We sailed on the Noordam in November to the Southern Caribbean for 10 days. We had a suite and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The itinerary was Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, Dominica, Curacao and Aruba. The ship is in excellent shape. The food was good, I would not say great. Our room service breakfasts always arrived on time and hot. The Pinnacle Grill was excellent (we ate there twice). The staff does a very good job of keeping the staterooms ship-shape. Our friends sailed the week before us and also had no major complaints that I've heard. Happy hour drinks in the Crows Nest and Ocean Bar every evening from 7-8PM were a good deal. I would recommend the Noordam.
We've only ever sailed HAL once -and that was the OLD Noordam on one of her last cruises in 2003. The food and service was excellent. The new Noordam looks very impresive and we're looking at a 10 nighter to the S. Caribb. which has a fantastic (IMHO) itinerary. We're anxious to hear more about the ship-anyone?
Splendor of the Seas 1997
Regal Empress 1998
Sovereign of the Seas 2003
Princess Sun 2006
Princess Sea 2007
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!
Noordam is a gorgeous ship with a great crew. She is the fourth in the series of Vista ships and HAL really got it right with her. Whatever mistakes they made with the first three Vistas was corrected by the time Noordam was built.
She and Maasdam are our two favorite HAL ships. Love 'em both.