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Maasdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 25

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Maasdam

24 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Boston)

Sail date: April 26, 2017

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 106

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

THE VERY GOOD: The cabin. The food. The cabin staff and the food and drink servers.

THE NOT SO GOOD: Shore excursions varied, some good, some bad - All overpriced. All drinks were overpriced. Entertainment varied, some good, some bad. Front desk service variable - good, if it was a simple matter - unhelpful, if it required a little imagination, see comments below.

THE UGLY: The ship's moving map stopped working after several days and was never repaired. The captain gave hardly any information as to where we were cruising and when he did make an announcement it was inaudible and the information given was about the port we were already leaving. We often docked at filthy commercial ports instead of cruise ports. At cruise ports we were nearly always moored at docks furthest from the port entrance or we did not even moor at the main cruise port. At Aruba we moored half a mile from the port entrance and on the cruise were many elderly people and persons with limited mobility (ie. Some in pushed wheel chairs and others needing walkers). Despite this, HAL provided no shuttle, golf carts or any other means to get these people to the port entrance where they could get transport. HAL should be ashamed of themselves for such inconsiderate behaviour. Front desk was unhelpful with arranging the meet up for shore excursions when people had not them booked through HAL, athough the ship did not even dock in the main cruise port. (HAL did not offer the excursions in question).

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Lido restaurant closed too early for dinner

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Very limited sports activities. Trivia quizes were the best social activity provided.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin staff were excellent

Ports of call

San Diego, California

5 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5

Manzanillo, Mexico

1 out of 5

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5

Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico

1 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

1 out of 5

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

1 out of 5

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

3 out of 5

Enter Panama Canal At Balboa

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 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

5 out of 5
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