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A good time by JoeKnows

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

overall a very good cruise and a great value! Staff was very nice and accomodating. Captain was not very visible but I guess this ain't the Love Boat. Still...no presence at gala night that I know of. I felt rushed out of my room on debarkation day by steady intrusions at my room by staff. I get it that staff needs to turn the room but that's not really my problem. Don't rush the staff so much or hire more staff!

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Relaxing return from Hawaii vacation by Plesenski

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Hawaii

This was a very relaxing cruise because of the amount of days at sea. Perfect way to wind down after we spent a week in Hawaii in a rental house.

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OK Cruise by eldog

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Hawaii

We were disappointed with this cruise after taking a HA cruise to South America. This ship was much larger but there were not much to do aboard except eat and shop.

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Great Itenerary but worst ship ever!! by jbjr40

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Itinerary was GREAT but will never book traveling on the Noordam again and even considering not traveling Holland America Lines again!!! You can tell Carnival has taken over!!

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Reasonably good by WongSeeWai

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Quite enjoyable overall as I was traveling with family members. Good food, very good services, but there were not many activities on board which I like. Felt bored when on sea for long time. The soft bed is the worst part of the whole trip.

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Great vacation! by SergioK

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

We celebrated our wedding anniversary on board. The restaurant staff made a special cake for us, and sang an Indonesian song for us. We had dinner with the Captain and wife, which was one of the highlights of all our cruises. Thank you, Captain Draper! The cruise was excellent, just what we wanted. In retrospect, we liked the sea days just as much as shore days,We may be more. A few of the ports of call were far from the main attractions, which meant paying for excursions and spending lots of time on buses. I would have preferred fewer stops, more sea days, and possibly an overnight at one of the main cities, like Wellington, Melbourne or Hobart.

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Awesome Cruise Experience by trmanus

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

After this cruise, we are looking forward to the next cruise experience, perhaps Alaska or something in the European arena. Personnel on the trip were professional and every surface was cleaned and cleaned again.

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Wonderful Cruise! by Jill1950

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Absolutely wonderful! Loved the ports, so much to see and do! Wish for more time in a couple ports. Would have enjoyed more ports in Australia. We had great weather which made a huge difference.

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Not my favorite cruise on Holland America Cruiseline .. Alaska by iosberg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

One of my more disappointing cruises with Holland America Cruiseline!!!!!!!!! Would hesitate recommending Holland America to my friends and family!!!

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Nice, relaxing cruise by elliootjr4333

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

A nice, relaxing cruise. It was a definitely an older crowd. We're in our 30s and we felt like some of the youngest people on the ship. So don't plan on partying all night on the cruise.

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Best Alaska itinerary by TwoDapperGents

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Alaska is a fantastic itinerary -- not to be missed. Holland America has excellent excursions and shore relationships that, I think, make it the standout choice. You'll find the crowd on board about what you'd find at a theme park or Vegas -- anxious to relax, not interested in dressing up, and traveling with the entire family in tow.

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Spectacular Alaskan Cruise by shirkeyj

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

This trip made me want to go back. I would even go back on the same ship which I don't like to repeat trips. Alaska is fabulous and changing all the time.

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Excellent Alaska by sya138

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Entertainment poor schedules and the show too short, and piano lady only playing sound with peoples tips and buy her CD. The television was old fashioned.

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Terrific Alaska Cruise by eli64357983

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

The weather was just fantastic for our early July cruise. Fortunately for us this was following three weeks of rain for all the prior cruises. Weather can cancel your excursions which is unfortunate, but you would rather that than waste your money not seeing anything or worse put yourself in danger. It's expensive to go to Alaska, but well worth it if your looking for tall mountains, wildlife, and great seafood. Also consider the land portion for those that really want to get closer to the animals and see more of them.

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Great ship, great cruise! by Cruiser7469192

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

The ship was very clean and the staff was wonderful!  We enjoyed getting to know our kind and lovely waiters, and we found all the ship's staff to be helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.  We especially loved our day in Glacier Bay, with a knowledgeable and interesting park Ranger on board providing guidance on what we were seeing.  Loved that the captain turned the ship's engine off so we could enjoy the sounds of the glaciers!!

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Alaska cruise by curtisruby

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Drink package was nice.  room was good.  enjoyed food.  pinnacle grill was good.  dessert wasn't great.  love chocolate melting cake that other ships offer.

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Review of cruise by bweidner

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

itinerary was great.

Could have used a wider variety of activities on sea days, as well as more variety day to day on the Lido menu.

Room stewards were awesome.

Bar staff could have been nicer.

median age of passengers was retired and up.

 

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Great Cruise by janicedoyle

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: Transpacific

Food was excellent, crew and staff were very friendly and always smiling. Our room  stewart and restaurant servers called us by name and always had time to talk with us.

 

It would have been nice if the Noordam had a movie theatre.

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Average by kousiyuan

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

This cruise was "fine".

Not exceptional, certainly not the best I've been on; but fine.

HAL ships always seem to be clean and orderly, well laid out and fairly easy to navigate. I appreciate their concern with health and the omnipresence of hand sanitizer. The food is solid, and the staff is generally very friendly and helpful.

The ports of call on this itinerary aren't the most exciting in the world, but certainly interesting if approached with the right attitude. Much more about culture, history, and lifestyle than anything overly thrilling or magnificent. Overall, I'd say this cruise is one of the most low-key I've been on.

Was incredibly disappointed that we were only able to cruise one of the three featured Sounds (Dusky) in the Fjordland National Park due to severe weather conditions. I understand no one can control the weather; but it was nonetheless a big disappointment, as that was perhaps the part of the trip I was most looking forward to.

 

Areas for improvement:

- The notably limited hours for general food availability on the Lido was a constant frustration. Holland America easily has the most restrictive food availability of any company I've cruised with.

- Internet connectivity continues to be a severely limiting factor in cruising. I understand satellite-assisted wifi is an ever-evolving field, but cruise lines need to increase investment in this area. Personally, I would probably cruise at least 3-4 time more frequently than I do now were I able to have access to consistently reliable Internet connections at a reasonable price.

- Bathroom electrical outlets -- need to be more accessible.

- Entertainment -- easily the most mediocre of the five cruises I've been on (the piano singer was especially bad!)

 

Highlights:

- The dining room staff was exceptional, as usual!

- The hydropool and thermal spa were great, and the spa staff were terrific. I especially appreciated that only once following my three spa treatments was I push with a not-so-hard sell to buy product -- big improvement over past cruises. (If I'm going to spend more money at the spa, I'd rather just book another treatment -- upsell me to that!)

- The variety of trivia events each day was a hit with my family, as was the considerable movie library available for check-out on sea days and evenings.

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Over rated and over charged by jmtews

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

The buffet dinning area - most of the meat items were over cooked and dry as a bone- people came early to get good seats and stayed long after eating making it difficult to enjoy dinning. Many food items (left-over) are served the next day in a different fashion.  There was no mention of Alcohol limited to bring on board in either your info or Holland America's info until we were in Auckland so several bottles were removed from our luggage and returned at the end of the cruise.  The was a 15% surcharge on all drinks purchased on board, $4.00 for a bottle of water (crazy)!!! Not piping most of the announcements into the staterooms made it hard to keep current. Visa for Australia was to be $35.00 on board purchase there was an additional $16.70 fee for New Zealand???  Several ports we had to pay for transportation to the city center.  Holland America has to step up to the plate.  I have been on many river and ocean cruises where you can bring alcohol   on board and they save free beer and wine at all meals and water is always free!! Thanks but no more on this cruise line!!!

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