Cruise Ship Profiles
Ship specifications, photos, itineraries, accommodations, dining venues, notable rooms, activities, children's areas, deck plan, enhancements, incidents, accidents and more.
2014 Hurricane Season Summary
Posted December 1, 2014
The National Hurricane Center reports below average activity this season with 8 named storms, of which 6 became hurricanes, and two of those hurricanes were major storms. Strong wind shear, dry descending air throughout the Atlantic and fewer tropical waves coming off the African coast due to a below average monsoon season in Africa can be attributed to a quiet season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30.
We can't say the same for the Eastern Pacific...the 2014 season was extremely active with 20 named storms, of which 14 became hurricanes, and 8 of those reached major hurricane strength. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 - November 30.
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HAL & Seabourn Named Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute
posted April 22, 2014
For the third consecutive year, Holland America Line, together with sister line Seabourn, was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think-tank. The company secured its spot on the list by implementing and maintaining business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to company success and benefit the community. Read more...
Summary for 2014
The Noordam sails seasonal cruises from Ft. Lauderdale visiting ports of call in the southern Caribbean on 7- to 21-day itineraries.
She moves to Europe for the summers sailing 11- to 33-day Mediterranean itineraries until October, when she resumes Caribbean cruises.
Visit the HAL website for a complete schedule.
Updated December 2013.
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2009 Rating 99 (Mar)
2009 Rating 97 (Mar)
2010 Rating 100 (May)
2011 Rating 96 (Feb)
2012 Rating 99 (Feb)
2012 Rating 99 (May)
2012 Rating 100 (Nov)
2013 Rating 91 (Feb)
2013 Rating 99 (Dec)
Observation deck, basketball and volleyball courts
Crow's Nest, Oak Room, The Loft, Club HAL, Arcade
Fitness Center, Spa & Salon, Therapy Pools, Thermal Suites, Hydro Pool, Lido Pool, Lido Bar, Terrace Grill, Canaletto Restaurant, Lido Restaurant, Sea View Bar, Sea View Pool
Upper Verandah Deck
Upper Promenade Deck
Vista Show Lounge, Hudson, Half Moon, Stuyvesant, Library, Explorations Cafe, Shopping Arcade, Atrium, Ocean Bar, Photo Gallery, Vista Dining Room (upper level)
Lower Promenade Deck
Vista Show Lounge (balcony), Casino, Piano Bar, Sports Bar, Northern Lights Night Club, Lounge & Culinary Arts Center, Atrium, Pinnacle Grill, Pinnacle Bar, Explorer's Lounge, Vista Dining Room (lower level)
Vista Show Lounge, The Atrium, Front Office, Shore Excursion Desk, Passenger Staterooms
Your own private oasis located high above the rest...the exclusive Retreat cabanas are the ultimate place to relax surrounded by healthy refreshments and luxurious amenities.
Private cabanas are available to reserve by the day or by the cruise. Available on two decks, they are tastefully decorated, filled with amenities and provide an exquisite poolside retreat.
Launched in 2006, the ms Noordam is the newest member of the Vista-class ships. Named for the Northern compass point, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod® propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability.
On board ms Noordam you will discover museum-quality paintings such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. One of the most valuable pieces of furniture on board the ship is a remarkable inlaid chest flanked by carved wooden 17th-century Baroque columns. Made in Germany in 1885, the chest is inlaid with ebony and precious stones. Enjoy an onboard IPod® self-guided tour of the complete ms Noordam art collection.
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Ship Class: Vista
Length: 954 ft.
Draft: 25.5 ft.
Speed: 24 Knots
All staterooms feature the Mariner Dream Bed with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.
All suites include comfortable bed duvets, fully-stocked mini-bars, VCR/DVD players with access to an extensive video/DVD library, personalized stationery and use of the exclusive concierge-staffed Neptune Lounge.
Lanai staterooms feature doors that open directly onto the walk-around promenade, while Spa staterooms located near the Greenhouse Spa offer exclusive amenities such as an organic cotton bathrobe and slippers, yoga mat, water fountain, special room service menus and treatments, and more.
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|Verandah||249||Sq. ft. w/veranda|
|Suite||389-1318||Sq. ft. w/veranda|
Interior staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a standing shower, ice service, nightly turn down service, and complimentary fruit upon request.
Large or standard ocean view staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a standing shower, ice service, nightly turn down service, and complimentary fruit upon request. Different categories of rooms contain different window arrangements, from picture windows, to portholes, or obstructed view window.
Verandah Suites have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, and fresh flowers.
