Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises

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1 out of 5

The Noordam is a beautiful ship

Sail Date: February 27, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

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!!!

Pros: The Verhanda Suite was wonderful

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

Recommends Noordam? No.

Food and Dining
Definately not 4-5 star cuisine
Entertainment
Lots of choices
Cabin / Stateroom
Large, roomy,comfortable. Loved the balcony
Ship Quality
The ship was very clean & decorated beautifully
Service and Staff
No one really goes out of their way. Things you may read like complimentary laundry, you need to ask for.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The beach was like going to a regular little town lake just okay
Grand Turk Island
Beautiful great snorkeling
Don't Miss: Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The beach. Parasailing, jet-sking the water is amazing
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde beach is beautiful. Lots of restaruants,bars, hotels,casinos
Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I.
The beach is fun. Lots of cool places to eat , drink, & shop. Natives are friendly
Don't Miss: The coconut cutting guy


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