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Maasdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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22 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To New York)

Sail date: April 26, 2017

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 326

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Staff and food were incredible.  The singers and dancers were wonderful.  I do think that the daytime activities for days at sea were rather unappealing.  The cruise director was mediocre at best, not really connecting with the guests.  There were two noontime programs on the Lido deck by excellent Mexican folk dancers.  The cruise director did not introduce or welcome them - he wasn't even present. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Not very interesting.


5 out of 5
Singers and dancers were outstanding. The best I've seen in my 10 cruises.

Children's Programs

I had no children with me.

Service and Staff

Cabin steward Putu, dining room waiter Aldi and Asst Dining Mgr Giawa were all outstanding.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Putu couldn't have been better. Cabin was clean and comfy.

Ship tip

Although the Maasdam is smaller than many ships, its size greatly contributed to its feeling of warmth and friendliness.

Ports of call

San Diego, California

3 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5

Manzanillo, Mexico

3 out of 5

Huatulco, Mexico

3 out of 5

Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico

3 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

3 out of 5

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

3 out of 5

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

3 out of 5

Enter Panama Canal At Balboa

3 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

3 out of 5

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

3 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

3 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5

New York, New York

3 out of 5
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