DAY 16 - 17 - 20 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 11 PM
Honolulu is famous not only for laid-back Hawaiian style and gorgeous beaches, but also as the location of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which visitors can learn about at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. To explore the wilderness of Honolulu, the grand Iolani Palace and Nuʻuanu Pali mountain are also well worth a visit, while a Helicopter tour is a must for unrivalled views of land and sea.
Things to do in Honolulu, Oahu - Overnight onboard:
Pearl Harbor National Memorial
Also known as the USS Arizona Memorial, this floating shrine is only accessible by boat and sits directly over the sunken warship. The resting place of 1077 crewmembers whose names are enshrined on the memorial, here you can see parts of the craft still jutting out of the water.
Nuʻuanu Pali Mountain
This breath-taking vantage point offers unrivalled views of the Koolau Cliffs and Windward Coast. Nestled among mountain peaks at over a thousand feet high, visitors can take in the scenery of the lookout for free before carrying on to the town or coast.
This beautifully restored palace is a key part of Hawaii’s identity. Built in 1882, this restored landmark features original artefacts including furniture, accessories and photographs. Visitors can tour the palace, gallery and grounds self guided or with a guide.
DAY 18 - 22 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 6 PM
Named after the light Hawaiian wood for making surf boards, Nawiliwili is the perfect destination for those looking for a grand panoramic view with many fantastic vantage spots, such as Kalalau lookout over the sea and Waimea canyon lookout with plunging waterfalls beyond. A helicopter tour is the best way to see the entire magnificent island at its best, while a Fern Grotto Tour treats visitors to tales of the region on a peaceful rowboat ride.
Things to do in Nawiliwili, Kauai:
Fern Grotto Tour
Located at the Wailua River, Fern Grotto is a beautiful lava rock grotto. Visitors can take river boat tours to explore this destination, known as the most romantic spot on Kauai, and hear songs and tales surrounding Hawaii.
DAY 26 - 30 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
From its architecture of ‘Vancouverism’ to the history of how it was built; Vancouver is a vibrant city full of arts and culture just waiting for you to discover all it’s hidden gems. Here you’ll be able to get stuck into a whole host of museums including Science World, the waterfront Maritime Museum and the Museum of Anthropology.
Things to do in Vancouver:
The oldest place within Vancouver at the heart of its very origins, Gastown was set up in 1867 by John Deighton whose various stories and adventures garnered him the name of ‘Gassy Jack.’ Nowadays, you’ll find fantastic restaurants, and the famous steam-powered clock in Maple Tree Centre.
In Vancouver’s China Town district you can visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden where you can see a truly beautiful collection of plant life and ponds. There is also the Sam Kee Building which is the narrowest office building ever built, spanning barely 2 meters wide!
English Bay is a beautiful beach that is home to outstanding high-end shops and mouth watering restaurants. There are also waterfront trails to follow if you like beach walking.
Canada Place is the perfect spot to start your adventures around Vancouver as it is where you’ll first step ashore from your cruise ship. Explore the pier, and be taken back by the outstanding architecture and views. At the end of the pier you’ll find the Flyover Canada attraction. From here, you can also use Canada Place as a transit hub to other places around Vancouver.
