We were looking forward to cruising across the Atlantic, April 15, 2006, on the new Noordam as we had sailed on the old Noordam. We had become acustomed to the Martinis on Celebrity Cruises and were very disappointed in the obviously water downed drinks on board this ship.
This was a BIG BAND cruise but only had one small BIG BAND which was not very good. The food in the dining room was decent but not of the same caliber as Celebrity or the previous Noordam. The staff in the dining room was not very skilled at service and we rarely saw the wine steward. The specialty restaurant on the Noordam was excellent, the European service staff looked after us very well.
In closing I will look elsewhere before booking with Holland America again.