Wonderful cruise & ports of call
Noordam Cruise Review
Review summaryWe had a great cruise & enjoyed visiting such great ports from Sydney to New Zealand. The crew & staff of the ship made it a special experience. Ship had to institute safety protocols due to norovirus, on day 2 of our voyage which lasted the rest of the trip. Only downside of the cruise but the staff & crew handled it well. Thank you to Lexie, the wonderful club HAL staff member who was fantastic with our kids! Also to John who was a friendly & outgoing bar staff who always made a point to say hello to our family & entertain our kids with a magic trick. Our kids nicknamed him Johndini....after Houdini :) Room stewards were also very friendly, helpful & accommodating. While this cruise line seems to generally accommodate a more mature age group, our family was made to feel welcomed & appreciated by the staff & crew of the Noordam.
Food and Dining
Vista Dining Room
Excellent service & staff. Excellent presentation & delicious food every time. Thank you
My kids loved attending the kids club & a special thank you to Lexie who was the staff member responsible for our children while in club HAL. She was a joy to talk to & our kids were always asking when they could go back to kids club to play card games with her or just to hang out & watch movies or do just dance. Our cruise had only 7 total children on it with our kids being 2 of the 7.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Watch for the happy hours on the ship. The time & places change sometime daily. If you want your kids to enjoy kids club & you want to see a show without them make sure you select the early dining time. Weird tip from my kiddos.....If your kids like the veggie sticks & ranch dipping sauce appetizer on the room service menu you can order more than one order & have them put on one plate. (1 order is small) it’s also not on the late night room service menu so cutoff for this is 9:30pm ;) If you miss the charm bracelet deal of the day at the time listed in the planner, you can go to the shops & they will let you purchase it later in the day too or even sometimes the next day for the same price.