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Maasdam Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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13 Night New Zealand & Australia (Auckland To Sydney)

Sail date: January 02, 2017

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 156

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

After a very tiring flight, we got on board and discovered a very well worn room.  There was no place to plug in our CPAPs for sleeping.  We had informed the cruise line that this was necessary.  Our cabin steward had to get an extension cord and tape it across the floor.  The bathtub was peeling and very difficult to get in and out of.  The crew was very nice and we enjoyed meeting so many interesting people.  The docking for the ship was far from the communities and required a bus ride or shuttle to get to anything.  We loved our tours and I particularly enjoyed going into the bush to see kangaroos and koalas.  For anyone planning to go, give yourself an extra day or two at the beginning of the cruise to be over jet lag by the actual departure day.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
This ship is simply old and needs to be refurbished. It was clean, but places to plug in needed appliances were lacking.

Ship tip

The elevators are pretty fast. It is easy to get around this ship because it is not too big. Can't go aft to forward on deck seven. Public areas are roomy and well cared for.

Ports of call

Auckland, New Zealand

3 out of 5
Give yourself a couple of days prior to cruise date to be able to enjoy this city and to be ready for the cruise.

Tauranga, New Zealand Did not visit port

Be sure you know that tour times change. We were prepared for an 11am tour that actually went at 7:30am. We were so worn out from travel that we could not go.

Napier, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Akaroa, New Zealand Did not visit port

We missed this port because of bad weather.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5

Melbourne, Australia

5 out of 5

Sydney, Australia Did not visit port

Give yourself a couple of days at the end of the cruise to be able to enjoy this city.
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