CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Noordam by larry Southern Caribbean November 4, 2006

This is just a brief summary of our great cruise vacation. We left upstate NY by Amtrak 2 days prior to our cruise. Saw Mama Mia, which was Great. Went to the Stage Deli for lunch, (awesome) and We took our tour of NY. NYC is expensive, but it's fun.

Embarkation went very smoothly at the terminal. Suite guests were called up first at around 11:30am for the usual documentation paperwork. We were escorted and in our room by 12pm and luggage was delivered within 45 minutes. Our suite was 7058,across from the Neptune Lounge which do offer added amenities and great service by the Concierge.

My wife & I have cruised 9 times and 4 of that with HAL. Our Room Attendant was excellent and it seemed that he "spit-shined" the room twice daily.

It did seem that our waiter and Bus Boy were stretched too thin taking care of tables at dinner, but they still did an excellent job and The food was great to excellent. This was the BEST Entertainment HAL has had on our cruising with them.

We certainly enjoyed every show.

Although we have been to most Islands in the Caribbean, we still enjoyed shopping at our favorites, St.Thomas (port shopping) and Barbados.

We will crtainly cruise wih HAL again, but will also look at other cruise lines as long as the ships are not any larger then the Noordam.

Debarkation went very smoothly according to the time frame you select and had no trouble finding our luggage. A cab back to Penn Station and our train trip back home.


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