Noordam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

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4 out of 5

First time on HAL - Very nice trip - We will be back

Sail Date: March 20, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise on Holland America Line (HAL.) We are a middle-aged (55 & 60) long-term (20+) gay male couple.  We had heard that HAL was for "older" people, and had a reputation for being "stodgy", but what we found was a more mature behavior, a bit more formality, and we liked it.  A better class of people than we have seen on other lines.  Even though we usually keep mostly to ourselves (we're not outgoing,) when we were out and about, we were treated with complete dignity and respect.

The decor on the Noordam was understated elegance.  The food was the best we've had on a cruise.  We especially appreciated the made-for-you items in the "buffet" restaurant.  And the itinerary was fantastic.  I really love warm, sunny, clean, safe tropical beaches and I was not disappointed. Half Moon Cay is a treasure!  And Cayo Levantado in Dominican Republic was a nice surprise.

The only minor complaints...

Why *DO* they close the pools and hot tubs so early?  Why do they close them at all?  Other lines don't.

There were not enough shore excursions on Curacao and Aruba, and they filled up very early. Even just the "Beach Escape".  Book the first instant you can!

While the Noordam is beautiful, it's showing it's age.  I'm sure that will be remedied during its April 2016 dry dock.

Alternative dining was not available as often or as long as we would have liked.  Too often, we would return from a shore excursion very hungry, only to find most things closed.  And full dinner only from 6-8 PM???

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Need more choices in Curacao and Aruba
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Grand Turk Island
Samana, Dominican Republic
Cayo Levantado
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Willemstad, Curacao
The port/town was little too industrial for my tastes
Oranjestad, Aruba
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Castries, St. Lucia
Soufriere, St. Lucia
Bridgetown, Barbados
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Nice beach
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Megan's Bay!
Nassau, Bahamas
I hate this port. Ugly. Panhandlers. Only an excuse to sell you on "Atlantis" rerosrt.


Book shore excursions early!

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