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Noordam Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 52

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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13 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney To Auckland)

Sail date: February 01, 2020

Ship: Noordam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8051

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Noir dam is a good size ship, not too big. A chance to meet and revisit with many passengers. Clean and well maintained. Service was very good. Biggest flaw was the food...


3 out of 5
There was a fairly long line but it moved quickly. Was not told that a Mariners were allowed to go into a shorter line which we would have been able to get into. Our friends were sent into that line even though they were not Mariner members

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Pinnacle a Grill was excellent, Canaletto was a wonderful experience BUT the main dining room was mediocre at best. Our first night I had to send my dinner back as it was totally mushy, salty and cold. The Dining Room Maiter D’ came over. We spoke about the food. He took my name and Cabin number and said he would Check on our table and food quality but never did. Other nights, the steaks were cold, over cooked food and most night everything tasted very salty. We were a party of 6 and all of us were disappointed in the food. Also, the choices began repeating very soon into the itinerary. My husband and I have been on many cruise lines and felt that the food on this cruise would cause us to think twice before choosing Holland America again, even though it was my mother’s favorite line. on our

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Fitness center was good sized. Had a reflexology massage which was fine until the masseuse tried to up sell me on products and more treatments.


3 out of 5
The Australian comedian/singer was great, his name was McMahon. The female singer was okay but not very good at her impersonations. The crew shows were good but very similar and repetitive. Cruise host, Chris was not friendly or very visible throughout the cruise

Children's Programs

No children with us

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Cabin Stewart’s were very good, waiters were good. Not always an assistant with the waiters in the dining room which made the service slower and less complete. Never asked if we wanted a drink, other than alcohol.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very nice smallish ship. Easy to get around. Nicely cared for.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved the double sink. Had some plumbing problems the first couple of days but after the second plumbing complaint, it was resolved. Room size and layout was good. Large balcony was very nice.

Ship tip

Eat in specialty restaurants! Dining room not that good

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

4 out of 5
Loved this city. Did not use your e cursions

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5
Went on on outside excursion to Mt Wellington, animal sanctuary and waterfalls.

Cruise Milford Sound Did not visit port

Very disappointed in missing the sound!

Cruise Fjordland National Park Did not visit port

Again extremely disappointed in missing this. Was to be one of the highlights

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

3 out of 5
Very cute town. Used local tour operator

Akaroa, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Went to Giant’s House on our own

Picton, New Zealand

3 out of 5
Cute small town

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Did the Cable car, Te PaPa Museum and wharf As well as the Botanical Gardens on our own

Napier, New Zealand

3 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Went to the Geothermal Maori Village, kiwi orchard, and much more using an outside tour company,

Auckland, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Used a local tour operator


5 out of 5
All went quickly and efficiently
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