The Noordam is a beautiful ship

Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

1.0 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 27, 2008
Ship: Noordam
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
We wanted to take our children 19 & 20 years old on the vacation of a "lifetime". The Suite was to die for & the magic/dance show was beautiful. Dinner was a problem everynight. You waited forever on line to be seated & when you finally reached the reservation desk & handed them your reservation card, they reminded you that you were late after you started out on time but waited at least 15 minutes on line in front of the restaruant. The Captain spoke on the loud speaker the first day we set sail & asked everyone to be prompt returning to the ship after the various ports but, if you weren't, no one would be left behind. Guess what! We were left in Puerto Rico with the ship about 50 feet away. When the captain was phoned, he asked how many were left? When we quoted 4, he said "sorry we can't do anything for you." So there we stood in bathing suits & flip-flops left to fend for ourselves. Thank goodness we had a credit card & our passports & were able to book flights, hotels & purchase clothes to wear since everything we owned was on the ship. No one from Holland America ever even asked what our delay was nor did they care. Our taxi had a flat tire & we reached the port 10 minutes late. Before departing other ports, the ship left the terminal after waiting for at least 40 minutes past the desired departure time. The ship staff assumed we were on board but they didn't know for sure because their computer was down. So my advice would be to look into whatever line you are thinking of cruising with, don't believe the cruiselines hype research & study everything about it!!!

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Definately not 4-5 star cuisine

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Lots of choices

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
No one really goes out of their way. Things you may read like complimentary laundry, you need to ask for.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship was very clean & decorated beautifully

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Large, roomy,comfortable. Loved the balcony
3 out of 5
Isla Verde beach is beautiful. Lots of restaruants,bars, hotels,casinos
3 out of 5
The beach was like going to a regular little town lake just okay
5 out of 5
The beach is fun. Lots of cool places to eat , drink, & shop. Natives are friendly
Don't Miss: The coconut cutting guy
5 out of 5
The beach. Parasailing, jet-sking the water is amazing
5 out of 5
Beautiful great snorkeling
Don't Miss: Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville

Pros: The Verhanda Suite was wonderful

Cons: The food was nothing special, the service left much to be desired

Recommends Noordam? No.

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