Is MS Noordam for you?
A signature of excellence isn’t just a tagline dreamed up by one of HAL’s marketing gurus, it is how Holland America conducts every aspect of their business. In this modern age where no-service customer service rules and business don’t even bother answer their phones preferring instead to farm the job out to authoritarian computers that will prompt you through menus designed to suck time from you like a pickpocket in Time Square you will be surprised, and perhaps a bit jubilant that HAL has successfully assembled a team of employees that care about you, your well-being and your time. I sometimes feel I wait more than I do anything else, on vacation is not when I want to wait. HAL is a Dutch company that is known for graceful mid-sized ships with a generous amount of personal space. They have also broken the sometime endless cabin options in two four easy to understand descriptions; the rooms generally you will choose to book an interior stateroom, ocean-view stateroom, Verandah or Suite. The latter two choices have private balconies.
Fox news has called Holland America, “one of the most over looked values in cruising today” This means better service, a better vacation, better destinations, all at a better price. Launched in 2006, the ms Noordam is the newest member of our renowned 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. 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. The ms Noordam exemplifies the classic style of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements.
In addition to elegant and varied dining options Noordam offers children and family amenities typical on other cruise lines such as Club Hal for kids age 3 to 12, and The Loft designed for teens (13-17) as well as a casino, fitness center, plus some very distinctive options not found on other cruise lines. The Culinary Arts Center is a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for gourmet presentations, tasting events and intimate cooking classes. HAL also offers workshops that will help create digital memories of your trip.
Explorations Café: A relaxed coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals in unique settings that will take you to another place entirely. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite; get that up-do for a special date.
Vista Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
Crow’s Nest: offers sweeping views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
If you are looking for one Holland America’s great ships then the MS Noordam may where you find your perfect cruise vacation.