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  1. Am considering this cruise in late September and would just like to know a little about the itinerary, how the seas were, and a general review from folks that have made this journey or a similar one. Thanks for any info provided. Dave 🦝
  2. We are looking at booking an Alaskan 14 day cruise tour for June/July 2021. They have the same itinerary. Which ship would you choose? Thank you for your input!
  3. Marella Cruises announced today that it plans to retire the 1984-built Celebration, aka Noordam. The ship was built in 1984 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique for Holland America Line and sailed under its brand through 2005, when she was moved to Thomson Cruises, which eventually became Marella. I am sure many of us have fond memories of sailing on her and her sister ship, Nieuw Amsterdam. Another classic liner gone but not forgotten.
  4. Does anyone know where she is. Latest update on vesselfinder is march 24.
  5. I'm on 16 April noordam sailing it's supposed to stop isle of pines pago pago both these ports are shut hal tells me in a generic way we will stop there Noordam is stuck in nz Vancouver ultimate destination is shut As sailing is 2 days after resumption out do i play waiting game or just cancel I'm not to keen on spending 16 days straight at sea
  6. Seached every review and couldn't find for these rooms. Does anyone know if they have plexiglass wall on the balcony? Also, do they all have a small TV by the desk as opposed to across from the bed (we've only been on the Eurodam and it's big flatscreen is across from the bed). Any pictures of these rooms? Taking a cruise from Seward to BC in late June. Thanks.
  7. We have just returned from the Noordam 14 night (4-18 January 2020) cruise around New Zealand. Our children attended Club HAL (7-12 years) and The Loft (13-17 years). This cruise took place during the Australian / NZ school holidays and, prior to travelling, I struggled to find information about cruising HAL with children (particularly in the Southern hemisphere). We had a wonderful time and I wanted to share information that might help others. I have posted a blog that includes many photos of the Club HAL and Loft daily program guides, as well as many of the When and Wheres and menus. Hopefully it will be of interest / help to others! https://bonjourn.al/journal/124230-new-zealand-2020
  8. We will be sailing on the Noordam to Alaska in May 2020 and were very excited that the ship went into drydock in fall 2019. There have been conflicting reports re how much was done in the staterooms. Apparently suites got a pretty comprehensive refit, but has anyone stayed in a Veranda VA cabin after the drydock? Wondering if bed linens and drapes are as shown on HAL website or still the older (orange/reddish) ones. This will be our first trip on HAL and we are really looking forward to it.
  9. Does anyone who has recently sailed on Noordam know haw many Gala nights there are? i looked under "Know before you go" but was unable to locate the answer>
  10. Just wondering if anyone knew if the Noordam will be going to dry dock on September 29th as previously scheduled or has it been rescheduled again. Also does anyone know what will be done to her? Our family is sailing on her next year so we are curious. Thanks!
  11. As promised, I am starting a thread about the current ship I am on. In this case it is Noordam, fresh out of dry dock for the last two weeks. First impressions are good. Embarkation: I arrived at Canada Place a little after 10:30. Luggage drop off was fine, but it was a bit of a hike to the elevator to get to the cruise ship level. Once on the cruise ship level we got in the line that would eventually take us to the waiting area to board. Although the line was long it kept moving and I was sitting in the waiting area to board about 11:15. Boarding started about 11:30 with an announcement that cabins wouldn't be available until noon, but that lunch was immediately available on the Lido Deck and would begin at noon in the MDR. I arrived at the Dive In just in time to place the first order. The taco bar was set up and ready to go. Bar service was quick. So far I haven't found the WiFi for the ship, but not a big deal at this point. More later Rich
  12. We have booked Neptune Suite 6175 on the Noordam for an Alaskan cruise in May 2020. My mother is handicapped so it is nice that we were able to book an accessible cabin. There is very little information available about how this suite is set up. If possible could someone please post pictures or video of the suite's layout? Thanks!
  13. We are about to take our first HAL cruise in November, and I'm still trying to sort through some of the choices/options that may (or may not?) be available to us. We'll be on the Noordam in a Neptune Suite, and I'm trying to figure out if Club Orange overlaps with perks/etc., that we'd already have with Neptune Suite, inclluding what is available in teh Suite Lounge. I guess the first question is whether the Noordam even has "Club Orange"? Things that would matter to us include soft drinks (Diet Coke - but not "soda fountain" dispensed); bottles of San Pellegrino sparkling water; and a variety of specialty coffees such as lattes and cappucinos, along with regular coffee at times. Having those beverages with our meals (in the Dining Room, or when dining en suite, which we'll probably do some of the time) would be nice as well. We probably would not care for perks/packages that include alcoholic beverages, as what we are most likely to drink would be nicer wine by the bottle (including some we carry on board and pay corkage) Many thanks! GC
  14. Hi All, My wife and I are looking at taking the Noordam, May 2020 to Alaska. We have a courtesy hold good thru 11/14 on cabin E1120, which we now know is under the galley and not recommended by posters here. We already have an Alaska trip booked with RCCL for that month which we can still cancel. We want an unobstructed ocean view room and it looks like those are only on the Main Deck, 1. We don’t see any on that deck that look ideal given the promenade is above you. That leaves moving up to a Veranda room, which we could do, but we were trying to avoid that. So the question is....Are there any good ocean view rooms on the Main Deck, or is that a deck we should avoid? FYI... we aren’t novice cruisers. Both in our early 60s, very fit and active. Been cruising with RCCL & Princess for 30 years. Thought it might be time for something different Thanks in advance Bob
  15. Does anyone know i!f there are power outlets over the nightstands on the Noordam? Last trip we needed an extension cord for a cpap. Thanks
  16. We will be on the Noordam 12/7/19 cruise from Sydney to N.Z. I have been reading very negative reviews about the Noordam...saying she is very dingy and service is horrible. We were told that the Noordam is due for a 2-week drydock refit in September. Does anyone know what they can do to update the ship in just 2 weeks?
