Picking the Best Cabins on the Noordam

A deck-by-deck analysis of the Noordam's best and worst cabins.

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Noordam Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary

Best Cabins onboard the Noordam: staterooms on Deck 7 -- the Rotterdam Deck. Decks 5 and 6 also have very nice staterooms.

Cabins to be wary of onboard the Noordam: staterooms on Deck 4- Upper Promenade Deck.

Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins onboard the Noordam

Deck 1 -- Main Deck

Cabins on Deck 1 of the Noordam have Lower Promenade just above, and noise could be a factor from the casino, bars, and lounges. Additionally, the cabins forward on the Holland America ms Noordam have some buffer to the main lounge, but are relatively close. All this said, budget minded travelers will find some of the roomiest inside cabins on this deck!

  • On the Noordam's Main Deck, F1001 and F1002 are larger than average, but are also most forward of the cabins on this deck and hence closest to the main lounge action. If noise is a concern, we suggest you consider purchasing a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds), bringing along earplugs, or reserving a cabin on a different deck.
  • On deck 1 of the Noordam, cabins F1001 through E1127 may experience noise from the public areas just above.
  • Exterior cabins F1001-E1127 all have ocean views on the Noordam's Main Deck.

Related: Noordam Main Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 4 -- Upper Promenade Deck

***CruiseAdvicde.org Warning***

Some cabins on this deck with potential problems

Along the entire Upper Promenade Deck, be aware that the main drag of the Noordam is right beneath your feet -- including some areas that stay fairly noisy into the wee hours. This includes the Stage, Bars, Shops, Casino, and aft main dining room.

  • Arguably, any cabin numbers from the middle to the aft of the Noordam's Deck 4 (cabins VD4043-VD4159) might have significant noise coming from the late night action below. Once again, you may consider reserving a cabin elsewhere on the ship, bringing along earplugs, or investing in a wave machine. Guest reviews indicate that cabin 4129 is severely in need of repairs, to include a properly working fridge and bathroom repairs.
  • Deluxe Verandah Suites SC SC4180 and SC4185 are quite spacious and have great ocean views on the Noordam's Upper Promenade Deck.
  • Aft on Deck 4 of the Noordam, Verandah Staterooms VA4176, VA4174, VA4179, and VA4181 are larger than average and have beautiful ocean vistas.
  • Also aft on the Noordam's Deck 4, Verandah Staterooms VB4178 and VB4183 are average sized, but share the same lovely ocean view as the neighboring larger suites.
  • When reserving a cabin on Deck 4 of the Noordam, make sure you are not making reservations for a stateroom with partially obstructed if not completely obstructed views if this is important to you. This deck has numerous exterior cabins with obstructed views.
  • While we are not suggesting this deck be entirely avoided, some of the worst cabins on the Noordam are on Upper Promenade Deck!

Related: Noordam Upper Promenade Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 5 -- Verandah Deck

Deck 5 on the Noordam is going to be relatively quiet because the decks just above and beneath are also cabin decks. From SY5001 forward on this deck to SC5191 aft, Verandah deck's exterior accommodations feature lovely ocean views!

  • At roughly 389 square feet, Superior Verandah Suites are well over 100 square feet larger than Verandah Staterooms on the Noordam's Deck 5. SY5001 and SY5002 are such suites, and are located forward on this deck. Unless there s a tailwind, be warned that these verandahs are likely to be quite breezy!
  • Verandah staterooms VF5140, VF5137, VF5051, and VF5054 are wheelchair accessible on the Verandah Deck of the Noordam.
  • Best picks for the Noordam's Deck 5 are aft. Most spacious of all with great ocean views are Deluxe Verandah Suites SC5190 and SC5191.
  • If space isn't an issue but great ocean viewing is, we also suggest VA5184 through VA5189 on Deck 5 of the Noordam!

Related: Noordam Verandah Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 6 -- Upper Verandah Deck

Once again, here's a deck with cabins on the decks just below and above. Deck 6 cabins will be quieter than other locations on the Holland America ms Noordam!

  • Forward on the Noordam's Upper Verandah Deck, VA6003 and VA6004 are wheelchair accessible.
  • There are several Superior Verandah Suites (SZ6052-SZ6117). Of these, SY6108 have wheelchair accessibility on Deck 6 of the Noordam.
  • Deck 6 of the Noordam has some prime space and ocean views aft of the ship (Deluxe Verandah Suites SC6166, SC6164, SC6175, and SC6177).
  • Also aft in a nice neighborhood, VA6162 and VA6173 have incredible ocean views on the Noordam's Deck 6.

Related: Noordam Upper Verandah Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 7 -- Rotterdam Deck

***CruiseAdvice.org Favorite Deck ***
Highly rated by our cruise experts!

The Rotterdam Deck is without question the high-rent district of the Noordam. This is where all the suites and penthouse category cabins are located. Given that this is where the high-dollar cabins are, this is also where the best cabin stewards are usually assigned. Cruisers may want to consider reserving near this area because staff service is likely to be excellent! Some of the best cabins on the Noordam are on Rotterdam Deck!

  • The two Penthouse Suites on the Noordam's Deck 7 are among the largest in the Holland America fleet!
  • Of the Deluxe Verandah Suites, SB7088 and SB7087 are oddly shaped and a bit roomier than the others on Deck 7 of the Noordam.
  • Aft on the Noordam's Deck 7, Deluxe Verandah Suites SB7142 and SB7145 have heavenly ocean views.
  • Also aft on deck 7 of the Noordam, Veranda Staterooms with best views (and less windy verandahs) are VA7140, VA7138, VA7136, VA7139, VA7141, and VA7143.

Related: Noordam Rotterdam Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 8 -- Navigation Deck

Navigation Deck on the Noordam features several Superior Verandah Suites, and all exterior accommodations have Verandahs. However, Lido Deck is just above, so there could be a noise factor to consider from the Lido pool areas, such as scraping when staff move deck chairs for cleaning during off hours, and from the Lido casual dining.

  • On Deck 8 of the Noordam, VA8033-SB8147 may be most affected by Lido noises. Guest reviews indicate that Cabin 8123, located just above a designated smoking area and just below Lido, was not a desirable location due to issues with smoke on the verandah and Lido noise that could be heard on the verandah and inside. 
  • Verandah Staterooms VA8031 and VA8032 have wheelchair accessibility on the Noordam's Navigation Deck.
  • Inside cabins I8037, I8041, I8045, and I8049 are more spacious than average on Deck 8 of the Noordam.
  • Of the Superior Verandah Suites on the Noordam's Deck 8, SS8094 and SS8099 are oddly shaped and boast a bit more room.
  • Aft on deck 8 of the Noordam, Deluxe Verandah Suites SB8140 and SB8147 have superb ocean views.
  • Best views from a Verandah Stateroom can be had aft from VA8138, VA8136, VA8134, VA8141, VA8143, and VA8145!

Related: Noordam Navigation Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


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