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MS Noordam

Noordam Overview

Noordam

The ms Noordam, which is the first ship to be launched with the full complement of Signature of Excellence enhancements, exemplifies the classic style of the golden age of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements. In addition to excellent service and an incredible range of elegant dining choices, the ms Noordam has over 50 scheduled shipboard activities allowing you to do as much or as little as you please.

Dining

Pinnacle Grill

Pinnacle Grill
Guests who dine at the intimate, reservations-only Pinnacle Grill enjoy a dining experience themed to reflect the Pacific Northwest. Candlelight and fine décor create a romantic ambiance that sets the stage for fresh Northwest dishes and select wines.

Vista Dining Room

Vista Dining Room
Enjoy imaginative menus and fine wines in a luxuriously elegant, sophisticated atmosphere.

Entertainment

Casino

Casino
Zingy and thrilling, the Casino offers slots, blackjack, roulette and poker for your evening's entertainment. New to the lively pulse of casino action? Start with a workshop to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs, and the friendly staff will show you to the games when you're ready.

Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest
The lively Crow's Nest offers a world-class view of the course ahead. A piano serenade, a lively conversation, a cocktail before dinner, a nightcap afterwards -- with these sweeping ocean vistas, you'll never forget you're at sea.

Explorations Café

Explorations Caf
Read The New York Times with a cup of espresso and a fresh pastry, browse the Internet, listen to music from a comfortable chair with ocean views, or research your destinations, choosing from a host of Discovery Channel programming options.

Explorer's Lounge

Explorer's Lounge
Club chairs in rose and taupe brocade, mood lighting and picture windows -- these are essential ingredients for the understated elegance of the Explorer's Lounge. This meeting place for friends old and new offers intimate seating for small gatherings.

Northern Lights Nightclub

Northern Lights Nightclub
Dance til the wee hours at the Northern Lights Nightclub -- complete with zany DJ, psychedelic era-inspired colors and smooth metallic surfaces.

Ocean's Bar

Ocean's Bar
Featuring ocean views, comfortable seating and excellent service, don't be surprised when your bar tender remembers your name and your drink of choice.

Piano Bar

Piano Bar
The sleek and futuristic Piano Bar is a study of form and function, texture and taste. Soak it all in as a talented musican nimbly tickles the ivories.

Pinnacle Bar

Pinnacle Bar
As the first of its kind on any of our ships, learn about wine regions, cultures or how difficult it can be to grow certain temperamental grapes, while tasting some of the finest wines from around the world.

Sports Bar

Sports Bar
Celebrate the highlights of your favorite sport at the casual and colorful Sports Bar. The Superbowl and selected other special sporting events are played right here, live via satellite.

The Loft

The Loft
Unmatched anywhere in the cruise industry, The Loft provides teens ages 13-17 with the perfect getaway from family and siblings. Designed to resemble a New York artist's loft, teens will have plenty of space to relax and socialize.

Vista Lounge

Vista Lounge
Smart and sophisticated, the Vista Lounge whispers excitement long before the curtain rises. Watch a dazzling off-Broadway show and, in a blaze of light and color, you are instantly transported into another world.

Other Areas of the Ship

Atrium

Atrium
The elegant Waterford Crystal sculpture, suspended in the three-story atrium, sets the mood for other exquisite works of art you will see from around the world

Club HAL

Club HAL
Creativity and fun are everywhere for kids ages 3-12. Supervised by permanent, full-time directors and staff, children can meet friends and enjoy a variety of safe and entertaining choices.

Culinary Arts Center

Culinary Arts Center
Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the innovative Culinary Arts Center features a theatre-style venue where guests' can learn to make gourmet meals from some of today's most talented chefs.

Fitness Center

Fitness Center
Work out on the high seas in a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with machines, free weights, cardio equipment and a personal training consultant. Afterwards, re-hydrate yourself at the juice bar. On offer are carrot, apple, pineapple or vegetable blends -- good-for-you nectar of the gods!

