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  1. olya1972

    Condition of Noordam

    We have sailed on HAL only once, on Oosterdam, just as it came out of dry dock in May 2016 to Alaska, SA Suite. I just came across what seems to be a very good itinerary for 8 days to Alaska from Vancouver, round trip, on Noordam. I started reading about the ship and found many comments about it being in need of upgrades, but planed refurbishment is being postponed. In fact, it appears that the very cruise I am looking to book is a newly scheduled cruise in the time slot earlier designated for that refurbishment. To those who recently been on Noordam, what is your opinion of the ship vs Oosterdam. We sailed NCL Breakaway, Gem, Dawn; RCCL Alure, Explore, Grandure, Rapsody; Celebrity Equinox and similar ships. That said, we liked Oosterdam very much. Is Noordam a ship for us or would it be a great disappointment compared to other ships I have listed? As much as itinerary is important to us, the condition of the ship is just as important. Thank you all who will reply.
  2. Noordam is in Auckland today. Do you recognise the ship sharing the wharf? It is Albatros which was originally the Royal Viking Sea.....one of the 3 Royal Viking sisters. Noordam is due to leave at 5pm and her place will be taken at 7pm by Pacific Princess who is on her world cruise and who is arriving early due to missing a call in Tonga and skirting around a cyclone.
  3. We are looking at a cruise tour package that includes a 3 night and a 7 night cruise, and a land package in between. Its Alaska based, on Holland America, on the Volendam and the Noordam. Only one TA has it, I can't find the individual cruises listed, I am wondering if anyone has ever done one of these? Maybe the agency books the entire ship? They apparently do a lot of business for American Express also. The price is good, not overwhelmingly great, but there are some nice perks and the itinerary is good. We would appreciate any input.
  4. This cruise video highlight link will take you on a journey to some of the most tropical unspoilt Pacific islands both on the surface and under, plus a tour of the Noordam. Warm up and enjoy the cruise! https://youtu.be/9InwcX1SoaU
  5. Hello everyone We are on the Noordam leaving Sydney 14 January 2019. We are arriving in Noumea on 25 January, does anyone know which cruise terminal it will dock. I know there are two, previously on RCI and Celebrity we have docked around by the port terminal and had a shuttle to town. Does anyone know if it docks in town. Also, anyone catch a taxi near the cruise terminal. Many thanks.
  6. Am currently booked for an Alaskan cruise on the Noordam next June, staying in cabin 5073 on deck 5 and thinking of switching to inside on Observation Deck. The balcony cabin we are booked in now has the smaller balcony and the lifeboats sticking out directly below. I am second guessing myself that I will not like this set up. Are the balconies too small (we usually sail Carnival..would it be comparable to a regular Carnival balcony size?) Are the lifeboats jutting out below bothersome to your view or just plain enjoyment of the balcony? The insides on the observation deck would be very convenient to the Crow's Nest and just stepping outside onto the Observation Deck...also handy to Lido Deck (and we would save roughly $1580). There are 8 of these K category insides and none have been booked yet. Has anyone had one of these cabins? Wondering if there is something unfavorable about them since none are booked yet?
  7. Ashleamarie

