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Maasdam Cruise Review to Alaska

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Maasdam

14 Night Alaska Great Land Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 06, 2016

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 725

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was a fantastic cruise.  Our agent selected the perfect outside cabin for us on Deck 4 near the front elevators.  The ship moved very smoothly; we couldn't tell when we docked at ports or shoved off.  The staff and crew were great.  Service was outstanding.  Meals were delicious, introducing us to new foods, and were presented artistically.  Floral arrangements around the ship were beautiful; the flowers always appeared as if just picked.  All ports of call were interesting.  I can't say anything about the excursions because we didn't take any.  We were quite lucky with the weather...it was warm and sunny in every port.  The only complaints I heard from anyone was that the clothes we packed for cold, wet weather were not needed.  It took me 37 years to get my husband on a cruise; it took less than 24 hrs for him to like it!  Thanks, Angela Dawson.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great. Artistic presentation. Some delicious foods were new to us.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Adagio, the piano/violin duet, was wonderful. There was a variety and timing for all tastes.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Very good. Loved the comedian.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very responsive to requests.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beginning to show it's age. Balcony in showroom poorly designed...must sit on first row to see the stage; otherwise, heads are in the way.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Perfect location for us. Having to share the bathroom with husband worked OK.

Ship tip

Check the daily schedule. There is so much going on you will have to choose which activities to participate in. Listen to announcements so as not to miss something of interest.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Wow, we finally got to see Mt Rainier on our 3rd visit which was a sunny day.

Cruise Vancouver Island

5 out of 5
It reminded me of what I saw on cruise by Sweden.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
Interesting displays of fish processing. Now there are nice shops in part of the buildings.

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

5 out of 5
The $20 trolley ride went through residential areas and the guide pointed out results of the devastating 1964 earthquake.

Homer, Alaska

5 out of 5
This was my favorite port for shopping.

Kodiak, Alaska

5 out of 5
Visited the lovely Russian Orthodox Church and had an informative conversation with the priest who was glad to share his knowledge of the church.

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
Glacier actively calving. Captain got fairly close to give us a good view of Hubbard and several other glaciers nearby. It was a bright sunny day so the tall mountains were visible (an unusual sight).

Sitka, Alaska

5 out of 5

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Quaint city with British flavor; many speedy harbor taxis zipping around. We were disappointed that the city charges $10 for round trip bus between ship and downtown. We enjoyed walking through the James Bay neighborhood and conversing with some of the residents.
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