Holland America Ship Tour
Ship inspection of the Holland America Line cruise ship Noordam at White Bay in Sydney on 27. November 2017 by Andreas Reinold
Senior Consultant CH Cruises & Travel.
Check in commenced at 11 am and ran very smoothly
The ship has a capacity of just under 2000 Pax with a tonnage of 82000 tons and the majority of cabins being outside, balcony and suites.
The Promenade deck has a continuous timber walk around the ship. Well appointed public areas include on the top deck, a Cabana area for adults only (payable extra), underneath is the Crow’s nest a sitting area with 270 degrees view over the bow.
One deck lower is the fitness center and the ship’s Spa with a glass roofed Hydro pool. Next to the main pool on the same deck there is a Burger bar and the buffet dining area.
The other public areas are on the Promenade and Lower Promenade deck and include Piano Bar and a culinary cooking demonstration lounge during the day , which converts to a Blues lounge at night.
This level includes 2 more bars, a library, a casino and several shops as well as a computer learning centre. In the middle of the ship is the Pinnacle Grill, the place for fine dining. An extra charge applies. Fresh flowers arrive weekly in the public areas. The upper dining area is found here.
Noordam will undergo a multimillion dollar refurbishment in about 18 months time and the Crows Nest will be changed and the “Disco” will be removed. Cabin upgrades and further work will also be done.
Balcony Cabins have double or twin beds , a small sitting area and a bathroom with shower over bath. This may not be suitable for people with mobility problems.
Oceanview Cabins are the same size as balcony cabins minus the balcony of course and have also a shower over the bathtub, mainly on upper Promenade(obstructed) and Main Deck
Neptune Suites are spacious with ample sitting area space. The suites have a separate bath and shower and nice size balcony. Passengers in suites have a special lounge for Canapes and excursion bookings. They also can use the Pinnacle Grill for Breakfast FOC.
The food at lunch was of the highest quality,