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Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 24, 2014
Ship: Noordam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 4118
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

All in all  you can't go wrong with HAL.

 But this cruise wasn't as nice as the previous 8 ones.

 Samana is a turn off because the ship is anchored a mile off the land , ...if there is rough water, you're in for a ride .  If you don't have a trip booked with HAL, you're going to be the last to get aboard the tenders might very well take more than 3 hours .. so don't book an excursion on your own as a group of us did... This fact wasn't known until we got there... which to me isn't  transparent or  a sign of  respect for HAL cruisers.

 Dinning room  and service is always top k noch  and the food is always very good.

 One aspect we didn't like this time was the lunch on Half Moon Key.Not up to HAL's reputation for good food.

 get the tender and go to the lido and comeback to the island for the rest of the afternoon.

We hope this will help the company make some changes  and the future cruisers.




Food and Dining

5 out of 5
except at Half moon key: very bad


3 out of 5
some artists should be banned

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
udah Gurring and our room steward Lu and partner

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
mattresses not very comf.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
1 out of 5
when there is another ship in port , tyhe beach is very crowded and service at some bars not very good.
5 out of 5
snorkling is great
5 out of 5
visited Hato Caves ... great experience not for the claustrophobic however... but not that bad .
5 out of 5
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