Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

what does it mean to be part of a crowd?

Sail Date: November 27, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

For the money the cruise ship is worthwhile. the ship is comfortable,reading and "relaxing" areas are commendable and pleasant.The entertainment in the evening is a couple of steps ahead of being amateurish, but the Filipino and Carribean band on board meets international standards---enjoyable and conducive to a relaxed evening of dancing. Drinks are a bit overpriced, the internet rates are exhorbitant, Wi Fi is not yet available in the many staterooms.On small matters the line tends to cut corners at times ( no tailor on board to do basic alterations, CNN is the only TV news source on board ( BBC is not available),sales events are presented as " seminars", promotional items are pushed nonstop) but the staff and crew are easily available, pleasant and forthcoming.

Pros: service is fine, food can be excellent...or not, cleaniliness of facilities is obvious

Cons: stateroom was a hole in the wall...could not put a standard chair into facilities

Recommends Noordam? Yes!

Ship Quality
Look for last minute prices and discounts...these can be negotiable
Cabin / Stateroom
my stateroom was roughly the size of my bathroom at home, despite my having been upgraded. I think that the facility was an emergency room for staff but made available to me in a soldout ship.It was noisy too at times
Service and Staff
Outstanding performers of any kind were not on the ship.
There were no talks about the areas visited by knowledgable people...local personnel gave "informative"lectures instead--- taken from standard guide books.
A band of 7 people does not sound like a big band.
classical music offerings left much to be desired...for many reasons.
what instructions?
Food and Dining
Often excellent choices are available for dinner. Once in a while, usually after the 3rd day into the cruise, mediocre food presentation or preparation is offered ( the sushi bar is a case in point)

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