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Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 27, 2008
Ship: Noordam
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 9 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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)


3 out of 5
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?

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Look for last minute prices and discounts...these can be negotiable

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
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

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!

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