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3.2

Dreadful ship by grandmastephy

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

This ship Is tired and old fashioned. There was no evening life on board. All bars deserted by around 11pm. Certainly not the life and soul of the party

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Good for the money by arlenecowen

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

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...

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4.2

Ship changing operational day to day basis by lorayship65

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

Would recommend anyone who has never visited NZ it will allow you to see what you would do on land as the ship does not stay long in port for you to explore but all cruise lines do this We were a small group of 4 people

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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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4.1

Lovely New Zealand sampler cruise by maorimate

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam

Overall, HAL did an excellent job. The itinerary was excellent, and the number of sea days was not excessive. I would always like more overnights, but we were satisfied,for the most part, with the amount of time in port. This cruise is a real tease - New Zealand and Tasmanis are gorgeous and fascinating, and the cruise really whetted our appetites for more of these countries.

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4.8

New Zealand is beautiful! by KateSailsAway

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

Best cruise yet. New Zealand is beautiful and the people are so nice.

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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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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

Wonderful South Pacific Cruise by redcliffe

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

Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise - very relaxing! Good food, great entertainment, good service!

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Awesome Trip by sritacco

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

Overall, this was an excellent trip. We like sea days and had plenty of them. Ports were good for the most part, with some better than others. Food, crew, staff and atmosphere on the ship were superb. HAL is more like cruising should be instead of the mega-ships that want to bring amusements and the town atmosphere to sea instead of emphasizing the cruise aspect.

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4.5

Approximately the last 10 days the ship was on lockdown due to the Norovirus by seve2kev

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

I was disappointed by the lack of protocols on dealing with the norovirus. I had heard from a friend who took the ship back to Sydney and they never did lift the protocols they finally put down on the cruise I was on

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5.0

Excellent Alaskan cruise by crottirm

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

Definitely recommend this Alaskan cruise on the Noordam. The ship, staff, and service made this trip a wonder Memory

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3.3

Glacier Bay spectacular. Citizens of Juneau not at all friendly and sometimes rude. by miguel01

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

You get what you pay for. Low end cruise Ok for the money

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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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It was OK not exceptional not poor by bocathill

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

Except for our experience with you medical personnel and the embarkation process it was a good cruise.

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4.1

Fourth cruise to Alaska by JanRotwo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Noordam

It was good.... we love, love, Alaska. We plan to take our fifth cruise to Alaska in the coming years.

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Amazing experience in Alaska by Mastel

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

Our family of 4 went on the cruise from Alaska to Vancouver, something I had wanted to do my entire life growing up in Alaska. I moved away to college 30 years ago and then on to the East Coast. I went back with my family so they could see it with me. The scenery and cruise far exceeded all of my expectations. It was my first cruise and I had heard various thoughts on cruises in general on various cruise lines and destinations. This cruise was excellent in every way, on the ship and off. I recommend it whole heartedly to everyone.

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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

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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Cruise was good. Quality of HAL not quite what I expected by sergiokapusta

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

We have cruised extensively. This was our 5th HAL cruise. Compared with previous cruises, I think that the overall quality of HAL was lower. Food at the main restaurant was disappointing, both in quality and selection, especially lack of vegetarian options. The restaurant was 1/2 empty for the late seating. Perhaps other guests also found the food not very attractive. Staff were helpful and attentive, but there's little they can do to improve the food. Haines is a poor choice for a visit. Skagway is where the action is. There are many tour choices at each city along the cruise. We found the selection great, prices more reasonable than through reservations, and the quality good with only one exception (the hike and float in Skagway).

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