Moderate Mid-Size SET SAIL 2006
The Culinary Arts Center, where chefs host cooking demos
An all-weather swimming pool
Feasting on steaks in the Pinnacle Grill for $25 per person
Lounging on a heated mosaic bed in a Thermal Suite
Predinner drinks in the Crow's Nest as the sun goes down

With its succulent steaks, guest-chef program (check out the website for who is on when), cooking classes, two levels of wine tastings hosted by the Cellar Master and lessons in plate presentation and easy entertaining by the Party Planner, this is a ship for foodies with a taste for the good things in life.

ms Noordam OVERVIEW

With its dark-blue hull and well-proportioned lines, ms Noordam is a classy-looking cruise ship on the outside. And she is stylish on the inside, as befits her upscale position in the premium market.

The last of four Vista-class ships, ms Noordam was delivered with 34 more staterooms than her siblings and all of Holland America Line's Signature of Excellence features in place, including a culinary theater, an Internet café-cum-library and supercomfy beds with high-thread-count linens.

The end result is a perfect home for discerning cruise couples in search of a refined holiday that isn't stuffy. This ship is also good for multigenerational groups who need to please family members both young and old.

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ms Noordam sails Southern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the winter months. From April to October, she is based in the Mediterranean, sailing from Civitavecchia, Italy; Piraeus, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; and Istanbul, Turkey.