A Relaxing Cruise

Maasdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 44

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Sail Date: March 01, 2006
Ship: Maasdam
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 11 years ago
HAl seems to be somewhat a subdued cruise line. There wasn't the carnival like atmosphere that we've enjoyed on other cruise ships. If you are looking for a 'relaxing' cruise where all you do is lounge around all day than this ship is for you.

We were on an 11-day cruise and after a few days of this it did get quite boring. The cruise director staff needs to get on deck and liven things up!!!

Even the bars in the evening were low keyed. We're use to Karoake and skits, etc. that are on other ships. HAL had the piano bar, and low keyed bands. Even the nightlife in the Crowsnest was somewhat played down. The ship's staff seemed to have a good time but the paying passengers were left out in the cold.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was great. Nice variety, great waiters. We ran into one situation on the night we had lobster tails. Our table was told they were short on lobster and we would only be allowed one lobster tail meal each. The next day we found out that other people had two-three lobster meals. We did find that the 8:30 pm dinner seating was much too late so we moved to an earlier sitting. We had the luxury of one of the ship's officers at our table for all three of the formal nights. This was an unexpected pleasure.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Shows were OK. Not as up to par as on other ships, even the shows on our first cruise on the Maasdam were better.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
You always hear someone say that the room steward must be under the bed because everytime you leave the room (even if only for a few minutes) the room is cleaned up. Well - this is HAL. I did look under the bed a few times just to make sure!!!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We've been on this ship (Maasdam) before and the layout is nice. It's easy to get around and the ship is always spotless.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Never a complaint on a HAL ship.

Pros: Left out of Norfolk, VA. Food was great, Service was excellent, Shows were OK

Cons: Smoking in the Casino. Had some rough seas & the boat was rocking a few days. Not a lot of activities on deck.

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