Hydropool

Hydropool
Relax and rejuvenate in one of our huge hydrotherapy pools, bubbling with warm, therapeutic seawater.

Lido Pool

Lido Pool
Warm days with light, salty breezes are made for lounging poolside with an icy beverage in one hand and an epic novel in the other. Does this count as doing something or doing nothing? You'll soon know...

Thermal Suite

Thermal Suite
Paradigm shift: One minute the worries of the world are on your shoulders; the next minute you're basking amid the cool mosaic tile and warm, relaxing steam of the thermal suite; and the minute after that, total relaxation -- there's your paradigm shift!
Noordam
Ship Statistics
Year Built2006
Year Refurbished2010
Year Entered Present Fleet2006
Previous NameN/A
Country of RegistryNetherlands
Tonnage (GRT)82318
Passengers1,918
Max Passengers2506
Passenger Decks11
Number of Crew800
Officers NationalityInternational
Cruise Staff NationalityInternational
Noordam
Staterooms
Total Staterooms959
Suites with balcony0
Suites without a balcony0
Oceanview without a balcony0
Oceanview with balcony0
Accommodations inside28

Select a deck to view the deckplan.

Sports Deck

Sports Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Observation Deck

Observation Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Lido Deck

Lido Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Navigation Deck

Navigation Deck Navigation Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Rotterdam Deck

Rotterdam Deck Rotterdam Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Upper Verandah Deck

Upper Verandah Deck Upper Verandah Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Verandah Deck

Verandah Deck Verandah Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Upper Promenade Deck

Upper Promenade Deck Upper Promenade Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Promenade Deck

Promenade Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Lower Promenade Deck

Lower Promenade Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Main Deck

Main Deck Main Deck

The deck plans are color-coded by category of stateroom, and the category letter precedes the stateroom number in each room. All staterooms are equipped with television, telephone, and multi-channel music.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols with the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions.

Stateroom Key

  • Pinnacle Suite - PS
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Activities & Services

Activities & Services

Every day aboard a Holland America cruise ship brings a wealth of activities and indulgences, along with the freedom to partake in as many - or as few - as you please. With so many choices, there's a perfect onboard cruise activity experience for everyone.

Click HERE for information about Holland America's "As You Wish" Dining.

Tipping PolicyAdditonal for all guests.
Onboard AmbianceElegant

PS - Pinnacle Suite

Stateroom
Bedroom with 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah with whirlpool, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, microwave, refrigerator, guest toilet, private stereo system, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 1318 sq. ft. with verandah.

VA - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

C - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

D - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

E - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

F - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

HH - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

G - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

MM - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

I - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

J - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

K - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

L - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

M - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

DD - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

GG - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

N - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

SA - Neptune Suite

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,1 sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 510 sq. ft. with verandah.

SB - Neptune Suite

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,1 sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 510 sq. ft. with verandah.

SC - Neptune Suite

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,1 sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 510 sq. ft. with verandah.

SS - Signature Suite

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 389 sq. ft. with verandah.

SY - Signature Suite

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 389 sq. ft. with verandah.

SZ - Signature Suite

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 389 sq. ft. with verandah.

VB - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

VC - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

VD - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

VE - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

VF - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

H - Large Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. Approx. 185 sq. ft.

NN - Large or Standard Inside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approx. 183-207 sq. ft.

VH - Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom

Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approx. 249 sq. ft.

Reviewer Ratings

4/5

Reviewer Scorecard

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HAL Zuiderdam Panama Canal 12/9/2013

Panama Canal - 12/2013

This is a wonderful itinerary which includes some of the less traveled ports such as Aruba, Curacao & Cartagena, as well as Colon and Puerto Limon.

Our weather was wonderful which contributed to lazy days on a beach for those who were so inclined. HAL's private island, Half Moon Cay, is perfect for lazing the day away or being as active as you choose with horseback rides, snorkeling or hikes around the island. I really recommend the rental of a Clamshell ($15 for two chairs) to give you some shade from the strong sun. Our only rainy day was the transit of the Panama Canal. It did impact our outdoors enjoyment somewhat because the rain was coming down in buckets. But it's warm outside and somehow you don't mind so much! We watched our ship being pulled through the locks from under a shelter. The vantage point from the ground was fascinating to be able to see the engines pulling the ship and being so close. An 11 day itinerary is an ideal length of time to be away.

