Noordam - What to do on sea days?????

Oct 26th, 2008, 02:52 AM
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Noordam - What to do on sea days?????

Hi there,
we are taking a cruise in January on the Noordam. We do have a few days at sea and are wondering what facillities, lectures, shopping talks etc there are??
What is the casino and sports bar like?
Is there a library?
Any tips or info would be appreciated.
We are taking the 10 day Southern Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale.
Thanks in advance
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Oct 26th, 2008, 03:22 AM
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Each night you will get a daily bulletin with all activities for the next day. That can be shopping, wine tasting, lectures(also about the ports you will visit) , bingo, ice carving, cooking demonstration etc. So read it.
Yes there is a casino, a sportsbar, cinema, library etc. on board. You can find all details on the
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Oct 26th, 2008, 05:40 AM
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My criteria for cruising is that there are days at sea...even if to contemplate my Yes, there is a library on board ships.. but I recommend you get to it as you find your they are very popular. We found on Celebrity that they place a new crossword or suduko puzzle every day..sitting and people watching, dozing, going into the pool or the jacuzzi...and of course lectures, movies and onboard shopping.. Bring along a marking pen and underline items of interest.. there are all sorts of classes in digital photography, art auctions (you really can also get an education), wine sampling.. Since we are not gamblers or major drinkers I cant tell you about the casino or the sports bars..Lastly and most importantly is for y ou on days at sea... relax, loosen up, and breathe the sea air..
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Oct 26th, 2008, 12:36 PM
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After over 50 cruises people ask us what we do all day when at sea. My answer is - I don't know the time just seems to fly by. There is always something of interest going on and as parrotmom says contemplating ones' navel is also a must. Don't worry about being bored - and of course when in doubt eat!!
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Oct 27th, 2008, 08:56 AM
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Yes, I agree with the previous posters about the days at sea. I love visiting different ports, but I really enjoy the days at sea because there is no schedule. I follow my feet where they lead me. Go to bed early, get up late, drink coffee slowly, get a good workout, eat a relaxed breakfast and drink more coffee slowly, shower and change while drinking coffee, wandering around the ships, go out on deck, read my books and magazines, eat a relaxed lunch, go to a movie, take a nap, go to the spa, eat dinner, go out on deck, go to the movie, go to bed early.

There always lots of activities and classes to do, sometimes I enjoy them. Some days, the sea days are almost more busy than the days in port. Enjoy!

Have a great day!
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Oct 27th, 2008, 11:02 PM
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Thanks for all of your great suggestions.
We have cruised before on Celebrity and HA but were wondering about the Noordam in particular. It is more for my husband as he is not one to sit back and relax for too long.
I am sure there will be plenty to do though.
Thanks in advance
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Oct 28th, 2008, 01:29 AM
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Lordy hope you are still reading as I was on a 10-day Noordam earlier this year.
So, from just ONE daily program here's a brief sea day synopsis:
(2) Fitness Classes: Stretch & Aerobics
Golf Putt
Cooking w/Cruise Director (Free; there are also (3) $25 classes)
Flower arranging
Mixology $15 class (you get to drink 'em)
Line Dance Class
Travel Guide Speaker (Lost in Bermuda Triangle)
Art of Ice Carving
Techspert $30 PhotoWorks class
Team Trivia
Guest vs Crew Pictionary
Golf Chipping
Friends of Bil & Dorothy mtgs.
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Oct 28th, 2008, 02:27 AM
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Dear Rhea58,
thanks for listing all the activities on the program. It sounds like there will be plenty to do.
How did you find the Noordam?
What are the cabins, service, meals etc like?
How about the casino, sports bar and other areas?
Where was your favourite spot for a nice view and quiet drink?
Any other tips would be appreciated.
Thanks again
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Oct 29th, 2008, 04:18 AM
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Lordy, for full disclosure, I am a big HAL fan so am obviously biased but overall I think HAL offers more for less $$$.
Don't gamble but casino l/o looked good & it is right next to Sports Bar which is a bar plus TV/gaming room.
Favorite viewing spot is Crow's nest w/great large chairs for viewing, reading, & a bar is there too.
Favorite other spot is Explorations Lounge/huge wonderful library/starbucks coffee/computers as it is well laid out & contiguous to other spots.

