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Noordam Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Good in Parts

Noordam Cruise Review by marinermari

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

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

Shore excisions were overpriced and shuttle buses expensive and in the case of Samoa non existent! Entertainment by Ship’s singers and dancers is not nearly as professional as on previous cruises and very loud. We may be seniors but we are not deaf! Disembarkation was well organised.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VD 7034

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

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


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

Kona (Kailua Bay)

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

Dravuni Island

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

Booked this tour as it was a visit to a Vanilla Plantation, when we got on the bus told it was too far away so taken into a bit of jungle (described as Botanic Garden!!) to see a couple of plants growing and given a small amount of vanilla coffee out of a teapot! Guide spoke French 90% of the time to a couple in the front seats

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Expensive shuttle $16 each but too far to walk to the beach - crowded as nowhere else to go.

City Tour

Excellent narrated tour

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Good visit and good stop in Richmond - guide was very good too

City Tour

Excellent tour, collected from shop and had a 6and a half hour tour all around the places we had asked to visit. Otago peninsular, Lanarch Castle. Old Station and Settlers Museum, University, Brewery and Botanic Gardens, as well as Chick Pub in Port Chalmers!

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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

Excellent tour with a charming guide Maggie who took 11 of us around all the Art Deco area and explained the history of the area. Then on to two wineries for very well organised wine tasting. Further tour of the area and then on to the Alejouse for 3 glasses each of different beers chosen by each one of us

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