Noordam Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
12

4 out of 5

Great Cruise

Sail Date: August 09, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We recently sailed on the MS Noordam with Holland America for its ignaural Mediterraen Season - our first cruise experience, our first trip to Europe and our honeymoon. It will be an a trip we will remember for a life time. The ship was clean, staff was friendly, food was great - we enjoyed everything. From the nightlife to the shore excursions everything met or exceed our expectations. Stateroom was great and recommend spending the extra $$ for the veranda as its nice to have you own private area as you sail into ports or to have breakfast in your room and sit outside and relax and enjoy the sea or the ports your in from your private veranda. Great ship - definitely sad to depart.

Pros: Service and Staff

Entertainment
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Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Malta
Enjoyed being able to get off the ship and the town was right there - people were great - don't miss the cathederal.
Naples, Italy
Have to try the pizza!!
La Goulette (Tunis & Carthage), Tunisia
interesting stop - you really need your negotiation skills as you barter for everything in this stop.
Naples, Italy
Have to try the pizza!!
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
If you can't get a shore excursion make sure to get up early and you can take a train from Livorno to Florence - very reasonable or a cab to Pisa.
Barcelona, Spain
Great - so much to see and do - worth a trip back. Enjoyed the bike ride shore excursion.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Beautiful - if I win the lottery this is the place to be.
La Goulette (Tunis & Carthage), Tunisia
interesting stop - you really need your negotiation skills as you barter for everything in this stop.
Malta
Enjoyed being able to get off the ship and the town was right there - people were great - don't miss the cathederal.
Barcelona, Spain
Great - so much to see and do - worth a trip back. Enjoyed the bike ride shore excursion.
Palermo, Sicily
Did not do any excursions but explored the city on our own. In this city and several others such as Barcelona where the cities have hop on and off tour buses at area attractions so if you can't get a particular execursion because they are sold out this is a good way to the cities.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Beautiful - if I win the lottery this is the place to be.
Palermo, Sicily
Did not do any excursions but explored the city on our own. In this city and several others such as Barcelona where the cities have hop on and off tour buses at area attractions so if you can't get a particular execursion because they are sold out this is a good way to the cities.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
If you can't get a shore excursion make sure to get up early and you can take a train from Livorno to Florence - very reasonable or a cab to Pisa.


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