Pros: Friendliness and attitude of the staff and very good food & entertainment

Cons: The ship is looking a little tired.

Reviewer Recommended? y

Reviewer Ratings

5/5

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HAL Oosterdam August/4/2013

Alaska Inside Passage - 8/2013

The Holland America Oosterdam sailing Inside Passage w/Tracy Arm is an excellent cruise option for those wanting a roundtrip Seattle Alaska cruise.

With stops at Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, plus a day sailing Tracy Arm, the Seattle Inside Passage cruise on the Holland America Oosterdan is the perfect Alaska getaway for first timers and avid cruisers alike!
 
Onboard venues offer the best in Culinary Arts presentations, Digital Workshops, port shopping talks, a movie theater, ship library, and so much more. Be sure to plan a stop at the spa, shopping at the onboard shops, an evening at the Vista Lounge or just reading good book. Your cruise vacation can be as active or relaxing as you choose.
 
Whether exploring one of the ports of call or relaxing during an at sea day there is truly something for everyone on the Holland America Oosterdam!

Pros: Roundtrip Seattle means no passport needed

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Reviewer Recommended? y

Reviewer Ratings

4/5

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7-night Alaska cruise from Vancouver

Alaska - 7/2013

Sailing to Alaska is on the bucket list of many people, and a 7-night round-trip cruise from Vancouver works neatly for many schedules. Holland America provides transfers between Seattle airport and Canada Place in Vancouver, which is helpful for US domestic flights. The Holland America MS Amsterdam is not a large ship, which is very nice, and it never felt crowded at all, even for peak viewing moments, such as seeing Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord. There were also some prime viewing areas where guests could sit and be more comfortable than if they were standing on deck (the Crow's Nest and the area by the pool, which is enclosed). Having a retractable roof over the pool is a great thing for the Alaska itinerary, so families can make use of the pool and hot tubs in comfort. One of the food highlights of the sailing was the salmon BBQ buffet, held at the pool deck during the Tracy Arm cruising day. Staterooms are very reasonable-sized, with extremely comfortable beds, and plenty of storage space. Our room steward was incredibly efficient, and our room was always tidy. I especially liked the very large library area, which blended into an area for the internet cafe, next to a dedicated card room. I thought it was a great idea to have plenty of board games on the ship, and these games could be checked out by guests. There was also an impressive DVD list, which could be ordered in the guest's stateroom, and delivered; extremely convenient! Staff onboard was very pleasant and willing to assist. I enjoyed the 'club' venues with their musicians more than the stage shows. The room service menu is extensive, and here's the best hint of the cruise: Order the room-service chocolate cake! You can't get it in the dining rooms, and it's the best dessert onboard. The dining room service and selection was good, and I found the dining server's recommendations to always be the best choice for dinner. The breakfast buffet has a good selection, but the menu did not change any mornings (a little variety would have been nice but this is not a deal breakerthere's no variety in my own pantry every morning!)

Pros: Great accommodations, friendly staff, smaller ship

Cons: A little more variety in the breakfast buffet would be nice

Reviewer Recommended? y

Reviewer Ratings

4/5

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7-Day Alaska Round Trip Seattle Cruise

Alaska - 7/2013

Seattle is a great departure port. I suggest arriving a day early to explore Seattle. Taxi is about $40.00 from the city to Pier 91. Embarkation was slow, since there was a very large group on board. Sailing was very smooth and the captain was outstanding Glacier Bay. He made certain that we all saw the bears and little cubs. It was amazing. The port were nice, but the shore excursion rates were high. The busses & guides in Juneau and Ketchikan were very knowledgeable. We did the kayaking in Juneau and all the gear was provided. The Russian Heritage tour in Sitka was not our best choice. We were very lucky to see so many whales and wild life. I would highly recommend this cruise, specially for a first time cruiser.