  17. I was wondering if anyone had been aboard Noordam since her 2 we refit of suites and cabins which took place the first 2 weeks of October 2019. If so, would you please post any pictures you may have and your thoughts?
  18. Hi all! You helpful Cruise Critic members helped me decide on an Alaska cruise and currently HAL best suit our timing and itinerary. I thought I was ready to book on the Koningsdam then noticed that there was an identical itinerary for Noordam that departs a day later. I understand the Koningsdam is a larger and newer ship, although the larger entry level suite size and cheaper cost are tempting me on the Noordam. I'd really value any opinions on people who have travelled on one or both of these ships and would care to share their thoughts.
  19. Has anyone heard what upgrades the Noordam will receive during her dry dock this fall? All I can find is that she is supposed to be in the dry dock from late September until the middle of October. Just not sure what they are going to be doing. Thanks.
  20. I have a couple of questions about deck 10 balcony rooms. Are these covered balconies? Also, do they have the see through glass? Debating these versus a balcony on 6 or 7. Thank you!
  21. We are getting ready for our first cruise on HAL, and I'm wondering what to expect in terms of being in a Neptune Suite. We realize that we won't have traditional "Butler service" as we have had on Oceania and some other ships. But that's not a problem. On Hurtigruten, there wasn't even any room service at all, and we had one of our best trips ever. But we knew that in advance, so our expectations were pretty accurate. In fact, Hurtigruten definitely exceeded our expectations, but that's probably because we focused on the word "ferry" about their ships. I think DH really was almost expecting something like the Staten Island Ferry! 😱 (And what we mostly have "used" the Butlers for on other ships was to enjoy room service meals, especially on busy days. We didn't use them for much else anyway.) Any comments about the ship more generally, particularly compared with Oceania's two larger ships, would also be very welcomed. We are not big on entertainment or booze. We're "there" for the relaxation, enjoying the ocean (feel and sights) and also the ports, of course. In case it matters, this trip will be on the Noordam, from Auckland to Sydney. If there is a pointer to specific pages on the HAL website about Suite perks, that would be appreciated. We are very much looking forward to this trip, especially because we have our eye on some other HAL cruises specifically! Many thanks! GC
  22. Three of the Vista ladies are in Juneau - two of them for the last time this season. Oosterdam will be at the FKL dock from 1300-2100. She will be doing a trip to Hawaii and some short cruises to the Mexican Riviera before heading back to FLL on January 18. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200. She will be heading down under on the 13th of October after a drydock in Victoria. Westerdam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2200. She will be back next week for her final appearance. Also in port is Norwegian Bliss at the AJ dock from 1430-2300. The forecast calls for steady rain in the morning and showers in the afternoon. The high will be 53F/12C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:47 am and sunset at 6:51 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam in one week - October 1.
  23. Oosterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2100 and Noordam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2200. Also in port are Bliss and Joy doing their last Norwegian shuffle of the season. Joy will be at the AJ dock from 0700-1330 then Bliss will take her place from 1430-2300. Tuesday should be the nicest day of the week with only a 10% chance of rain and mainly sunny skies in the afternoon. High should be 63F/17C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:31 am and sunset at 7:12 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Thursday (no HAL ships on Wednesday ☹️).
  24. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Also in port are Eclipse at the AS dock from 07:30-2000, Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 1100-2100, and Crystal Symphony at the FKL dock from 1300-2200. Showers are back in Juneau (60% chance) with a high of 61F/16C and a low of 50F/10C. Sunrise is at 6:20 am and sunset at 7:26 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Volendam and Amsterdam on Friday.
  25. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1000-2200. Also in port are Golden Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1700, Seabourn Sojourn at the AJ dock from 0800-2200, and Star Princess at the AS dock from 1230-2215. The forecast is calling for a chance of "a shower or two". High will be 61F/16C and a low of 45F/7C. Sunrise is at 6:03 am and sunset at 7:49 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Thursday.
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