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Maasdam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 80

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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47 Night Amazon & Carnaval Explorer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 14, 2016

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 033

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

Most on our cruise were over 60 (not a bad thing), so a relaxed pace and quieter group.  No issue on getting deck chairs or dining room tables.  Although main shows were busy, there were always a few seats for anyone coming in late.   Many did not go to shore at stops in Brazil, so usually no lines - except a 15 min or so wait for tendering. Ship was very clean, always picked up.  Rooms cleaned promptly.   However there were leaks in some of plumbing (not our room), so fans on often.  Food generally very good, although selection a bit skimpy (maybe because it is small ship - Maasdam).


Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food good, but limited selection, probably due to a small ship. Pinnicle Grill was good, but they would not get escargot from Main Dining room when they did not have them at Pinnicle (but were on Main dining room menu).

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Lots to do. But mostly for older crowd (which we were). Wish a bit more upbeat.


3 out of 5
Some excellent, but most only so so. Guess you cannot expect too much on small ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Older ship. Some leaks in plumbing caused for fans on to dry out carpets. Elevators worked fast.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Great service. Laundry done in 1 day!! Breakfast in Pinnacle Grill was great. Not real happy about Nepture Lounge - lot of food, but limited drinks (I suppose you need to buy) and few people there much of the time. John, the one in charge was not real friendly and had his nose in his computer 90% of the time. Hardly looked up when we came in. Not mean, but seemed disinterested. His sub, a woman, was much better.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Did not visit port

They skipped this port due to bad seas.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Town right near dock. Good internet all over. Clean and fun place.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

3 out of 5
Good for snorkeling.

Port of Spain

3 out of 5

Scarborough, Tobago

1 out of 5

Devils Island, French Guiana

5 out of 5
Steps and not much here. But very interesting history of the prison. Many old prison building still there. Tender port.

Belem, Brazil

1 out of 5
Long way to town and expensive to just get there. Best bet to get Reals is at Santaner bank.

Recife, Brazil

3 out of 5

Salvador De Bahia, Brazil

1 out of 5

Vitoria, Brazil

3 out of 5
A Great Mall about $10 taxi ride away. A/C and lots of stores.

Buzios, Brazil

5 out of 5
Nice little town with an internet place (cheap). Use Water taxis to get to the beach you want - about same as taxi and faster and more fun.
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