Thanks so much for your reply. I just got notice that we got a post cruise layover in Rome. I am so happy for that. The itenerary for the Noordam looks very ambitious. I do have a bum heart, but I am not gonna let that get me down. Do you have a list of tours offer by HAL? I looked at HAL's website and could not find a list of tours offered. I did buy the Lonely Planet book "From Istanbul to Cairo" which is chock full of info.
I appreciate you tips re: Istanbul. How much time will you have there?
Have you heard the Noordam was dry docked in spring 2000. Not sure if it was mechanical repairs of if some refurbish work was done? Have you heard about any of that.