I had outside cabin on main deck
which was convenient for me.

Many B**tch about anytime dining which I embraced as traveling alone I asked for & rec'd a large table each evening w/no wait away from families w/young children to meet new folks each nite.

Pinnacle Grill lunch was outstanding & regular dining was quite good altho if they still serve the lobster dinner don't partake..pretty bad.
Overall a great experience w/lots to do & evening shows were entertaining.
anything else?
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Oct 30th, 2008, 03:16 AM
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Dear Rhea,
thanks again for your detailed info.
I will look forward to checking out all the places you mentioned.
We were on the Volendam when we went to Alaska but have been on Celebrity the last 2 cruises just because the itineraries suited us.
It sounds like there will be plenty to do. My husband and I have requested late seating and a table for 2.
If we don't get our request, we may then think about any time.
Can you just book this the morning of or does it have to be in advance?
Thanks for your help
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Oct 31st, 2008, 03:49 AM
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Have you cruised over to There's volumes of info there BTW.

Many have requested & not rec'd their preferred dining request so
you may be better off w/Anytime Dining since you have a 2-hr or so
window to walk in.
The ship has 2 dining levels: top one for fixed & lower one for Anytime.
Also since you are now a Mariner there should be an invite for a Mariner's luncheon 1 day which is
quite nice!
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Oct 31st, 2008, 10:51 PM
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Dear Rhea58,
it sounds like you have a lot of experience with HA. We have done a few other cruises with Celebrity and also enjoyed them.
We are from Australia so really choose for the itinerary as well as the company.
By the sounds of things there will be plenty to do and we are sure to have a great time.
Did you got to the spa?
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Nov 1st, 2008, 12:31 AM
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Re spa - not this trip. a tip:
during port days since most go ashore, they run specials so wait
to see what they offer before booking.

Re port excursions: I usually don't take them via the ship since w/a little homework one can go ashore
& negotiate w/cabbies.

Have you checked out CruiseCritic?
There is usually a Meet & Greet aboard that a cruiser organizes which HAL sponsors & it is a great way to excahnge info w/other folks &
find 2 or more to share cabs ashore for touring.
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Mar 16th, 2010, 03:32 PM
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Thanks again Rhea for your help.
I have been out of action and off the boards for a while.
Will check out cruise critic.
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Mar 16th, 2010, 03:41 PM
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Lordy, didn't you already go on your cruise? We're sailing on the Noordam April 4 and would love to hear about your cruise.
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Mar 22nd, 2010, 07:26 AM
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Just wanted to add that while I've only done one HAL cruise, the speakers (port talks, history and culture, scientific aspects) were excellent and really helped make an otherwise very good sailing even better. Always helps to have knowledgeable people, and perhaps this line is good at finding them.
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Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:18 AM
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we did our cruise on the Noordam 2009 Jan.
I am getting confused with the upcoming cruise on Eurodam in August this year. ( Confusion with names of ships )
I have just come out of hospital after an op so was not with it when I commented last time.
Hagan will get back to you in a couple of days re our cruise
on the Noordam. It was a ovely ship and we had a great time.
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Mar 27th, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Lordy, hope you are recuperating - sounds like a cruise later in the year will be jsut what the doctor ordered. Tkae care.
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Mar 28th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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Hi Joyce,
we did the cruise that went from Fort Lauderdale to various ports in the Carribean and West Indies. 10 night cruise
We had a balcony cabin and enjoyed the ship very much.
It was easy to navigate around and had lots of nooks and crannys to explore.
We could not get the dining time and seating we wanted to went with the anytime dining. It was just a case of lining up and gettig a pager. We always had a table for 2 but the only thing I missed was not having the same waiters etc. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes. The Pinnacle Grill????Steak restaurant was lovely and well worth going to.
Our cabin steward was great and everything was always well cleaned and kept.
We are doing our next cruise in September - Leave Australia in August. This cruise leaves from New York and does New England / Canada on the Eurodam.
Have a great time
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