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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Some of the Holland America charm slipping away

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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Aug 2019
Cabin: Interior Stateroom

We chose this cruise because there was a great deal (including gratuities) just a few weeks before sailing.

We live in Vancouver, so the transportation to and from the ship was easy, as was the embarkation and disembarkation (just about the smoothest we have experienced).

We would consider the Noordam to be a mid-sized ship and although we generally prefer smaller vessels, the Noordam has retained some of the charm of the past (which we enjoy). Our sail-away inside cabin assignment was roomier than many and convenient (10th floor outside the Crow's Nest) although I think that we got an extra dose of the fog horn when it needed to be sounded (just a couple of nights). We also suffered from poor sound insulation and neighbours who kept their TV on loud all day and all night. A sound machine function on my phone managed to drown/muffle the sound enough for us to sleep. The cabin steward team was very capable and provided good service without being intrusive.

Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom

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Our sail-away inside cabin assignment was roomier than many and convenient (10th floor outside the Crow's Nest) although I think that we got an extra dose of the fog horn when it needed to be sounded (just a couple of nights). We also suffered from poor sound insulation and neighbours who kept their TV on loud all day and all night. A sound machine function on my phone managed to drown/muffle the sound enough for us to sleep. The cabin steward team was very capable and provided good service without being intrusive.

Port Reviews

Vancouver

Make sure that you save enough time for this port before and/or after your cruise.

Ketchikan

Well developed port. The Rainbird Trail was a bit of a disappointment.

Juneau

Some great hikes from the top of the tram. We did Gold Ridge with great views.

Skagway

Try the Yakutainia Point and Smuggler's Cove Hike

Glacier Bay

But not as good as it used to be just a few years ago.

Seward

Not too much to do as it is mostly an embarkation/disembarkation point, but we did a couple of short hikes around the town. Unfortunately, Marathon mountain trail as only good to the top of Jeep Trail. Bench Trail just petered out into some high grass above the tree line.

Haines

The walk/hike to Battery Point is worth the effort.

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