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5.0

Wonderful cruise & ports of call by nnvangie

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Noordam

We 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.

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Another Great HAL Cruise by scs7985

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

Our 5th HAL cruise and 2nd on the Noordam. We were not disappointed. The service and dining on the boat were both fantastic.The Noordam was well taken care of as we saw constant cleaning, polishing, and upkeep. We opted for a suite this time and it was lovely. We used the gym, spa, casino, lounges, and attended all the shows and music we could fit into our schedule.

BB King Blues Club singers were great, offering a wide variety of music. Adagio players in the Explorer's Lounge were exceptionally good. Captain Henk Draper sailed the ship beautifully, knowing when to slow her down to avoid excess motion and when to speed her up.  There was plenty of trivia, music, culinary classes, port talks, and information sessions throughout the 14 days. We could not fit everything in our schedule that we wanted to do while on board.The ports of call were fantastic. Plenty to see, information at each port available for "sight seeing on our own". Shuttle buses provided where needed and everyone we encountered was friendly, helpful and smiling.

See detailed reviews below for each category. We took many pictures, I've shared just a few.

 

 

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4.8

The crisp and amazing Alaska by beachgirl26

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

The hospitality of the crew member with MS Noordam were exceptional. The crew member were very friendly, courteous, hard working, knowledgeable, and professional.

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4.3

Beautiful Glacier Cruise by cruisefan82

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Noordam

Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking sights, especially Glacier Bay and the lovely port Haines. It‘s a cruise to enjoy the impressive nature.

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5.0

HAL + BBC by SvetlanaS

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

It was awesome surprise for all of us to discover BBC on board. Real treat to see all master classes, films and even day activities with BBC themes. HAL service was top noch as usually. I gave a week pass to the the thermal suite as a b-day gift to my sister and one for myself - that made our trip extra special. Heat treatments on Alaska , nothing can beat it. :)

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4.5

Great Australia and New Zealand Cruise by jeffnDenver

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

This was a bucket list trip for us and we were not disappointed. New Zealand is a very scenic country and all of the locals we met were very warm and welcoming. Enjoyed Australia as well and are very glad we had four full days to explore Sydney before the cruise began. The Noordam is a midsized ship that is getting older, but the recent refurbish gave the ship a newer feel (we also sailed on the Noordam in 2014 and it seemed more worn at that time).

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4.8

Do it! Go see Alaska! by NB0414

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

This was our first cruise (one of us doesn’t love being on water- prefers to fly everywhere), but we are world travelers and have definite levels of expectation for our vacations. Excellent cruise - staff and crew on the Noordam were wonderful and friendly. Our children loved Club HAL. Happily surprised at number of children and young families onboard after reading prior reviews. Food Allergies (gf/df) were well taken care of in Main Dining Room without any issues, giving us tremendous peace of mind. We have both heard horrible stories about the long lines for activities and food on mega ships and never stood in line more than 2 minutes anywhere on Noordam. Church services daily, priest and rabbi onboard every cruise. Naturalist speaking in Crow’s Nest was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone. We completely enjoyed everything and will talk about this trip for years to come!

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4.8

Totally relaxing transpacific crossing! by AllaBo

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

The ship was lovely, fellow passengers considerate, the seas calm, the service good, the food delicious. What could be better than that?

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5.0

A fantastic cruise. I want to do it all again by Kajabo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam

For our first cruise it has made us want to do many more. Well done to all on the Noordam in achieving this. Keep up the great work.

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2nd Time Holland Traveller by dvoigt

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

Embarkation at Vancouver was tedious and not very well organized.  The rest of the cruise was as advertised with only minor hiccups along the way.  The rest of the trip/cruise was uneventful.  Second time on this same itinerary.  Really enjoyed the service provided.

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4.7

Wonderful cruise by lyla261

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

The cruise was very good ,the Captain.crew and everyone was very friendly,ports of call excellent,traveled with my granddaughter and a great time was had by all ,good group of 16,17 year olds on board, Thank you ms Nooradam and HAL

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4.5

Great Alaska Cruise! by richrodjr1961

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

HAL is top rate on this ship and itinerary. The crew and staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Highly recommend this itinerary!

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Alaska Cruise by slching

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

It was a good cruise. Ship needs some updating. The staff was very friendly.

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The Down Under Experience by gletterman

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

The scenes, cultural experiences, and tours of the islands generated wonderful memories.  We would recommend this to anyone who would like to gain knoweldge about the history of this area of the world and learn about the lifestyle of the people living there.

 

The size of the Noordam was ideal for this trip because of the various size ports we visited.  The ship staff was very good at meeting the needs of the passengers. The ship was very clean but was beginning to show the need for a remodel in areas like the staterooms.  The BB King's band was super and we enjoyed watching them several times a week.  The entertainers in the Vista Lounge were, as a group, average for a cruise ship. 

 

The open seating for dinner worked well for us.  The wait staff was very good and there was no waiting to be seated.  The variety of the food and the quality was very good.  I did not feel the need to attend a specialty restaurant to have a good meal.

 

Most of the passengers were of retirement age but having a cruise of 27 days limits the population able to take a cruise of this length. 

 

I would definitely cruise on the Holland America Noordam again but I would probably wait until it is remodeled. 

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4.3

Better then I ever imagined. by bowen1963

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

For our 1st cruising experience, Holland America has set the bar extremely high for any future cruises.

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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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3.1

Great voyage on a basic entertainment ship by ezeluc

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

Great cruise, nice excursions in ports. But better take some good books when doing this cruise on the Noordam. They will not be able to entertain you on board for a week.

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3.9

Spectacular by JDonker

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

The overall experience was excellent. Definitely a bucket list must. The only downside was the over selling of items, coffee, extra dining items and specialty restaurants etc.

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5.0

Post pot Alaska is not as great by TysIdaho

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam

It was sunny every day of our cruise and it was stunning.

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4.8

Excellent Cruise!! by LuanneS

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

This cruise was amazing! Everything was wonderful. Ship is a little dated but very clean. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Wish all my cruises were like this one!

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