The Westerdam was very clean, loved the staff, the food was outstanding. The Lido Deck had BBQ's and an Alaskan Salmon Bake. It was a big hit with all cruisers.

Pros: Overall one of the top cruises in this market.and category. Disembarkation was very smooth.

Cons: Mediocre coffee and slow WiFi

Reviewer Recommended? y

Reviewer Ratings

4/5

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Eurodam, July 20, 2013

Copenhagen, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam - 7/2013

This is a modern ship with all of the best features of cruising. Nice sized rooms and bathrooms, multiple dining venues, multiple entertainment venues and wonderful staff.

I sailed on the Eurodam July 20, 2013 starting Copenhagen, sailing to Norway, Scotland and Ireland. This is a modern ship with all of the best features of cruising. Nice sized rooms and bathrooms, multiple dining venues, multiple entertainment venues and wonderful staff. Boarding was quick and easy. I checked in before our boarding time and found out our room was ready for me. I headed straight up to the Lido for lunch, lots of stations which helps with crowd control. Usually no more than a handful of people at any one station. The carpet in the Lido is a mess from the chairs digging holes into it. It is my understanding that the ship is being refurbished before the end of the year so this should be addressed at that time. I cant say enough about the crew. Everyone was extremely helpful, polite and friendly. The Blues club on board had the best entertainment, very talented musicians. The shows in the main lounge were not to my taste but other people on board were happy with them. Pinnacle Grill had the absolutely best food on the ship. I also tried Le Cirque, also located in Pinnacle Grill on select nights and just as good but with a more gourmet presentation.

Pros: The wonderful staff

Cons: Entertainment

Reviewer Recommended? y

Reviewer Ratings

5/5

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Wonderful Midsize Ship

South East Asia - 3/2013

The Amsterdam is the perfect ship for the World Voyage or segments of it. She carries just over 1200 passengers.

If you want a near perfect cruise this is the ship. With her itinerary, onboard activities, wonderful crew, staff and officers, not to mention the outstanding cuisine, the Amsterdam is top of the line.

Pros: Itinerary, cuisine, staff

Cons: None

Reviewer Recommended? y

Reviewer Ratings

5/5

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World Cruise Segment One - Ft Lauderdale- Auckland

Grand World Voyage - 1/2013

Once again I was extremely pleased to be on board the Amsterdam on World Cruise Segment. Our Cabin (2646) was wonderful,service as always is superb. Yes, the ship could probably use refurbishment in some areas, but that is not a real issue in my opinion. The level of service by all crew and officers make this ship a special one.

From the moment of check in at Ft Lauderdale pier, it was like a "High School reunion." So many familiar faces of both passengers and crew from last year. Made you feel WELCOME immediately. That feeling of "WELCOME HOME" prevailed throughout the voyage.
The Captain Jonathan Mercer and his wife Karen, were a major factor in everyone LOVING the voyage. He was always available and speaking and socializing with the guests. Dining room and service were outstanding and every special request (in reason of course) was honored if possible.
 

Pros: The service level and attentivness of the officers and ALL crew members cannot be matched anywhere in my opinion

Cons: I think that the entertainment on a World Voyage should be of a higher level (as is Cunard's entertainment), There were some definitely highlights, but was not overly impressed by the quality of most of the entertainment in the show room.Cruise director is WONDERFUL though and knows every passenger.

Reviewer Recommended? y

Ratings

4/5

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Caribbean on ms Noordam.

Southern Caribbean - 2/2014

Dining was good with a set seating being the best.  Food selection was very good and service was great.  Pinnacle dining was outstanding.
Shipboard entertainment was very good with a nice variety of music comedy and juggling. 
Tours were  above average with the zip line excursion  In Dominican Republic being  outstanding .  Very well run and help were very professional and polite , highly recommend this tour.   

Pros: Cabin;Clean;Entertain;Food;Tours;Staff;Itin;

Cons:

Reviewer Recommended? Y

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