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Noordam Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Good overall, but overdoing things the first few days

Review for Noordam to Australia & New Zealand
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monalisa115
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Embarkation port in Sydney is White Bay, not as convenient as Circular Quay, and not at all scenic, being a commercial port. The day before embarkation we received an email advising us not to arrive before one. It would have been much better for planning had the email arrived earlier. We arrived shortly after one and embarkation was fairly smooth; our cabin was also ready.

Buffet:

For the first three days, there were loooong lines everywhere. The Buffet was not exactly self-served. You are handed everything by a staff member, everything from food to drinks to eating utensils. You line up for a glass of water, an extra spoon, a slice of bread,… you name it. The servers were so busy they would move on to the next person if you hesitated for one split second. They also had no time to attend to any requests, such as dark meat vs. white meat, or smaller portion … etc. They would just pile up on your plate, whether you are able to finish it or not, causing a lot of unnecessary wastage.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Good size and location. It's fairly close the aft elevators but still quiet at night.

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