Holland America Noordam Access
by Betty Sherman

Betty Sherman shares her recent Caribbean cruise aboard the Holland America Noordam.

Betty writes:

I have just returned from a 10-day cruise on the Holland America Noordam from New York to five islands in the Caribbean and back.

I traveled alone, had a handicapped cabin and a great time with no problems.


I used my power scooter, which is lightweight and comes apart in three pieces. I recharged it every evening to make sure it had full power for the next day.


My room was classified as handicapped accessible, so there was enough room. I booked late and maybe there were larger cabins, but the whole cruise sold out. 

The bathroom had grab bars, a roll-in shower and a seat in the shower.

I ate all of my meals in the dining room and everyone was pleasant and interesting. I plan on traveling with Holland America again. The Noordam is a new ship and extremely stable and I did not need my wristbands or ginger for seasickness. I would recommend this cruise to any elderly person traveling alone.


The shore director planned the trips ashore for me that were handicapped accessible. I disembarked at five ports: Tortola, Grand Turk and Turk, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and St. Martin. Everyone was pleasant and caring and tried to help me have the best possible trip.

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