Signature Suites have 2 lower beds that convert into 1 queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, a dual vanity, shower with an additional shower stall, a large sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, one sofa bed for one person, and fresh flowers. Amenities include one-touch concierge service, a variety of pillows, personalized cruise stationary, oversized bath towels, and complimentary DVD library.
Neptune Suites have 2 lower beds that convert into 1 king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, a large sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, one sofa bed for two persons, and fresh flowers. Amenities include use of the Neptune personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottled water, corsages and boutounerries on the first formal night, cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner upon request,and a cocktail party with the ship's officers. Special disembarkation service is provided, as is priority boarding for tenders and priority dinner seating requests. Guests in Neptune Suites also can access the exclusive Neptune Lounge.
Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse)
Pinnacles Suites have 1 king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized whirlpool bath and shower, a large living room, dining room, dressing room, a pantry, a guest toilet, and a private verandah. Other suite features include a microwave, a mini-bar, private stereo system, one sofa bed for two persons, and fresh flowers. Amenities include use of the Neptune personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottled water, corsages and boutounerries on the first formal night, cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner upon request,and a cocktail party with the ship's officers. Special disembarkation service is provided, as is priority boarding for tenders and priority dinner seating requests. Guests in Pinnacle Suites also can access the exclusive Neptune Lounge.
$=Specialty restaurant, surcharge applies
Main Dining Room
Two level Vista Dining Room. One level of the restaurant offers a flexible/open dining service from 5:15 to 9 p.m. daily, and the other hosts two seatings, an early seating at 5:45 p.m. and main seating at 8 p.m. Guests selecting flexible open seating may make reservations daily during a cruise up to 4 p.m. or simply walk up anytime during dining hours.
Main buffet with several made-to-order stations serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Kid-friendly menus including tacos, hamburgers and hot dog on the pool deck.
Pinnacle Grill ($)
A premium dining experience with Bulgari China, Riedel stemware, and high-end sterling silver tableware. Courses include premium Double R Ranch beef and fresh seafood complimented by a Wine Spectator "Excellent" awarded wine list. A $29 per person surcharge applies. On every voyage, the Pinnacle Grill offers "An Evening at Le Cirque" for a unique taste of Sirio Maccioni’s legendary New York restaurant. The price to dine is $49.00 per adult, per evening.
Canaletto is your destination onboard for an intimate Italian dinner. The evening begins with the chef’s selection of antipasti with a taste of the delicious fare and personal, polished service to follow. Lunch is complimentary, but dinner is $10 per person.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day.
Vista Show Lounge
Main showroom features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedy acts.
Lounge with panoramic views offers music and dancing.
The pianist invites you to join in the fun as they rock the room nightly.
Coffees, drinks and liqueurs are served to the classical sounds of the Adagio Strings.
Culinary Arts Center features state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for gourmet presentations, tasting events and intimate cooking classes
B.B. King's Blues Club
Join world-class musicians from the B.B. King Blues Club Band as they create a dynamic energy that will move you to sing and dance along. The eight-piece band features two vocalists backed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, sax player, trumpet player and Hammond B-3 organ player. To create its own B.B. King’s Blues Club at sea, the Queen’s Lounge has been transformed into a vibrant blues musical experience, trimmed with portraits of the Memphis Blues legend and a special stage crafted to resemble the Memphis club.
The Northern Lights
A swanky dance club.
A full service casino with slots, cards, roulette and more.
A comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
Features sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
Club HAL® - Kids
Children, ages 3-7, can participate in such activities as story telling, fabric painting, indoor games, ship tours, arts and crafts, charades, Uno®, drawing contests, ice-cream sundae parties, bingo or a farewell pizza party. A colorful, expanded playroom with art tables, big-screen TV, puzzles and games (children must be potty-trained in this area - no pull-ups).
Club HAL® - Tweens
Tweens, ages 8-12 might learn golf putting, have disco parties and theme parties, participate in the award-winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Program on Alaska cruises, compete in on-deck sports events, compete in scavenger hunts or simply play Ping-Pong with a friend.
The Loft and The Oasis
Teens, ages 13-17 will especially enjoy the teen disco, dance lessons, video games, teen sports tournaments, card games, trivia contests, bingo, movies and videos.
Follow a special passageway upstairs from the Loft to find the private entrance to The Oasis, a secluded teens-only sun deck. There is plenty of space to relax and socialize, as well as comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks, a nine-foot high water fall, cave and wade pool to cool off from the sun, and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Club HAL® After Hours is available on all ships (except the ms Prinsendam) from 10:00pm - 12:00am. The fee is $5 per child, per hour. Parents must pick up their children on time or a late fee is charged. For babysitting outside of the hours offered in Club HAL, guests may check at the Front Office to schedule this service provided by staff on a voluntary basis only.