Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

likes and dislikes

Sail Date: November 24, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.




Ship Quality
mattresses not very comf.
Food and Dining
except at Half moon key: very bad
Service and Staff
udah Gurring and our room steward Lu and partner
some artists should be banned
Cabin / Stateroom
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Grand Turk Island
when there is another ship in port , tyhe beach is very crowded and service at some bars not very good.
Samana, Dominican Republic
Kralendijk, Bonaire
snorkling is great
Willemstad, Curacao
visited Hato Caves ... great experience not for the claustrophobic however... but not that bad .
Oranjestad, Aruba

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