Maasdam Cruise Review to Alaska

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
4-6 cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
3

5 out of 5

Great Alaska Cruise

Sail Date: June 06, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
Perfect location for us. Having to share the bathroom with husband worked OK.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Super efficient.
Ship Quality
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.
Destinations and Excursions
Liked them all.
Onboard Activities
Adagio, the piano/violin duet, was wonderful. There was a variety and timing for all tastes.
Entertainment
Very good. Loved the comedian.
Service and Staff
Very responsive to requests.
Food and Dining
Great. Artistic presentation. Some delicious foods were new to us.
Seattle, Washington
Wow, we finally got to see Mt Rainier on our 3rd visit which was a sunny day.
Cruise Vancouver Island
It reminded me of what I saw on cruise by Sweden.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Interesting displays of fish processing. Now there are nice shops in part of the buildings.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
The $20 trolley ride went through residential areas and the guide pointed out results of the devastating 1964 earthquake.
Homer, Alaska
This was my favorite port for shopping.
Kodiak, Alaska
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
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
Victoria, British Columbia
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.

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.



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