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  • Since we've never been on a cruise before, we have no previous experience with which to make comparisons
  • You can skip formal nights and still eat on the Lido deck, which is more of a smorgasbord, but the best food was definitely in the formal dining area

    • by Kent Douglass
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      This year my wife and I took our first cruise ever. We were aboard the Holland America Cruise Liner Noordam, sailing from New York to Bermuda. Since we’ve never been on a cruise before, we have no previous experience with which to make comparisons. Nevertheless, we can’t imagine any cruise liner anywhere topping this experience. We were totally satisfied with everything, with the exception of the spinach which was rubbery and difficult to chew. I didn’t even know it was possible to make rubbery spinach…

      Everyone was


      most cordial and helpful from the people on the dock helping us board, to the security personnel, to the room stewards. Even the entertainers were extremely pleasant and were willing to stop and speak to the ordinary passengers. The entertainment was first class, from the ventriloquist, to the jugglers, to the magician. The jugglers were especially impressive because one of them was riding a tall unicycle and juggling during a rough sea.

      We had daily discussions with our room steward. I was interested to learn that he ...


      • works eleven straight months before taking one month off. I hope he’s paid what he’s worth. Our dining room waiter was just as cordial, a man from Malaysia. He remembered what each persons drink preferences each evening, and seemed genuinely happy to see us. Tips were paid in advance, but our steward and waiter were so great we tipped them a little extra at the end of the voyage.

        The ship has a crew of 800 and a 1918 passenger capacity. During the one-week cruise we had

        two formal nights. The formal nights were nice except that having to pack formal clothes used up a good share of our luggage space while flying to New York. You can skip formal nights and still eat on the Lido deck, which is more of a smorgasbord, but the best food was definitely in the formal dining area. One memorable evening was the Dutch Chocolate night. There were chocolate carvings and dishes fit for royalty. All in all it was great. Just take a pass on the spinach.




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