Noordam Review

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Does HAL Noordam dumb down Down Under?

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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2023
Cabin: Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)

Couple 60s, 26 cruises with various cruiselines worldwide.

This 10/12/23 cruise was our 3rd HAL cruise and our first since mid 2019. Previously we cruised on the old Statendam and in 2019, Maasdam. Both were excellent, entertaining, enriching, educational overall fabulous cruises.

We had such high hopes for returning to HAL on the Noordam December 10 2023 round trip Sydney-NZ-Sydney cruise. What a sad, disappointing let down. We had luckily scored a very good sale price early in 2023 in a G obstructed view cabin 4080. If we had paid later on in the year, and even close to the sailing date, when deals were not on offer, we would have been more upset, as the passengers who paid higher fares, in our opinion, did not receive value for the $USD money. Everything onboard is $US dollars and we were surprised that some passengers were unaware of this. Of course, NO mention of this was made at any time in the shops, the bars or during the twice daily Cruise Director’s reports, whose reports were mainly advertising the great sales that took place all day long, it seemed.

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Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)

This cabin is a partially obstructed view between 2 lifeboats. In front of the floor to ceiling window is a large winch mechanism for the lifeboats. You get plenty of natural light but only a view between the machinery when you stand up. It was very quiet, midships so a good location, and the cabin stewards were friendly. The beds were comfortable and the air con is adjustable. No plumbing issues.

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