We were on the Noordam last year (Dec 06) and loved the ship. It was a surprise to find that there was no self-service laundramat since HA has them on most of their ships. We did not recall anywhere that they had access to an iron. As to the Greek Islands, assuming that you are docked, you have complete freedom to get on and off. You do not say which islands but Santorini is a tender port, Mykonos is usually, but not always, a docked port (although the pier is about a mile from town). Guess I should also mention Rhodes and Crete which are also docking ports.