    Noordam Greenhouse Spa

    Hi there, Anyone on the current Noordam cruise? What price are the charging for the Greenhouse Spa Retreat Pass? We really want to do it when we sail on the 22nd! Thanks Ash
  8. Where is Noordam? Is she still down under ?
  9. Hi y'all! We took our first Alaska cruise in 2015 on the Crown Princess. We want to go back, but are considering HAL because the itineraries and rooms look better. I'm sure this has been asked before, but which ship is better, Eurodam, Noordam, or Westerdam? I've heard that the lido deck lunch options aren't all that great but I'd love more input on that. On the Crown, we had several great choices for lunch. We only ate in the MDR for dinner, but that was because it was so amazing there was no reason to go anywhere else. Pros/Cons on any of those 3 ships?
  10. We're booked on the January 23, 2012 sailing after being away from Holland America for several years. We have reserved VA 6162. I understand that Holland has made some recent changes in their smoking policy and prohibits smoking in cabins and in certain public areas. On some recent reviews I was concerned to read that several posters referred to very smokey conditions in the casino and pool area. We have been sailing recently on Celebrity ships and have enjoyed smoke-free conditions in most public areas including the casino. I guess I just assumed when I booked Holland that it had followed these contemporary society changes with regard to smoking but it seems I was wrong, if I am to believe these reviews. Gambling is a big part of my crusing experience and I spend several hours each evening in the casino at the blackjack tables. If I am surrounded by smokers at the table it becomes unbearable. I would appreciate hearing from those who are non smokers and who have sailed recently on the Noordam and spent considerable time in the casino. My hope is it is not as bad as I now think it might be. We have until Nov 8 to make our final decision before penalty.
  11. In just about fifteen hours and change we will be boarding the ms Noordam in New York City. It seems only fitting that this much loved ship will host a wedding on her last trip from New York. We have a large group of excited Cruise Critics aboard for this voyage numbering around 70. We have been wondering who our captain will be, if anyone out there in Cruise Critic Land has an inkling we'd love to know. Our eight port stops include Bermuda - Funchal, Madeira - Lisbon, Portugal - Cadiz, Spain - Casablanca, Morocco - Barcelona, Spain - Monte Carlo, Monaco -Livorno & Rome. Our bags are packed, all that is left to do is prepare a care and maintenance list for our two dogs, Rebel and Binky. Tomorrow is a big day for us, our wedding cake incidentally we be designed to look exactly like the Noordam, very excited to see how this turns out. Then it's off on a great high seas adventure aboard our beloved Noordam. I look forward to reporting in from from the Atlantic with a daily scoop. Jonathan
  12. We are currently on the Noordam for 29 days. Food at the MDR and Pinnacle grill have been excellent as well as the service. Outside of ship is well maintained. Common areas look like they have been refreshed recently. All are nicely done. As usual cabin stewards are excellent. Our Cabin is another story. Small table in room is cracked and faded. Balcony furniture is fraying badly. Cushions for balcony furniture are faded and covered with white paint. Glass on balcony is filthy. Edge of balcony is rusting badly. This is our 18th cruise on Hal , have never complained once, but will send them comments on this.
  13. Had a choice between flying to Rome to cruise Nieuw Statendam in Rome on 12/05 or fly to Australia on the Noordam. It was quite a toss up with DW, but decided to head, down under for a nice 15 day cruise, which will be the longest cruise we will be experiencing. We have done several HAL cruises, will be one cruise short of getting our 3 star Mainer status. Of course, just a rookie by most cruisers standards. Flying from PNW to San Francisco, then a long 15 hour journey to Sydney. It will be DW and our youngest daughter, who also has racked up some HAL cruises. Will be staying in a VC stateroom, though DW has been spoiled in the Suites, especially the Neptune. In sure we will be spoiled as usual by the HAL staff. Haven't had a bad cruise on HAL, and don't expect this one to be different. We will be doing the 07 Dec 15 day Sydney roundtrip, was hoping if there was any tips on excusions to any of those islands.
  14. Will be sailing on the Noordam on Nov 8 from Auckland. When I search for images of the balcony cabins, most pics show old cabins with a dusty rose worn couch. However, on the HAL website, they show a more updated look with beige and brown tones. What should I expect in about 10 days.
  15. Anyone out there sailing on this cruise? This will be our first Alaskan cruise. My wife and I are sailing on the Noordam with the added 14 day double Denali land tour. Hope to hear from others sailing on the Noordam on the 12th. Any hotel suggestions in Vancouver would be welcomed! Jim
  16. greatnitz

    Noordam Balcony Cabin

    Hello all, Planning a Northern-bound Alaskan cruise on the Noordam for next summer. If you had to pick between an Aft, Port or Starboard balcony cabin, what would you recommend? I see there are a couple of aft cabins available on deck 8 and very little on the starboard side. Logic tells me that since I'm going north, I want to be on the starboard side so that I can see the coastline. What's everybody's opinion? Thanks, Darren
  17. NSWP

