1 Montreal Holland America Noordam Cruise Reviews

The Noordam is one of HAL's older, smaller ships. It's in good condition but doesn't sparkle. The crew is well trained and very nice. But the reasons for taking the Atlantic Coast cruise are the stops. Each one is a gem, ... Read More
The Noordam is one of HAL's older, smaller ships. It's in good condition but doesn't sparkle. The crew is well trained and very nice. But the reasons for taking the Atlantic Coast cruise are the stops. Each one is a gem, even if you just stay in the cities for the day. We loved Montreal, Quebec City, PEI, Nova Scotia, Bal Harbor, Boston, NYC, Charleston and Ft. Lauderdale. There was a terrible storm one night and all I could envision was the life boat drill and having to try reach the life boats if the alarm sounded. ...(The housekeeping staff was available with anti-nausea pills.) But the capable (and charming) captain steadied the ship and we made it through the night. Whew! Here are my thoughts about the ship: Internet is outrageously expensive. There was a Microsoft professional aboard giving excellent courses....but there was no connection to the internet for the courses. Ridiculous We tried open seating dinner the 1st night (we were with friends). With no reservation they gave us a small table in a very noisy area. The food was overcooked and cold. The wait staff indifferent. The next night we changed to the upstairs dining room and the food and service were very good. Avoid open seating. The shops on the ship were pitifully stocked....simply nothing to buy, not even a decent souvenir. The evening entertainment was not first class. After a few tries, we simply avoided going to the shows. The piano bar entertainer was excellent. So were the pre-dinner violin concerts. Our room was adjacent to a gang plank....be sure to avoid any rooms near gang planks....noise when disembarking and re-embarking, banging doors during the storm. Should be changed to a storage room. Overall the atmosphere on the cruise was friendly and happy. Lots of retirees out to see the beautiful east coast of Canada and the USA. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Noordam Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 2.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.3

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