Disappointed!: Noordam Cruise Review by bvscmom

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Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Decided to try a Holland American cruise this time, had heard they were supposed to be the nicest cruise line. We knew that Holland America tended to be an older crowd, but did not expect the lack of activities on board. It was even the same size ship.

We were very disappointed in the dining on this cruise. The lines at the buffet in the morning and at lunch were very inconvenient. We tried the Vista Dining Room on 2 occasions in the morning and the service there was very slow and the meals were not very good. To avoid lines in the Vista Dining Room we dined about 8 pm. But on 2 different nights, it took longer than 2 hours to dine so it was too late to get to the 10 pm show on time. The small portions were sometimes ridiculous. When you dine with others it is uncomfortable to always ask for additional food, especially when you have already waited too long. Dining was such an enjoyable part of our last cruise and this cruise we actually sometimes dreaded mealtime. The More entertainment on the Noordam was very disappointing in comparison to RCL which was very professional productions. The comedian was the only show that I would have recommended seeing.
We were surprised that it took til after 2 pm sometimes for our room to be serviced, and every time I went to use ice, we did not have any. On RCL it seemed like your room steward was in the area if you needed anything, but not the case on HAL.

We felt like the enjoyable times on this cruise were spent in port. We very much enjoyed Holland America's private island, Half Moon Cay. I am very surprised that HAL has so many repeat customers. We do not figure on using Holland America anytime soon. Less

Published 01/06/12
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Cabin review: H1103 Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)

Didn't have a problem with this cabin at all. It was convenient to the elevators.

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Walked around the Bridgetown area of town then walked back to the ship, enjoyed a pirate themed pub.
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Enjoyed this island. Rented at taxi and went to Emerald Pool in the rain forest and to the Botanical Gardens. Our taxi driver "Mr. Sweetness" made our day very enjoyable. He went out of his way to make our experience on the island everything we wanted it to be.
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Went there on a Sunday and just about everything was closed. Not sure that I would bother to go back anyways. The people of the island are not friendly at all. It is a hassle to spend money and I'm not a fan of spending my money were they don't want to bother with you.

Enjoyed walking thru the open air markets in town.
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We enjoy walking around this town, lots of nice little shops. The beach is really set up nice here also. Easy to get chairs umbrellas and beverages at reasonable prices.

We ate lunch at Glady's Diner that was recommended by some locals. It was excellent. Highly recommend the mango coladas. We didn't enjoy walking around the town as much as on other islands because we felt harassed by all the jewelry store employees even out on the streets. They were too pushy and interfering.
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