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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Our longest cruise yet with an old reliable friend.

Review for Noordam to Australia & New Zealand
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Sail Date: Nov 2018
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Mascot station, near our hotel, by the airport.
Noordam at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Entrance to the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Embarkation stations.
Our room.
Our room.
Shower/bathtub
Balcony.
The "Sandman", Marcus Winter.
Patrick MaMahon.
One of the many friendly staff on the Noordam.

As we wanted to see Australia & try a cruise that was more than 2 - 3 weeks, this cruise fit the bill.

We flew in a day before our cruise from Vancouver, mainly to re-coup from the long flight & see a bit of Sydney before embarking on our journey. As it turned out, we did mostly re-couping than sight seeing.

We stayed at a hotel in the Mascot area, near the international airport, which was also a block away from the train station. Understandably the hotels by the airports are more reasonably price than the ones in the city, especially around the Rocks & Circular Quay.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Cabin VB

Our cabin was on the 6th floor & around the corner from the stairs & elevator. There was hardly any passenger foot traffic in the area & as such fairly quiet. Our cabin, although dated & unremarkable, was quiet, comfortable, clean & more than adequate for two on this 30 day cruise. We had sufficient storage for our clothes, without having to use the sets of drawers under the bed & sofa couch. We had a comfortable king size bed, but the sofa has reached at least a 4 - 5 star Mariner status plus. We had a nice size balcony with 2 deck chairs with ottomans & small round table. Our 2 suitcases fitted under the bed. We had a bathtub shower combination in our washroom.

Port Reviews

Sydney (Australia)

There are a lot of things to see & do in Sydney on your own. Locals are friendly & helpful and Sydney has a good transportation system to get around in.

Port Arthur

Due to weather conditions, we missed this port.

Adelaide

There are lots of things you can do in Adelaide on your own. Again, the locals were friendly & helpful and Adelaide has great transportation to get around in.

Melbourne

Another big city where there's lots of things to see & do on your own. Again, friendly, helpful locals with good transportation to get around in.

Burnie

Burnie had a complimentary shuttle to take the passengers into the small town. Friendly locals & very walkable. Got to try the "scallop" pie at Banjo's Bakery Cafe. Free wifi at the city hall.

Eden (Australia)

We were tendered into the port of Eden. There was a small local market set up for the cruise ship passengers near by. Eden also had a shuttle bus to take the passengers into town. Eden is small & walkable. We visited the Killer Whale Museum which was ok. Free wifi at the city library.

Kiriwina (Papua New Guinea)

It was ok to meet & visit with the locals. It was interesting, but I did not enjoy that they'd expect you to buy things from them or pay them when you take photos of them or their things. An uneasy feeling...just saying.

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