WALLACE IMMEN aboard the Noordam in Croatia. The marble streets of Dubrovnik have been polished to a gleaming smoothness by the millions of feet that have walked over them. And on a typical morning in tourist season, it can seem like all those millions are still here, as a number of cruise ships and uncountable… [Read More]
By WALLACE IMMEN This week, I’m making a long-awaited return to Holland America’s Noordam. It’s a ship I loved the first time I sailed aboard her a few years back. We’ll be sailing from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, and after a day at sea we’ll visit Dubrovnik, and take a drive through rural Croatia. From… [Read More]
Ship: Noordam Maiden Voyage: February 22, 2006 Best Of Class: Noordam is a “perfect ship,” said a young Filipino steward as I boarded. Perhaps she’s “perfect” because Holland America Line had the experience of building three sister vessels that preceded Noordam: Zuiderdam, introduced in 2002, to Oosterdam (2003), to Westerdam (2004) and finally Noordam.