I sailed the Noordam a year ago and the ship looked BRAND NEW. There were CONSTANTLY workers touching up paint and scrubbing decks, etc. We had a deluxe verandah suite and as always the service was EXCELLENT. The food was good - I would not go so far as excellent there, but I just got off of a Princess cruise and I'd say the same about their food. Anyway, I would highly recommend the Noordam. Enjoy your cruise!