Noordam Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

A nice experience

Sail Date: August 15, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Suite

i liked that one pool was designated to families only. the HAL club is a great. it was a nice ship but a bit too large for my taste. Be aware that service charges or tips are automatically deducted from your account at the end of the cruise. this adds up to 10usd per day per person. Be sure to make adjustment at the end of the cruise if you wish to choose your own tip and to whom it goes to. you need to request a form in the last 24 hours of the cruise only from the main desk.

Pros: the deluxe cabin suite with concierge service made everything easy.

Cons: limited hours for kids club when in port.

Recommends Noordam? Yes!

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
the only reason to be in Katakolon is for the visit to ancient Olympia. this was an interesting excursion.
Don't Miss: olympia
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Ephesus was the site to see. be sure you book a tour that allows you time to wander on your own. otherwise you are just rushed thru and around major sites. take time to walk around the market streets of kusadasi
Don't Miss: ephesus and go to the market streets of kusadasi.
Santorini, Greece
very croweded in summer. be careful if you take the mules up to the town center as we qued a long time and once we paid 5usd for the mule we wound up walking up two switchbacks anyway which scared the kids and myself. you can get stepped on by the large animals and need to be careful. it is not organized and hit or miss who you get to take you up. i was also sent up alone with a guide to make my mule go so it took way too long.
Don't Miss: take the cable care and go if you like to shop otherwise the views are worth it.
Corfu, Greece
nice town, lots of french architecture. i took the excursion to Albania with the hydrofoil which was an interesting day all in all. visited a greek/roman port town in ruins.
Don't Miss: albania will be the next seaside holiday spot after croacia but needs lots of work to get there.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
a must see city. do the walk around the city walls and take notice of all of the new roof tiles. this shows how much was destroyed in the recent attacks on this beautiful city.
Don't Miss: walking the wall, although it can get very warm in summer the view are worth it.
Messina, Sicily
went to Toaramina by bus which was a gem of a city.
Don't Miss: toaramina and the ancient theater.
Valletta, Malta
take a taxi to the town center or you walk about 30 - 45 minutes up hill. okay if it is not 90degrees. the view from the ship was the best overall as it is a beautiful port. the people were not very friendly and i did not get a smile from anyone...odd. took and excurion to the beach whch was nice but 40 min in an old bus.
Don't Miss: port views

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