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Noordam Cruise Review to South Pacific

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Reviews: 6
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Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
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Noordam

40 Night South Pacific Australia & New Zealand (Vancouver To Auckland)

Sail date: October 13, 2019

Ship: Noordam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5110

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, this was an excellent trip. We like sea days and had plenty of them. Ports were good for the most part, with some better than others. Food, crew, staff and atmosphere on the ship were superb. HAL is more like cruising should be instead of the mega-ships that want to bring amusements and the town atmosphere to sea instead of emphasizing the cruise aspect.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth. Excellent.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Superb customer service, food great.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Great lecturers (Kess and Wright)

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great Holland America dancers and singers. All of the entertainers were excellent to outstanding.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great customer service, friendly staff, efficient. Most excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well maintained and in great shape.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean, comfortable with plenty of storage space, power outlets and large screen TV with all the programming.

Ship tip

Applies to any ship: Be kind to other passengers by coughing/sneezing in your sleeve and contiuously wash your hands. Treat the crew the same way you would want to be treated.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Lots of things to do in the area from outdoor to shopping. Public transport is good and inexpensive.

Honolulu, Oahu

5 out of 5
Many things to do and public transport is good and inexpensive.

Lahaina, Maui

5 out of 5
Nice port. Too touristy for us.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

5 out of 5
Ok, but too touristy.

Pago Pago, American Samoa

4 out of 5
Small, poor island. Took local tour to get a flavor of the island.

Cross International Dateline

5 out of 5

Dravuni Island, Fiji

5 out of 5
Small, isolated island with great beaches and some hiking.

Lautoka, Fiji Islands

4 out of 5
City not great.

Lifou Isle, New Caledonia

4 out of 5
City ok, but not cup of tea.

Isle Of Pines (Ile Des Pins), New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Hiking to Nga Pic was great. Nice beaches.

Noumea, New Caledonia

4 out of 5
Big city. WWII museum was excellent and very inexpensive.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Great city with tons of things to do. Got of ship here and spent 2 full days getting around the city and seeing things. Free city tour was great.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth and quick.
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