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noordam alaska cruise by meanmomma3

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

I was disappointed in the ship...it was ok but not grande....Never saw the captain..............Lots of extra expenses for entertainment on the ship...Food was ok...expected better.  The lido buffet was avoided due to the set up...no organization...guests all over the place...no body steering the crowd....rude rude rude guests.....

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Alaska Cruise and Land Adventure by Cruiser48138

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Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska

The cruise up the Inside Passage aboard Holland America's Noordam, stopping at various ports for all day shore adventures, returning each evening to dine in fabulous restaurants on ship, enjoying various activities on board and finally retiring to our cabin was an extraordinary experience above anything I even imagined. Our 14-day land adventure was equally amazing. Holland America personally guided our stays, transportation and excursions.  Topflight hotels and chalets plus luggage handling gave us the freedom to relax and immerse ourselves in the beautiful scenery and excursions. 

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Our Alaskan Cruise was Wonderful by FromMtnstoSea

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

What makes this different from other cruises is that the scenery is awesome every step of the way. On other cruises, you enjoy the ship and ports of call. On this cruise it is all about what you are seeing as you cruise.  It was truly incredible and I think a cruise is the best way to experience Alaska. We did also enjoy the land portion as well. 

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A Great way to check off a line from my Bucket List. by aemry

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

Being a first time cruiser, I have nothing to compare the cruise with.However, I feel Holland America knows how to make the Alaskan Cruise a special experience.  I cannot say enough about the staff. They were friendly, informative, accommodating, efficient, and provided impeccable service.  The food throughout the ship was great.  The dining room menu was creative and provided something for everyone. The buffet, too, had a wide selection of choices. Check out the burger at the poolside grill!  It is as good as any at gourmet burger restaurants.  My spa experiences were equally as good.  It was obvious the ship's captain wanted to showcase the Alaskan landscape and was an excellent wildlife spotter, important for an Alaskan cruise. The entertainment is overall OK, but loved the band in the BB King Blues Lounge and the Piano Bar entertainer. Besides, we were tired in the evenings from shore excursions and cruise activities.  The reason I cannot give the cruise 5 stars is there was a mechanical issue with a part of the ship (non-navigational) and it cost a nearly an entire day of the cruise/excursions.   I am looking forward to cruising again.

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Good sailing! by Cruiser73226676

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

We had a good time.  We were disappointed in our balcony as people around us used the balcony to smoke therefore impacting our ability to be in a smoke free area.  We did share our concerns with the staff but we were told people had a right to smoke on their balconies.  Unfortunately it impacted us. The cruise amenities were otherwise grand.  This was our second cruise different ship, stayed in the same type of room, veranda balcony and this room was much smaller and more cramped.  However we had plenty of space for things and you don't spend a lot of time in your room.

 

The food was improved from our first cruise, it was outstanding Happyand the opportunities were plentiful for activities for our 13 year old granddaughter

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First Alaskan Cruise by phyllisd721

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

Ship and connections were great.  I asked you to ma and  sure I had an extension cord for my c-pap machine,  Had to wait for them to locate extension cord.  Also, I told you  it was my birthday on July 21.  It was not recognized at all by the crew or dining staff.  Very disappointed.

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Review of our trip to Alaska by passlab

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

Our favorite part of the trip was cruising Glacier Bay - the magnificent scenery 

throughout the trip.  When I reflect, there were many favorite things.  I enjoyed swimming in the pool.  We enjoyed the food which was excellent.  We enjoyed meeting people from all over the world.  The entertainment was good. We especially enjoyed the classical music.  We enjoyed just resting - watching the ocean and mountains  Captain Bos was excellent - very thoughtful and kept us informed of the schedule, wildlife sites.  The service and crew were pleasant, considerate.  I could go on and on.  We truly enjoyed the trip and look forward to another one some day.  What would I change?  Its hard to think of anything.  Mabe more vegetarian options for food as we normally don't eat meat.  

but again, thankyou!

Jennifer and Tony Yeow

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Wonderful Alaska cruise and land tour by lenoxlady

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

Our Holland America cruise to Alaska was a wonderful experience.  The staff could not have been more attentive. From the Housekeeping staff to the Front Desk to the Dining Room staff, everyone went out of their way to pampered us. The Dining Room Staff made certain to provide us with the seating we requested and the Menu had many options to satisfy every palate.

Alaska is a must see for those who love the beauty of nature. The ports of call were well chosen. Glacier Bay National Park was incredible.

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Near Perfect! by mflabbee

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Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

What a great itinerary!  Just enough time in ports with a stunning ending at the Glacier Bay National Park.  The crew was absolutely fabulous--nothing was too much trouble.  A wide variety of adult activities (i.e., no hairy chest contests), and some good entertainment.  Fellow passengers were a variety of young and old. There were some children on board, but they were few and well behaved.  The food ranged from very good to wildly outstanding.  Of note was the "Dive In", a hot-dog and hamburger hub by the Lido pool.  I normally limit myself to one hot dog a year, but had 5 on this cruise!  Addictive!  The sticky pecan buns at breakfast are sure to develop a cult following.  My only (and I mean small) complaint was dinner at the Pinnacle Grill.  The food was good, but not great.  A small flaw in an otherwise perfect experience.

