Noordam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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2-3 cruises


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2 out of 5

Food very poor

Sail Date: April 20, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

My niece and I cruised from Ft. Lauderdale, Panama Canal all the way to Vancouver, BC.  Although the ship was ok, the food was not in both the M.D.R. and Buffet.  Breakfast was the only meal we enjoyed, however, who "deep fries bacon"?  Did not enjoy their selection of food.  We avoided going to the M.D.R. a few evenings and just had soup and sandwiches in the buffet.  They mixed up our orders a number of times, so while the rest of us dined the other had to wait for their dinner.

Our cabin was adequate but very small.  Upon arrival we found hair on the bathroom foor and the rugs looked like they were in need of a good sampoo.  The last two days of our trip the cabin seward didn't even bother to straighten out our towels, just left them as is.

We had the most enjoyable time at pool side.

A couple of years back we went on Celebrity Eclipse and everything was "Excellent"

I do not think we will travel Holland America Noordam again.


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Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cartagena, Colombia
Seeisng the sights
Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal
Panama Canal Transit
Wow, what an experience!
Exit Panama Canal At Balboa
The descending of the ship was amazing
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Took the Tropical Train Ride & Exotic Mangrove Cruise for 5 hrs. Costa Rica is a lovely place and our Guide was great in explaning all about their country.
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua
Went on the Cortijo El Rosario Estate & Equestrian Show for 4 hrs. Lovely Estate and were served a lunch and enjoyed a show of dancers
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Wen on a 9 hour tour of the Mayan Cosmology & Ancient Ruins. We had Rita as our guide and she was wonderful in explaing everything about their country. I would do that tour again. We had an excellent lunch. a funny thing happened on the way back to the ship...since we were early from our tour the bus driver slowed down to about 40 km per hour as we could not arrive back at port early.
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Went to see the Mayan Tree of Life & Chocolate Disvoery for 4 hrs. Very nice tour. The port was one of the nicest I've seen, very clean and jolly. They played nice music and when our ship was leaving the Navy personnel came out and everyone waved us off. Would definately come back here.
Huatulco, Mexico
Took the La Crucesita & Scenic Drive for 3 hrs. Was not too impressed with this tour as all he did was drive us to a few Vantage Points and on to La Crucesita to visit a quaint town. The church was nice to see. The guide took us to a "Buffet", which turned out to be just a tortillas & beer, no other food to be had! Did not think it was worth the money.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Nice port, however, the ship could not dock at port and we were transported to the dock by life boats, which was a nice experience. Outside of going through a huge warehouse looking for things you might want to buy, there wasn't too much to see, unless you went on a tour.
San Diego, California
Took the Old Town Trolley for 2 hrs. Which took us through Old Town & Coronado, beautiful place to see. would come back again and spend more time just looking around both those places!


The lido made a very nice sticky bun every morning!

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