I have recently booked a cruise on the Noordam and I have been reading alot of cruise reveiws on this ship. Many of the review seem to conflict each others.
This will be our second cruise, last year we sailed on the QE 2 thru the Panama Canal. We loved the ship even if we were in steerage, food was great, very formal atmosphere.
This year we decided to book a two week carribean cruise on the Noordam. We will be in a B catergory cabin on the Sun Deck. Has anyone sailed on the Noordam recently? Do many gentleman wear tuxes on formal night? How is the food, I've read that it's not very good, and that the ship has alot of vibrations/noise problems.
I would appreciate any information you can share.
The ship has always had vibration problems, but that never bothered us and we have sailed on her many, many times, but not recently. The vibrations are felt more at the stern of the ship. You will always get pro & con reviews about any ship. Go have a great time.
Yes, men do wear tux on formal nights and I think they look so great - if a woman takes the time to get all dressed up, so should the men.
If you have a B level cabin on Noordam, you will be very pleasantly surprised over a "steerage" cabin on QE2! And HAL really maintains their ships! You'll find many men in tuxes on any HAL ship, and an upscale atmosphere. As far as vibration, I wouldn't say it's much worse on Noordam than other older ships, and if you're in a B cabin, you'll never notice. I also cruise Princess and Celebrity (who'll say their food is best), but IMHO HAL has the best menus and food at sea - was on Mercury last month and many nights wished I had a HAL menu to choose from. But I haven't even mentioned the BEST thing about HAL - their crews and service! Exceptional!! Don't miss the crew show - while HAL's entertainment is very good, the crew show is always my most favorite of the cruise. Enjoy your cruise!
We have cruised on the Noordam twice - a 10 day Rome to Lisbon in Nov, 2000 and another 10 day Istanbul to Rome in May, 2001.
The service was excellent, the food was great. Since Nov, 2000 was the beginning of a lot of crew contracts, many of the same dining room staff were still on the ship in May, 2001. They even remembered us, our dining room habits, and stories from the first cruise.
The ship is well maintained, very intimate, and small enough to recognize most of the passengers 'faces' by the time the cruise ended. You will be very pleased with your category B room. Unfortunately, any room below a C category on the Noordam has twin beds which cannot be moved together. This was a surprise on our first cruise, so the second time around we booked a category C and sleeping arrangements were not an issue.
I especially like cruising the Noordam in Europe. In Europe there are many 'full day' tours, so there are not many on-ship activities while in port. The ship begins it's it's activities in the evenings. Amazingly, the casino was not 'jumping', but the shows were excellent and well attended.
Sailing the Noordam brings back the 'cruising of the old days' (very similar to your QE2 experience).