Maasdam Cruise Review to South America

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4 out of 5

Comfort Cruise line for the older generation

Sail Date: January 14, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

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).


Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Older ship. Some leaks in plumbing caused for fans on to dry out carpets. Elevators worked fast.
Destinations and Excursions
Many of Brazil smaller ports are not real exciting. Tip: get a cab to get places, cheap and fast.
Onboard Activities
Lots to do. But mostly for older crowd (which we were). Wish a bit more upbeat.
Some excellent, but most only so so. Guess you cannot expect too much on small ship.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
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).
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) They skipped this port due to bad seas.
Willemstad, Curacao
Town right near dock. Good internet all over. Clean and fun place.
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Good for snorkeling.
Port Of Spain, Trinidad
Scarborough, Tobago
Devils Island, French Guiana
Steps and not much here. But very interesting history of the prison. Many old prison building still there. Tender port.
Belem, Brazil
Long way to town and expensive to just get there. Best bet to get Reals is at Santaner bank.
Recife, Brazil
Salvador De Bahia, Brazil
Vitoria, Brazil
A Great Mall about $10 taxi ride away. A/C and lots of stores.
Buzios, Brazil
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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