This is a great get away cruise. If you do not have to fly and have the time it is well worth the money.
They said the ship went trough up grades a while back, but I only saw the addition of Guy's and the burrito and taco restaurants.
There were no changes to the cabins, still the old TV's and worn space.
The shows are the same (need to be updated) I have seen them all, some have different cast members. The cruise has stopped the lobster on any night (not called formal night anymore, most cruise lines have caved into the people that do not want to dress up. I say that is what the buffet is for). The staff seem to be less willing to go out of their way for you without letting out a sigh or making a face (not intended for you to see) letting bystanders know they are not happy. I still will take them when I need a get away.
This was a relaxing trip. The anytime dining was frustrating as you got conflicting info for making reservations from the crew. We found just getting there early was easier the waiting on hold for reservations. The service was good, food was OK. The selections were basic cruise fare I had a hamburger one night as that was the best selection for me.
They do still have lobster the 2nd formal night.
The shows fill up fast, there was no adult comedy.
The on deck movies were OK.
The buffet was a safe place to get food that you had a selection and was good for buffet food.
Embarkation and debarkation was pain less.
We started our trip with a stay at the Hilton airport. The hotel was OK. The light rail was across the street so we got a all-day pass for $6.00 and went to Pikes market.
The hotel included the transfer to the ship the next day.
The Maasdam is an older ship, but is well maintained.
I had booked an inside cabin as usual as we have had balconies and view cabins but have found inside a more affordable and perfectly good choice. I did get a window for the Panama Canal and did find the view in the canal fascinating.
My wife wanted a balcony for the Alaska trip so when they offered a discount the last 4 days before we left down to an additional $ 499 per person I thought I would surprise her, they were all out but did have a lanie witch is a sliding glass door that opens out to the deck where people can walk by. You have two lounge chairs dedicated to your rom (just convince the people that want to sit there they are for you), the chairs are supposed to be labeled as such. They finally attached the labels on the 2nd to the last day. Our neighbor got into a shouting match with another passenger over this and had to call the front desk..
Our cabin was CA 732 and happened to be under the galley. This was the most noisy cabin we have had in 54 cruises. Every night the was noise 11:00 - 5:00 was the worst. I called the front desk and they offered another room to sleep in? They at a later date gave us an additional $ 150.00 ship board credit.
Holland America has a DVD collection that you go and checkout at no fee to watch in your room. We had trouble a few days with our DVD player so they changed it out with a new one. They gave us a free ($10:00 value) in the Italian restaurant for our trouble.
The Holland America was one of the last cruise lines that up held the dress code in the dining room and I an sad to say the now have a "Gala " night and do not require a jacket or tie (very disappointing).
The food was not as good as our last Holland trip with a lot of repeat food types.
The buffet (Lido) was not as good and running out of some main courses.
They had great beer battered fish but did not always have tarter sauce?
The pool deck burger stand "The Dive in" had a long wait time after ordering and they wound run out of condiments. The had taco shells with chicken, shredded beef with all the fixings but the would put a frozen block of guacamole out for chips?
The shows were alright but I have seen better,
The staff is one of the more friendlier you will find.
Take money foe excursions and they are not cheep.
You can walk or ride shuttles into most of the towns, but the are small towns with not much to do, except for Juneau, Anchorage and Ketchikan.
The boarding and disembarkation was easy.
Glacier bay was great the others I could of done without.
We did back to back to back cruises and this was the best. Grand Turk has the most beautiful beaches right off the ship.
Our room steward was great, like they used to be.
The food was good and the entertainment was good.
I like they have comedy most nights with three shows some for all age groups.
The boat was constantly moving with a rocking movement not like I have experienced before.
The joke from the comedian "is the captain trying to hit every wave"
The embarkation and debarkation was great,
The boat was beautiful, clean and always busy.
There were bars in places I would not of thought they would be.
The worst room steward ever in 52 cruises.
They have an up charge for everything. Room was very nice.
The Embarkation was the worst of all time of 49 cruises. Royal does not usually sail from San Pedro so they ended up at the end of the pier.
The people at the port did not give proper directions and it was not fun. They had us drive from the parking lot to the end of the pier and drop off people an luggage.
The shuttle bus would take luggage and passengers and it would of saved a lot of time.
The boarding process was done from a tent and it was hot, long lines, and little direction. We were sent to the wrong line and then the power went out and the whole process stopped.
We did not get introduced to our room steward the whole trip.
Our room had the last two cruise compass in the drawer, there was an old water bottle in the room.
The boat is an older boat with a lot of charm. It is ready for the Royal upgrade as the newer boats have flat screens in the rooms.
Great time after a bad start.
The cruise was Friday to Monday, The ship left on time and the weather was great.
The room we had was inside guarented and we ended up with a handicapt unit. The door had to open and close by an opener/closer. This was a little bit of a pain especiatly when you hit the butten in the middle of the night as the button was right nex to the bathroom light switch.
There seemed toalways be a coffee machine or ice machine broken so you had to search for a workig one.
The comedy shows were good, with the late night my choice. My wife and Grand daughter went to the headliner show and sat in front row, there was no warning as the male singer proceeded to get his clothes torn off and my 7 yr old Grand daughter saw her first strip show.
Her comment was you can see the out line of his weiner. I thought they shoud of rated it at least PG.
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shared a quick tip for Carnival Inspiration"The comedy show for adults is later. I will set in the back incase I do not like the comedian, I can leave without bothering anybody.
They have dropped the George Lopez introduction, I do not know if he no longer has a part in selecting the comedians.
The tasty bites are good promenade before dinner"
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shared a quick tip for Ruby Princess"Make anytime dining reservations by phone early they only take 20% reservations.
Happy hour is 3:00 - 4:00 in the wheelhouse bar buy one the second is a dollar.
There is one night of no smoking in the casino.
The theatre 6th floor entrance usually has seats down in front."
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