to cross the Pacific and also visit New Zealand.
We have cruised on Noordam about 5 times so we’re aware she is in need of refurbishment and although parts were tired the ambience mostly made up for this. What we didn’t expect was the amount of infections throughout the ship. It was obvious from any of the communal areas that chest infections were rife. My husband caught it 5 days out from Vancouver, then I caught it, folks nearby at dinner had repeated visits to the Medical Centre and found many others there the same, some being confined to their cabins. 6 weeks on my husband is still coughing it is a virulent bug and one wonders what action is taken on board to ensure infection is not spread.
On the good side the staff are mostly cheerful, friendly and go above and beyond to give passengers a great cruise. Sadly this time it was marred for us
Furnishings tired but adequate, unfortunately we had the balcony washed about 5 times in less than 2 weeks making it impossible to sit out as furniture was soaked
Long processing to join ship as 3 large ships in at the same time
Overnight stop so time to take local buses and explore by ourselves
This would have been more enjoyable if there hadn’t been all the razzmatazz of Ironman due to take place 2 days later
Locals had arranged welcome music and dancing but then the rain arrived so visit spoiled by pouring rain
Beach was ok but as it was the only place to go was just full of people!
Nothing much of interest. Took shuttle bus to the shopping centre for WiFi
Expensive shuttle $16 each but too far to walk to the beach - crowded as nowhere else to go.
Good visit and good stop in Richmond - guide was very good too
Very pretty place to explore on our own, visited the lighthouse and wandered around the area
Took shuttle into the City and walked to the Cable Car, walked around st the top and visited the Museum and the Botanic Gardens