    Noordam upgrade

    I read somewhere that Noordam was to receive an upgrade in 2018. Did it happen? If so, what was done? Thank you.:*
  18. getting ready to splurge on a Alaska cruise Y1L with Holland.... trying to decide on our cabin .... Should we do aft or midship? Have cruise from inside to balconies on previous cruises both on RCCL and HAL Always love being midship but heard if we could snag a aft on a Alaska trip we should do that I’m also thinking splurging to Neptune Suite... this is a special trip... just trying to balance things Help
  19. Hi We are considering booking on the Ms Noordam cruise to the South Pacific Islands on 14 January 2019, can someone please tell me if there is free male and female steam and sauna's onboard, as this will influence our decision? I have also been told that the ship is badly in need of a refurbishment, is this correct? Many thanks
  20. Sunday, September 30 Vancouver, BC, Canada 4:00pm Monday, October 1 At Sea Tuesday, October 2 At Sea Wednesday, October 3 At Sea Thursday, October 4 At Sea Friday, October 5 At Sea Saturday, October 6 Honolulu, Oahu, HI 7:00am Sunday, October 7 Honolulu, Oahu, HI 5:00pm Monday, October 8 Kona, Hawaii, HI 8:00am 5:00pm Tuesday, October 9 At Sea Wednesday, October 10 Cross International Dateline (Cruising) Thursday, October 11 At Sea Friday, October 12 At Sea Saturday, October 13 At Sea Sunday, October 14 At Sea Monday, October 15 Apia, Samoa 8:00am 5:00pm Tuesday, October 16 At Sea Wednesday, October 17 Suva, Fiji 8:00am Midnight Thursday, October 18 Dravuni Island, Fiji 8:00am 5:00pm Friday, October 19 Lautoka, Fiji 8:00am 5:00pm Saturday, October 20 At Sea Sunday, October 21 Lifou, New Caledonia 8:00am 5:00pm Monday, October 22 Mare, New Caledonia 7:00am 2:00pm Tuesday, October 23 At Sea Wednesday, October 24 At Sea Thursday, October 25 Sydney, Australia 7:00am 6:30pm Friday, October 26 At Sea Saturday, October 27 Melbourne, Australia 8:00am Midnight Sunday, October 28 At Sea Monday, October 29 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 8:00am 11:00pm Tuesday, October 30 At Sea Wednesday, October 31 At Sea Thursday, November 1 Milford Sound, New Zealand (Cruising) Friday, November 2 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 9:00am 6:00pm Saturday, November 3 Akaroa, New Zealand 8:00am 6:00pm Sunday, November 4 Picton, New Zealand 10:00am 8:00pm Monday, November 5 Wellington, New Zealand 8:00am 4:00pm Tuesday, November 6 Napier, New Zealand 7:00am 2:00pm Wednesday, November 7 Tauranga, New Zealand 9:00am 6:00pm Thursday, November 8 Auckland, New Zealand 7:00am
  21. I am considering going on the Noordam in early July. I am readinr that it is very dated and shabby. Does anyany know if it will be refurbished anytime soon?
  22. Ashleamarie

    Noordam VH category room

    Hi everyone, Have been reading a lot on the boards and have gotten myself a bit worried! We booked a verandah room where Holland America chooses our room. So on our booking confirmation this is a VH room. My question is has anyone stayed in one? It’s our first time cruising and I’m worried that our views will be obstructed? Thanks 😀
  23. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. This will be our last HAL ship in on a Thursday. Another nice day in Juneau with a 0% chance of rain. The high will be 63F/17C and the low 37F/3C. Sunrise is at 6:38 am and sunset at 7:02 pm. Also in port are Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 0700-1315 and Regatta at the AS dock from 1300-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Volendam on Friday.
  24. Westerdam will be at the CT dock and Noordam at the AS dock from 1300-2200. Tuesday's weather will not be any better than Monday's. There is a 100% chance of rain with a quarter of an inch predicted. High will be 55F/13C and low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:49 am and sunset at 6:48 pm. The only other ship in port is Norwegian Bliss at the AJ dock from 1400-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Tuesday, October 2. For the addicts: The FLL sail-away season begins on October 17th but there will be some HAL sightings before that. October 3rd - Zuiderdam in New York City from 0700-2000. http://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ http://www.portnywebcam.com/ October 15 - Volendam in Aruba from 0800-2300. http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ October 16 - Veendam in Port Canaveral 0800-1700. http://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/ (I will post these again next week.)
  25. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1000-2200. Another day with a 0% chance of rain. The skies will be partly cloudy with a high of 65F/18C and a low of 45F/7C. Sunrise is at 6:21 am and sunset at 7:25 pm. Also in port are Star Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1600, Regatta at the AJ dock from 0900-2200, and Emerald Princess at the AS dock from 1230-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Thursday.