We chose this cruise because it fitted with the dates we were available, due to work commitments. We had been to NZ before on a different cruise line, but love the place so repeat was not a problem.
Embarkation was handled well, we had a balcony cabin on deck 5 midship. Décor a little tired but cabin was roomy enough and found plenty of space for storage.
Cabin attendants were great, plenty of laughs and well looked after. We don't dine in the restaurants and found the buffet great, lots of variety and very nicely cooked. No self serve, guessing this was from illness and or wastage, but not a problem. Breakfast was crazy on sea days but we only made it up in time for a couple so no problem there, have an early lunch instead.
Entertainment was a little lacking compared to other cruises we've been on but we're happy to entertain ourselves so not a deal breaker. All crew / staff were excellent, friendly and attentive. Some of our fellow passengers forgot to pack their manners and they were handled very well.
We didn't book any tours, got a couple of shuttle buses where needed but prefer to do our own thing. NYE was in Hobart which was one of the best we've had for a long time, we went to the local Casino in Hobart to see Ice House and returned to the Noordam about 11pm, things were rocking around the pool - BB King band were playing and a DJ out the back bar, fantastic nibbles and great atmosphere - great night.
Whilst probably not the best ever we've been on there were a lot of good things and any negatives were not enough to stop us cruising with them again.
These days we look at dates, availability and best deal - rather than a specific cruise line.
Over all a most enjoyable holiday.
Cabin was roomy enough, we watched a few movies on sea days - plenty to choose from, comfortable viewing. Decor a little tired but not a big deal, bathroom was compact but what you'd expect, found plenty of storage room for our needs.
Cabin attendants were great, cleanliness excellent.