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Good On Services, Poor on Entertainment
"We were in a veranda stateroom on deck 5, and our cabin steward could not do enough for us. The dining room servers were top notch as well - always calling us by name, knowing what our choices would be, and so on...."Read More
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darlak2

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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Good On Services, Poor on Entertainment

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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darlak2

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We were in a veranda stateroom on deck 5, and our cabin steward could not do enough for us. The dining room servers were top notch as well - always calling us by name, knowing what our choices would be, and so on. The entertainment, however, was mediocre. The ship's dancers were just OK, and the singers fell flat. The Cruise Director (Kearan) was great but there were, including himself, only 3 ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

2 Helpful Votes


Noordam Observation Cabin 10002

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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gismo3

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Just been on the southern Caribbean 10 day cruise and it was awesome. The ship is catered for the old folks and the food is better than other Cruises, but entertainment not as great. HAL allows smoking on the cabins which is the prime reason I like HAL. Excursions are plentiful but pricy if you book from Hal. On most ports you are better off just going to peer and there is lots of tour operators ...
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Sail Date: February 2015

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

1 Helpful Vote


Missing Events

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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Iris5383

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This was the 11th cruise for my husband and I, the 9th with Holland America; we are 3-star Mariners. We had a good time, but there were things missing from this cruise that have been normal on previous HAL cruises. Our last cruise was a year and a half before this one, maybe all HAL cruises have changed in that 18-month period. If so, that is unfortunate. 1. There was no Chocolate ...
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Sail Date: November 2014

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)

28 Helpful Votes


Enjoyed our time on this cruise - great cold weather getaway!

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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Bethany Beach

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Stayed at FL Embassy Suites precruise. Always stay there because we like the way all the stores and many restaurants are within 3 blocks each way of the hotel. We learned not to take the huge transfer bus to the port. People sit around the lobby just waiting to be herded on this large tour bus with luggage piled all over the parking lot - takes forever. We take a taxi or a small transport van ($8 ...
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Sail Date: March 2014

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

10 Helpful Votes


Relaxing and comfortable cruise with mostly excellent ports

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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Tabbymom

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

(Please note I put this full review in the HAL boards with many photos.) Mom is a four star Mariner who had cruised for decades. She hadn't been for the last two years due to various health issues that make it difficult for her to travel alone. So I volunteered to go with her (twist my arm) , picked HAL because that was her favorite line, and chose the 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer because ...
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Sail Date: March 2013

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

8 Helpful Votes


Thanksgiving in the Caribbean

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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searanch queen

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Just back from a 10 day voyage aboard the ms Noordam. The ship went from Ft. Lauderdale and back. We had stops in Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, and the ABC Islands with 3 sea days. Over all my husband and I were pleased with the ship. We think the Holland ships are classy. Not to start off with a negative....BUT, the one negative we found (and we knew this going in) was people ...
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Sail Date: November 2012

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite


CRUISING WITH THE OLDIES

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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Mtnlaurl

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

9 DAY SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE ON HAL NOORDAM, March 26 thru April 4, 2012 - The ms Noordam is a lovely ship but the fact is that it caters to an older clientel. I'd estimate age 65+ with many cruisers in their late 70's and beyond. While watching the very entertaining "Marriage Game", one couple said they were married "67 years in July". You do the math. Please don't get me wrong -- I love ...
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Sail Date: March 2012

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite

3 Helpful Votes


Escaping Boredom on the Noordam - Long Review

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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509ers

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

I have written several reviews for CC and I always begin by saying: "There is no such thing as a BAD CRUISE" ..... unless of course you were on the Titanic (or other recent fiascos at sea) The more we cruise, the more we learn about ships, crews, cruise lines, itineraries, entertainment, cabins, etc.... so naturally we are more opinionated. If this were my first cruise... I would say WOW. ...
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Sail Date: March 2012

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

54 Helpful Votes


Great Cruise On NOORDAM

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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LocoLoco1

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Another nice cruise with HAL aboard the NOORDAM on it's 10-day S.Carribean Seafarer Cruise. I don't rate many things a #5. This was close.. Being 50ish, we 2 couples were out to enjoy the sunshine and a few 'Island Experiences' of Snorkeling, SCUBA, and of course...laying around, shopping and having a coupla dozen cocktails. Curiously, we NEVER, ever once waited for a cold beer or cocktail ...
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Sail Date: February 2012

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite

25 Helpful Votes


Disappointed

Review for Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

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simchabayla

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

First, the good stuff. Check-in and boarding were great --fast, efficient. Our cabin was ready and our luggage came at a reasonable time. No problems. Food. Disappointing. We could see the effects of cost-cutting. We did not use the Pinnacle Grill so we can't rate that, although others told us it was excellent. We did have dinner at Canelleto's, the Italian optional dinner choice, which was ...
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Sail Date: December 2011

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

22 Helpful Votes


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