The cruising life onboard Holland America’s MS Noordam strikes a wonderful balance between classic and contemporary making cruising an enjoyable experience. The line can carry 1,918 passengers and 800 crew members, was christened in 2006 and refurbished last in 2015. Noordam gives guests an intimate feel and offers thrilling nooks-and-corners for conversations, dining options, and plenty of entertainment including violin-piano performances, to dancing, ballroom, and more.
Noordam, named for the Northern compass point, offers cruisers with museum-quality art including series of photographs of music stalwarts Dizzy Gillespie and B. B. King, and an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842. The 936-feet ship is said to reach a maximum speed of 24 knots and has astounding entertainment options. Guests could choose blissful pampering at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, while fitness-enthusiasts could enjoy the Fitness Centre that is equipped with hi-tech cardio and weight machines, and also throws in opportunities like classes in Yoga, Pilates, and indoor cycling.
The graceful suites and suite rooms are well-equipped with amenities and offer the much-needed cosseting, and one could choose from the Pinnacle suites, Neptune Suites, or Verandah suites. Getting to the food options, they could leave the foodies satiated with the range of onboard dining options like crepes in the Lido (the main casual, buffet-style dining area), pan-flavours of Tamarind, scintillating boutique wines at the Pinnacle Grill, and much more.
How about activities? Well there’s plenty to choose from, and one could enjoy onboard cooking shows, and workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. For those who wish to explore editing the digital world, the Digital Workshop powered by Windows® is a great option. Kids aged 3 to 17 could have supervised activity-time, where they could be ‘Painting Picassos’ and even children with special needs have activities thoughtfully designed.
The leisurely cruise includes B. B. King’s Blues Club on the first night on board, and guests would love cruising with a mesmerising signature drink in the backdrop of an intimate deck and soulful ocean-views.