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Old January 22nd, 2010, 10:08 AM
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Any thoughts on the Noordam, good or bad?
We haven't sailed HAL since 2001 on Maasdam. We were impressed then, hoping the food and service and amenities are still up to par...

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:58 PM
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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.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Thanks! Any more comments from anyone?

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Old January 24th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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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?
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Old January 25th, 2010, 03:44 PM
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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!
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Old January 29th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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Noordam is one of the better HAL ships - with HAL you can almost say the newer the better as they seem to have added more and more as each new ship comes out. Noordam arrived in 2006.

She has plenty of public rooms and alternative dining spots.
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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.
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