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Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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10 Night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 27, 2008
Ship: Noordam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The Noordam was a beautiful ship and the service on Holland America is fantastic from the room stewards to the dining room stewards. The meals were excellent.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
The island itself was beautiful but beware of arranging your own taxi. We negotiated with a taxi driver named Yankee for a tour of the island and a visit to a beach for $80 for four people. After touring the island and stopping at the beach he demanded his beers be paid for at the beachside bar and on the way back to the ship he insisted that we pay him $120 plus tip. We did neither and paid him the $80.00. It was a bit scary driving with him after he was intoxicated and obviously had been smoking up as well. It would be advisable to book your tours through Cruise.com or Holland America.
3 out of 5
All the prices were in Euros so people didn't bother buying anything. Because there are so many US cruise ships stopping at this port, they would be well advised to have prices in US $s as well. The natives again were not friendly.
5 out of 5
The beach we visited was beautiful but taxi drivers were fighting over fares and swearing at each other in front of the customers. The mood amongst the natives was quite ugly.
5 out of 5
Half Moon Cay is always a favourite. Unfortunately there were two ships there at the same time making the beach very crowded but luckily there were not a lot of people in the water which made it nice for swimming.
5 out of 5
This definitely was the best port. The people were friendly and the beach was awesome with beautiful views on the drive there. We negotiated our own taxi and although he couldn't pick us up at the end of the day, he did send someone else to do so.
1 out of 5
Port was dirty including the water

Pros: The Ship and the Service

Cons: The mood on the islands seems to be changing with exception of Tortolla. The natives are not that friendly to the tourists. The other things about the trip we didn't like was having a crying baby at the 8:00 pm dinner sitting

Recommends Noordam? Yes!

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