clevelandmb

clevelandmb
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Maasdam

January 2016 - Maasdam to South America

Comfort Cruise line for the older generation

Most on our cruise were over 60 (not a bad thing), so a relaxed pace and quieter group.  No issue on getting deck chairs or dining room tables.  Although main shows were busy, there were always a few seats for anyone coming in late.   Many did not go to shore at stops in Brazil, so usually no lines - except a 15 min or so wait for tendering. Ship was very clean, always picked up.  Rooms cleaned promptly.   However there were leaks in some of plumbing (not our room), so fans on often.  Food generally very good, although selection a bit skimpy (maybe because it is small ship - Maasdam).

 

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Santorini, Greece - Get off ASAP and get in line for cable car - or else take boat to New port and use buses. The cable car line is very disorganized (line cutters) and took us about 45 minutes or longer. Similar problem on coming back - but only 30 minute line for us. You get in line and get tickets just before you get on cable car - not a separate line. Donkeys on the 400+ stairs can be messy if you decide to walk. Other than cable car and crowds, the port is a solid 5 star. Get private tour in advance if you can as big buses cannot go into small areas.
Venice, Italy - Did on own. There is baggage check right at end of People Mover (plaza Roma bus area) if you want to do Venice for a day before/after cruise. Opens at 7am. Disembarkation in Venice was a breeze - no passport or bag check for most. If you get to Doge's Palace (a Must Do) by 8:30am, you will have hardly any line and no crowds. Tickets sold from front of line. Allow at least 1 hour, but probably needs at least 50% more time to really enjoy. Burano (lace island is wonderful), but allow 35 minutes by vaporetto to get there (and also to get back).
Mykonos, Greece - Old town right next to port. Very easy to walk around and get lost and then back to port. Lots of shops and places to get a drink and an snack.
Kotor, Montenegro - Great old town right there next to port 9 (5 minute walk from ship to the old town walls). Wander around and get lost!
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Not much time here and we have been before, so we stayed in port area. Port is about 2 miles from the walled city. There is a great cafe on the road just beyond where you dock for drinks, snacks, clean restroom and fast WiFi. The Bristro will be changing its name to sometime like Bristro 49 - and has a reddish awning. And right across from the local bus stop. You can see it once you exit the port walking exit.
Corfu, Greece - A private tour is a must to get to out of the way places. Again, car or van can get you to small areas a bus cannot get to.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - If you get Concierge service from suites or status, use it to get off at ports and end of cruise. Very fast and well run.
Belem, Brazil - Long way to town and expensive to just get there. Best bet to get Reals is at Santaner bank.
Vitoria, Brazil - A Great Mall about $10 taxi ride away. A/C and lots of stores.
Buzios, Brazil - Nice little town with an internet place (cheap). Use Water taxis to get to the beach you want - about same as taxi and faster and more fun.
Devils Island, French Guiana - Steps and not much here. But very interesting history of the prison. Many old prison building still there. Tender port.

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