Western Caribbean Cruise
Maasdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: December 17, 2010
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Overall we enjoyed the cruise. We have sailed this cruise line before and were a little disappointed with the service by comparison to the last cruise. We enjoyed many of the stops including the Mayan ruins, the Rhino excursion in Costa Maya, the cave tubing in Belize, the horseback riding in Santo Tomas Guatamala and the snorkeling in Roatan. I might not recommend booking an excursion in every port as we were very exhausted. One thing we had looked forward to was the last stop, a private island, Half Moon Cay. If you book this cruise and are really counting on that as the highlight keep in mind that depending on weather you may have to pass it, as we did. The surf was way too high and the wind was too dangerous and the ship has to anchor offshore and tender into the island. We heard from other frequent cruisers that this can be more common. For the most part the excursions and stops met our expectations. We were a bit disappointed with the lack of organized kids programs. This cruise was booked over Christmas and there were around 150 kids, many of them teenagers, including ours. The set up on board was not really conducive to that many teens. The food was good in the buffets with a lot to choose from. We did also try to the Pinnacle Grill restaurant and although the food was excellent we didn't find the service there to be as good as what we experienced in the regular dining room. Also, we needed to wait to make a reservation in the restaurant for Christmas Eve after we started the cruise. We also found the passengers to be bit older and the evenings were a bit dull for us.
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Don't Miss: Snorkeling the Roatan Reef
Pros: Several of the excursions were a lot of fun.
Cons: Service was not as good as past cruises.