Cruise a big disappointment
Noordam Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
It was hard to believe the Noordam was launched in 2006. Our cabin looked like something from 1966. Stained carpet, blonde wood from the 60's, a couple of prints hung too high on the walls, a small and dirty verandah, and a bathroom that flooded every time we took a shower. Some of the public rooms were attractive, but windows were dirty, and overall, they looked rather chintzy.
The food offered was fairly standard, but the presentations were lovely. Service was good some nights, slow others, but we adapted with a bottle of wine.
We saw our stewards, whom I named Cheach and Chong, exactly 3 times. I'm sure they work hard, but sometimes the room wasn't cleaned until late afternoon, and the cleaning was surface, not depth.
This was my 9th. cruise and it will be my last with any Holland American ship.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The people we met on the ship.
Cons: Our "superior verandah suite."