Maasdam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Vote
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4 out of 5

A historic treat!

Sail Date: August 01, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The Maasdam is a nice size ship with very little crowding and an amazing staff. We got a GREAT deal on this sailing on an S category suite and enjoyed the services in the Neptune Lounge very much. We highly recommend this cruise to those who enjoy relaxation (this is a slower paced, history rich cruise) and a port intensive itinerary.

Pros: S Suite accomodations, time in Quebec, exceptional service onboard, the Neptune Lounge

Cons: Hours of service in Lido restaurant

Cabin / Stateroom
We loved the S category, and stayed in S022. The room could have been cleaner, and was notably old, but we still loved the size, and the wonderfully comfortable beds. The balconies are enourmous.
We had a major plumbing leak outside our room in a fire station type area that cuased a major leak into the carpet in our room in 2 places- near our bed, and outside our bathroom. The odor was horrible, but the concierge and housekeeping staff compensated us and did their very best to minimize the trauma (despite a nasty stench, blowers in the room, deodorizers, towels on the floor, you name it!). They handled the problem very well.
Ship Quality
We have only sailed on larger ships, and very much enjoyed the 1200 passenger size of this ship. The ship is a little old, but recent improvements make it hardly noticeable. The ship is classy, easy to get around and nicely done.
My personal opinion is that HAL's decor is sort of overdone (too much gold and weird coloring, statues, faux marble...things like that), but the ship is still very classy and elegant.
Food and Dining
The ONLY thing we don't care for on HAL are the very limited Lido hours. While it would be nice if they also had a "healthy choice" type menu (lower fat, sodium choices), it is still possible to make healthy dining choices everywhere you eat.
Service and Staff
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Walking around in this City is a waste of time. It is a very depressed city. Get to the Lake areas or our of town for best enjoyment.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Quebec City, Quebec
Don't miss out on walking this city. It is a must do. We biked 15 miles to Montmorency Falls. Very strenuous because of a major headwind and rain, but if you like very physical Shore EX, it is fun!
Halifax, Nova Scotia
We used Jonathan with YourCab. Great all day tour of the sites near by...Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, Chester, Mahone Bay.


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