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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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Default Review of the MS Noordam 2010

10-DAY MEDITERRANEAN ALLURE 2-12 August 2010 HollandAmerica Line

We experience a consistent quality every day about service, information, food, hygiene, kindness and amazing teamwork between crewmembers.
Embarkation on the MS Noordam was smooth and quick, they provide us with cool drinks and cakes.
The safety drill onboard of the MS Noordam was this time without life jacket and quick finish. From the first alert signal everybody knows where to go, leading by crewmembers fast and orderly to the right direction.

Two things which was disturbing, HAL decide for the first 48 hours onboard not allow self service on the Lido because of earlier outbreak of the Novo virus on 2 of their ships. Although it was a little unpleasant we could understand the reason of this decision but it should be solve on a better way. This time we also discover a lot of maintenance onboard like painting and grinding on decks between cruisers, this is should be don after cruise in a dock and not during a cruise.

The Soda cards have been change, the price is $25 but you get credit for $50 that means you can order 22 cans incl. service charge.

The shows in the theatre has been much improve with a professional sing and dance group with very professional décor, scenery and costumes a must to see.

During the cruise we get a message that the port of Rome (Civitavecchia) has raise it's price with $6,11 per person and will be added to the bill. But on the end of our cruise we get a surprise with $50 discount on our bill, a nice gesture of HAL.

The first day's we get a bit rouge sea because of some thunderstorms far away.

More about this review with pictures and video can be read on my weblog.

**edited to remove commercial link
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