Customer reviews for Noordam
Based on 4 reviews
Value for money
Dreadful Cruise!! My husband and I did the Double Denali with 7 day cruise down the inner passage in June this year (2019). What a mistake that was!! I had one day on-board the Noordam before I got ill. One day to enjoy the ship - that's all. I had one day before I fell dreadfully ill with a virulent flu virus which I contracted while staying in the Holland America chalet in Denali a few days before (together with up to 90% of other people on the same holiday, according to what the medical staff on board told us). I was told by their medical staff that it takes up to 4 days to show after infection so that takes it firmly into the Denali stay period. It was also a ‘seasonal identified influenza virus’.. Presumably a local virus? We certainly never heard a holiday maker on our bus/train etc coughing - not until we got on the Noordam. Certainly by the end of the cruise people were coughing all over the ship. My temperature reached 104 degrees and I was 'isolated' and 'sanitized' in my room for 3 days. This was done in the most insensitive and unkind way - making me sit there in the room feeling like a leper. I sat crying while staff in gloves and masks swilled the room over with cheap smelly disinfectant (which, by the way, aggravated my throat and cough). I was too ill to do anything about it except get very upset and later to get very very angry. We were told to use the room service. Most of the food offered in the room service booklet was inedible to me as I was feeling so ill. My husband spent 3 days going up and down the ship getting me glasses of water and bits of food I could eat (cold by the time he got it to me). Ringing room service was very difficult as the phones are so weak that it's difficult to hear anyone on the other end and always so busy, and the people answering them often had poor English. Room service always said there would be at least a 45 min wait for anything. At no point were we offered or told about anything that might be available to us to help us. My husband couldn't even get a jug for water - he was only allowed to bring water by the glass. There weren't even any trays to carry things on. We have never done a cruise before so all this was new to us and we didn’t know how to cope with it. We didn't get our down-turn service or any other niceties. We missed all the ships activities, dinners, and worst of all our bucket list excursions which we had planned and paid for months in advance. We didn't even get any reassurance we would get our money back for the excursions from them until much later. We felt largely abandoned and sacrificed so that their epidemic wouldn’t spread -which was ironic really since the whole ship sounded like it had the same cough by the end of the trip. There was definitely an epidemic. When I was eventually allowed out of my cabin after 3 days I was very angry indeed and I spoke to one of the managers in customer services but he was cold and distant and indifferent. He had no empathy what so ever and said in the end that - quote 'if he compensated me he'd have to compensate all the others and he wasn't going to do that'. He even inferred that it was my own fault for not knowing how to use room service more and asking for what I wanted. He seemed to want to blame me and any other staff - he had no empathy or conception that I had been deliriously ill with fever and was still very ill and that we had never been on a cruise before and didn't know the ropes. The rest of the cruise was dreary because I had such a sore throat I couldn't speak, I lost my voice, and I was weak and unable to do much. I had no appetite. I still don’t feel completely well. In short, the cruise experience that my husband and I had with Holland America was absolutely abysmal. Not only were we treated pretty dreadfully, we never got the experience we were promised and we had a holiday from hell, with no recompense or care or compassion. I have emailed them about this many times since we got home and they have totally ignored me – except to send adverts for cruise holidays!!! How insensitive is that? I would warn people not to book a trip on the Noordam and not to book a package with Holland America. If anything goes wrong you will most probably be treated like us. I might add that we felt the ship was run down and past it's best. The food was pretty awful and you had to stand in queues for anything all the time. Our balcony had a huge mound of rusting metal in it's floor - which wasn't very reassuring. Customer services are none existent. Once they have your money you will never be able to contact them again. I have emailed them a dozen times and they have completely stone-walled me. Disgusting. Holland America are a truly awful company.
10 Jul 2019
Ship ox food very good entertainment rubbish
8 Mar 2019
Gorgeous massive modern ship. Amazing buffet food at the informal Lido restaurant, excellent food at the speciality restaurants (albeit tiny portions!), amazing friendly service (even got personalised service at the restaurant). One minus is that all tips are purportedly included in your booking, but then you get a surprise bill of $11.50 per person a day for "hotel service charge", which turns out to be "obligatory gratuity" for room maintenance and also for tips to all other staff in the background that you never get to see. We refused to pay this and opted for paying handsome tips to the 3 guys that bowled us over with their personalised service (the room service guy and the 2 restaurant staff at the Lido). Challenge the hotel service charge at any rate! We know almost everyone else just grinned, complained, and paid it in the end. Also make sure you don't need a doctor onboard! They have good medical facilities with several staff but you have to pay $97 to see the doctor for a checkup (you have to pay extra for any medicines, prescriptions). My partner wanted to have his tooth checked out and that's the price we were quoted. He just paid $1 for Ibuprofen instead. Onboard entertainment was not bad. The mainstream stuff was mainly bad, but we were thrilled with the B B King Blues Band multiple times as well as the violinist and the pianist at the Piano lounge (both first-class even though those venues are a lot smaller). There are 2 pools, one exclusively used by kids so it's busy, the other is supposed to be for adults but there were the occasional kids in it (but people complained) and even without them it's relatively small so it gets very crowded very easily, particularly between 1-4pm. In general though we loved being on our floating hotel taking us to lovely beaches and I have to reiterate that the service was impeccable.
10 Jan 2015
Absolutely amazing time on board all crew were helpful and very entertaining. Cabin stewert was very pleasant always willing to help.... the dinning room crew were amazing MR W, well kids all took a shine to him... and the evening entertainment was amazing Charlotte one of the singers, well now hands up to her. She is a very helpful and pleasant lady... 10/10 for her enthusiasm and pleasantness. lovely crew all round and would deffo recommend.
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