The ambience on the 1,924-passenger Noordam is of the afternoon tea and violin music variety. Holland America Line regulars — most in the 55-plus age group, with emphasis on the “plus” — like it that way. Don’t expect lavish entertainment or a large variety of activities, although there is a multilevel theater for stage shows and a prominently placed casino. Instead, attend cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Arts Center, or spend some time in the well-stocked library.
What We Love
B. B. King Blues Club: You may be sailing in Alaska or Australia, but entering this club is like stepping out in Memphis, with music inspired by the late blues impresario. This is the place to let your hair down on board.
Ocean Views on the Move: The wraparound teak promenade deck lets you experience the vistas from all sides on a simple stroll, while the 10-floor glass exterior elevators are a trip.
Best Known For
Art Collection: This line has a commitment to the arts, and Noordam doubles as a floating museum. Pieces range from a Dutch painting dating back to the 1840s to contemporary photos of musical greats. Consider taking the self-guided, narrated tour of the collection.
Pool for All Seasons: You can take a dip in the pool or hot tubs no matter the weather, thanks to the retractable glass roof.
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Who It's Best For
Older Couples: There aren't constant distractions or must-do activities on board; instead, this ship offers a relaxing experience.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
The Layout Is Confusing: Getting around the ship can be befuddling at first, so leave a little extra time to find the exit for your shore excursions until you get the hang of it.
The Ship Shows Its Age in Places: The ship is a little worn in spots, but Noordam is mostly well-maintained.
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Noordam at a Glance
- Line: Holland America Line
- Class: Vista
- Number of Passengers: 1924
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2006
- Refurbish Date: 2010