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Good food, good service, HAL as usual. by Travelot

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

The food was very good and our verandah cabin was more than adequate.  Not often you get a full sized bathtub these days.  The cruise was a typical itinerary and we followed or were followed by a Princess ship and a Crystal ship from port to port. Three days in three small, dreary ports were too much for a seven day cruise.  Entertainment on board was minimal.  For a ship some ten years old, the Noordam is in remarkably good condition and the public areas are quite upscale even today with marble floors, glass and brass.  Very nice lounge areas, gaming area, and quite seating nooks.Happy

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Noordam Alaska by sddrills

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

Lovely ship, very clean. Food was better than other cruise lines that we have been on (NCL, RC) Only complaint was that the latest you can be seated for dinner is 9PM and the mealtime hours were shorter than we have been used to on other ships.

The spa was nice, but the gym was filled with dated equipment many with non-working monitors, or no monitors at all.

The Staff and crew were terrific.

All in all we had a wonderful vacation on HAL

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It was a well planned and well executed trip! by Cruiser150568

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

The cruise was the beat part. The land portion was great also. We did an on line review with Holland already and we let them know the 2 weak points on the land area. Two of their lodging experiences were very disappointing! One was a Hilton property and the other property was Holland's. The Holland property should be completely razed and rebuilt.

I would recommend this whole experience with the exception of the two locations.

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Seward to Vancouver on Noordam by gwstefo

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

Overall very good, bus from Seward to Anchorage was over 3 hours, rainy and foggy (it IS a rainforest) but pleasant. Cruise was a blast, go on the pub crawl! Shore excursions were great, saw orcas, whales sea lions, glaciers, eagles etc.       

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Busy Schedule by formerhusker71

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Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Started out with a land journey.  All our research recommended this option.  Agree it was best choice.  Cruise portion much better orchestrated than the land portion.  Enjoyed warm, sunny Alaskan weather all but one day of cruise.  Activities and entertainment were good. Food was good with some nights having too many great choices that were not repeated.  Possibly due to hectic land schedule,  7 days did not allow us to get into the relaxed rhythm as we did on previous cruises. Glad we did see Alaska in it's finest.      

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A Trip of a Lifetime! by Cruiser194

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Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

This was our first cruise and boy what a cruise it was!  The ship was amazing!  The service was over the top!  The weather was perfect!  There were many times I was just taking it all in and had tears in my eyes because I couldn't believe I was really in Alaska and being able to experience the beauty of the Last Frontier.  Our cruise planner took care of every detail and then some.  I would highly recommend taking an Alaskan Cruise in your lifetime.  Granted we were very fortunate to have wonderful weather for our cruise; but even in typical Alaskan drizzle and clouds, the sights will still be wonderful to see.

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ALASKA FIRST TIMER by cthrnshaw

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Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Overall, the organization of the whole cruise + land was excellent. Luggage was handled efficiently and arrived as per plan. Lodgings very good except the Anchorage Westmark hotel was a little old and run down. Dock positions were excellent compared to the competition, and land excursions worked well.

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North to Alaska by elton761

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Ship: Noordam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Food and weather were top notch...pedicure was best ever....line for tea was to to long. ..embark in Vancouver was a cluster no signs in city and itinerary were to go needs in providing ...

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Long air time for cruise by wlmason

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

The organized embarkation & disembarkation made the cruise enjoyable from beginning to end.

Cruise staff did not burden passengers with constant announcements.

Room service was the difficult to work with.

 

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good cruise, wrong information by klvdp58

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

I enjoyed the cruise, unfortunately I received incorrect information about a couple of very crucial parts of the trip that caused much unnecessary stress.  When I called with questions/help they were always very helpful and kind, unfortunately they didn't always give me the correct information.

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Excellent service and excellent food. by crotcha10

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

The service from the Noordam staff was outstanding! 

 

95% of the food was outstanding.  The bread, desserts, and pastries were gourmet.  Steaks were not the highest grade of beef and tended toward overcooked. 

 

The room was well maintained and the view from the balcony was great. 

 

The fitness center was small and too hot - about 76 deg F.  Minimal free weights and few stationary bikes. 

 

Shore excursions - especially ziplining and snorkeling were awesome! 

 

BB King Blues Band was outstanding.

 

Onboard activities tended toward an older, sedentary, affluent crowd.  Would appreciate more onboard activities for younger, active folks.

 

Alcoholic drinks were expensive and the selection of bourbon and scotch at the medium to higher end were very limited.

 

 

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