AVOID (like the plague) unless you like to listen to HAL's BB Blues Band play for 3 sets each night (8:45; 9:45 & 10:45 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.) With HAL's re-branding of its Culinary Arts Centre to the Queen's Lounge, if you have a cabin on the main floor anywhere near proximity to the Queen's Lounge, you will be listening to the band's base and woofers. Ear plugs do not help much. What a 1st night "Surprise" at the start of what was to be a wonderful cruise -- to have to listen to in your cabin each nigh before midnight! So many, many people complained, some were moved if you squawked early enough and there was space. If not, you'd get a bottle of wine, an apology and in our case $500 OBC. If we'd know before booking, I would NEVER (for any amount of discount) have booked a once great large inside cabin, mid-ship for an ocean crossing in the first place. BUYER BEWARE is all I have to say. Those cabins should come with a heads up from HAL and be priced accordingly. Even numbered cabins are even worse located than the odd numbered cabins....the sound goes out a long ways....much further than you'd think! The band is also way too loud for the venue they are playing in - their sound vibrates off the lounge's wall and the DBell reading is way over the limit for ears to listen to. Read entire member review >>
We were so glad we got a "large" (207 square foot) Inside Stateroom. We never felt cramped and, in fact, didn't even use all of the storage space. It didn't bother us that we could not see the ocean through a window or have natural light coming in. At times we did wish for some fresh air, especially toward the end of the cruise. The king bed and pillows were comfortable. There was adequate lighting and fine amenities in the bathroom. The only thing that was a little inconvenient was that the hair dryer could be plugged in only at the desk in the room. Being in an inside stateroom, we especially liked the live TV cameras on the bow and stern of the Noordam. It was handy to have a small refrigerator and a safe. We wondered if the room would be noisy being on the Main Deck between the Vista Lounge and Atrium. But it was very quiet. Occasionally we heard creaks and bumps, but we rarely heard people in the hall and not even doors closing. As you can imagine, it also was nice and dark for sleeping. We were glad we brought a nightlight for the bathroom. Read entire member review >>
We were in cabin 7108. It was small but adequate. There are drawers under the beds that helped. Our suitcaces also easily fit under the bed. For the little time we spent in the room each day, it suited us fine. The room was always perfectly made up, ice was always in the bucket and the little bedtime towel animals were fun to come back to each night! Read entire member review >>
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