Good, better, best: Noordam Cruise Review by antonio bella donna
Overall Member Rating
Good, better, best
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The Noordam: it is a beautifully modern vessel. My wife (Ellen)and I were among the last to board the ship (major snafu at the Venice airport), and after a long and trying day the sight of the ship was impressive and stress-relieving. Embarkation was a breeze, and the room was impeccably clean. Shortly after settling in we met our room steward (Eric) who we rarely saw thereafter, but who always had everything in order. My wife and More I have nothing but rave reviews of all the personnel who worked aboard the Noordam on our 10-day voyage. They are dedicated, cooperative, caring people who are obviously proud of their ship (we have never witnessed so much polishing of brass and attention to housekeeping).
The Noordam reeks of art and artifacts, and it was fun taking all of this in as we acclimated ourselves to the ship. Noordam food and entertainment: Neither my wife or I are culinary aficionados. If it looks and tastes decent we are on it like ravenous wolves after a successful kill. Quite frankly, we thought the food at all of the venues aboard ship was quite good. In some cases it was exceptional (of particular note: bread pudding, French onion soup, and evening dinner at the Pinnacle). Furthermore, the "presentation" of said food was impressive.
Because of early morning field trip departures we did not see all of the entertainment aboard ship, but what we did experience was generally disappointing. The young people who put on the big song and dance productions worked hard, but their performances never induced (for my wife and I) rousing standing ovations. Perhaps the most egregious aspect of entertainment was showing "Mama Mia" one evening in the main stage area. Ugh!!! A mediocre movie that could just as well have been shown in room (or better yet, deep-sixed). There were however, two first-rate performers. The young lady (forgot her name) who played guitar and sang in the Crow's Nest was very good, and tenor Preston Coe was exceptional!
Bottom line: nice ship, great service, excellent food, so-so entertainment, great ports (commentary to follow), would do it again in a heartbeat. Less
Cabin review: VC5103 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Fine, fine fine. Nothing to quibble about.Read All Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom (VC) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Staff made the trip
Royal Caribbean cruises standa...