Wow! What a crew.
Maasdam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York
Review SummaryThis was the best cruising experience my wife and I have every had. I love repositioning cruises because you get to see a greater variety of ports with some stops that don't usually see very many cruise ships. This was the case with our itinerary starting from Fort Lauderdale and ending in Montreal. We really enjoyed all the ports but my favorites were Savannah,Ga (the people), New London,CT (the people and the 11 cannon salute welcome), and Quebec City (it's just beautiful). We hadn't been to the east coast before in our travels, (from Kansas), so this variety wetted our appetite for further exploration on land.
We've been on 6 cruises on 4 different lines and the friendliness of the crew of the Maasdam is exceptional. You can tell that the humor, helpfulness, and joy of life begins with Captain Henk through his infrequent anouncements and from his appearances at various funtions. This is further promoted by Cruise Director Adam and all the staff. To encounter a crew member on the stairs while they're cleaning and receive a warm greeting and smile is wonderful.
I must add that my wife and I were in the younger 5% of the passengers onboard. That is to be expected on a Holland America cruise of longer than 7 days. Even though most were older, they were a vibrant group who enjoy the quality that Holland America provides.
Food and Dining
We utilized the Lido buffet restaurant for most breakfasts and lunches and a few dinners. We used the starboard side of the Lido and were always greeted by the incomperable Nino, handing out trays and welcoming us by name. All the staff was helpful and friendly.
There are several musical perfomers and groups in various lounges and all of them are top notch. Whether you want something up beat or laid back, they delivered.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The quality and friendliness of the crew from Captain Henk on down.
Cons: Does ther have to be one?