scs7985

scs7985
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Noordam

November 2015 - Noordam to South Pacific - Australia

Another Great HAL Cruise

Our 5th HAL cruise and 2nd on the Noordam. We were not disappointed. The service and dining on the boat were both fantastic.The Noordam was well taken care of as we saw constant cleaning, polishing, and upkeep. We opted for a suite this time and it was lovely. We used the gym, spa, casino, lounges, and attended all the shows and music we could fit into our schedule.

BB King Blues Club singers were great, offering a wide variety of music. Adagio players in the Explorer's Lounge were exceptionally good. Captain Henk Draper sailed the ship beautifully, knowing when to slow her down to avoid excess motion and when to speed her up.  There was plenty of trivia, music, culinary classes, port talks, and information sessions throughout the 14 days. We could not fit everything in our schedule that we wanted to do while on board.The ports of call were fantastic. Plenty to see, information at each port available for "sight seeing on our own". Shuttle buses provided where needed and everyone we encountered was friendly, helpful and smiling.

See detailed reviews below for each category. We took many pictures, I've shared just a few.

 

 

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Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand - We walked around the peninsula to see Port Chalmers before taking the bus to Dunedin. Lovely walk. In Dunedin, we walked to the Otago Museum and walked around the Octagon, went to the Cadbury factory just to buy chocolate bars. Beautiful Scottish churches.
Akaroa, New Zealand - We went to Christ Church to the International Antarctic Centre. Very interesting. Cantebury Museum was nice also. The bus ride from Akaroa to ChCh was beautiful.
Melbourne, Australia - We went to the National Gallery of Victoria...free admission and a very good museum. Also walked the Royal Botanic Gardens, beautifully displayed, takes a while to walk through but worth it.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia - Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary was worth the ride. We fed the kangaroos and saw Tasmanian Devils, among other wildlife.
Sydney, Australia - Spend a few days, get an opal card and use the trains, bus, and ferries. Easy to get around. Taronga Zoo, Bondi Beach, Walk the Harbour Bridge, and take advantage of the "I'm Free" walking tour that operates every day at 10:30 & 2:30. It meets and departs from Town Hall Square and is very informative and you get a great tour by an energetic college student that knows Sydney like the back of their hand. Tip them at the end for what you think the tour was worth.
Tauranga, New Zealand - We did the HAL excursion Skyline Ride and Luge in Rotorua, very fun. We wanted something different because we have been to Yellowstone and Yosemite.
Napier, New Zealand - Quaint town, we walked around, even walked down to the beach. Interesting Decor.
Auckland, New Zealand - We spent 3 days here before getting on the boat and we are so glad we did. Lovely place and friendly people.
Noordam Noordam - Explorations cafe had very yummy, complimentary snacks each day. The Dive In has great hamburgers and fries. The kiosk on main deck to print out your ship account was a frequent stop for many people so no surprises the last day of the cruise when you get your bill.

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