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Noordam Review

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Our first post-pandemic cruise!

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Sail Date: Sep 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Verandah Suite

In order to use some future cruise credits (before they expire) we booked the 14-Day Great Alaskan Explorer, Noordam Neptune Suite 7088. This was our first “post-pandemic” cruise……so, there I will be making some comparisons - especially because (in September 2019) we took a HAL “Triple Denali” land/sea trip, which ended with a 7 Day (southbound) cruise in the same suite (7088) on Noordam.

Also, because we had trouble flying into Vancouver in 2019, we took the HAL pre-cruise extension hotel package in Seattle with the HAL transfer to the cruise ship terminal.

The hotel was the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center, which was pricy, but nice enough. It was also (literally) within walking distance to the airport terminal.

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Deluxe Verandah Suite

Cabin 7088 is a Neptune Suite. We originally had booked an interior room, but, we were trying to use-up credits. The suite is ‘on the flair’ so, it’s a bit smaller and oddly shaped - the best aspect of that suite is that it’s balcony actually faces in two directions (to forward and to port) - which is great for an Alaskan cruise. “Improvements” to the room (since 2019) include a large flatscreen TV, bathroom night light and motion “night” lights along the floor. The idea of these lights is that if you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you will see where you are going. The problem is that if you (like me) do not have your sheets & blankets tucked in, every time you move the sheets move and set off the lights. The suite no longer has binoculars. We did not bring binoculars because Neptune Suites came with binoculars (or, they USED to). HAL now makes a big deal about selling binoculars (go figure) and we ended-up buying some for that trip.

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