Just returned a few weeks ago from an Eastern Mediterranean cruise on the Noordam. We didn't want to leave the ship! It was so beautiful. And all the staff we met were so friendly. Every meal we had was delicious. Some were truly amazing! (King crab where they crack the legs open for you and cut away most of the leg shell so all you do is have pick out the delicious meat?! The lobster, they remove from the shell for you tableside as well! Delicious!). The Pinnacle Grill food and service were both as good as any five star restaurant at which we have dined (and we have dined at some both in the United States and abroad). The ship tours were organized, and informative. We enjoyed the three Holland America tours we went on, and thought they were a good value for the money. We also went on two tours organized through outside tour companies (before we left home) and did two ports "on our own." We love to dance, and enjoyed dancing in the Ocean Bar every evening. We were just sad they closed down so early. Booo hiss. But we very much enjoyed the shows we attended (the magician "Mysteriaque" was amazing, as was Beverley Davison the "violinist diva"). Jenny and the HAL cats were very talented and we enjoyed listening to them several times during "sail aways" and dancing with them a couple of evenings. The crowd on the ship was probably 50% retired folks, but the other 50% was very varied - everyone from young newlyweds in their early 20s to couples in their 40s with their children to everyone in between. The children we saw all seemed entertained and happy, and were all very well behaved. The ship is beautiful, the staff goes out of their way to make you feel cared for, and to keep your room and the common areas clean and inviting. The cabins are very large and ours had plent of space to store our four suitcases full of clothing for a 10 day trip (with 3 formal nights!). The spa was nice, if pricey (aren't they all!). I would definitely recommend this itinerary and this ship to anyone looking for a beautiful and interesting vacation (if you take in all the ports of call and "do them" to their fullest in the time you have, it is not a very relaxing vacation, though, be warned! we were exhausted!).
Unforgettable Mediterranean Adventure
Sail Date: August 01, 2009
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff, beautiful balcony, ports of call
Cons: The laundry service lost one of my favorite blouses
Recommends Noordam? Yes!