Christmas and New Year cruise

Maasdam Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 35

Overall Rating:

3.3 out of 5
Maasdam

16 Night Southern Ocean Holiday (Sydney To Perth)

Sail Date: December 21, 2018

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review Summary

This was a cruise on a smaller ship. It was disappointing to see that the dress code for gala dinners was not strictly adhered to. On New Years eve there was no balloon drop, just a deck party on the lido.The biggest let down was the lack of Professional entertainment in the theatre at night. Not many activities organised during the day either which was poor, especially on sea days. There was no Destination expert as such and the company running the excursions did not seem to have the knowledge of say Princess staff

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Very good and quick

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dress code not really enforced, all drinks carried a 18%service charge, the pricing was in $US so could be expensive

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Not very much to do during the day, trivia at 4pm and 7pm

Entertainment

1 out of 5
No theatre style productions. No shows every night. Some evenings just a movie shown in the main theatre. In two weeks we had 4 Spanish Opera singers , a second rate American comedian, a couple of vocal and instrumentalists. Only one good show, singer/guitarist called Patrick McMahon

Children's Programs

Only about 5 children on the cruise

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Staff were all pleasant and friendly, room stewards were good and the cabin was kept clean and tidy

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
For an old ship, it was not in bad condition, although despite recent refurbishment it is starting to look old and tired

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was a good size with smallish bathroom, but included a bathtub. Small seating area for two with table and a desk and chair. Balcony adequate with two loungers and small table

Ship Tip

Make sure that you find out information on the ports visited before joining. The EXC onboard guides appear to just gather their information from google and are not very helpful

Ports Of Call

Sydney, Australia

4 out of 5
We have spent a lot of time in Sydney, so know it well.

Melbourne, Australia

3 out of 5
We were only in the port earlier in the year, so we just walked to St Kilda

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2 out of 5
We had a friend who gave us a personal tour of the surrounding area. As it was Christmas Day, nothing was open

Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia Did not visit port

Only visited last year, so stayed on the ship

Adelaide, Australia

4 out of 5
Met family and spent the time with them

Kangaroo Island, Australia

3 out of 5
The excursions seemed expensive from the ship, it is cheaper to hire car and do it yourself.The car needs to be booked well in advance

Port Lincoln, Australia

3 out of 5
Spent time in the port ourselves, got information from local tourist information. Used the shuttle from the ship. Only a small town, but good local taxi service.

Esperance, Australia

3 out of 5
Only a small town which we have visited many times previously.Did not take ships tour

Albany, Australia

3 out of 5
Again, have visited many times. We did not do an excursion. The anzac memorial is a must and easily done by taxi

Bunbury, Australia

3 out of 5
NO excursion, As we do not live far away we know the area well.

Fremantle (Perth), Australia

5 out of 5
We live here!!, so left the ship at this port

Geraldton, Australia Did not visit port

Not part of cruise

Exmouth, Australia Did not visit port

not part of cruise

Broome, Australia Did not visit port

Cruise ended in Fremantle

KURI BAY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Did not visit port

Left the ship in Fremantle

Darwin, Australia Did not visit port

Not on the ship

Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor) Did not visit port

Not on ship

Komodo Island, Indonesia Did not visit port

Not on ship

Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia Did not visit port

Not on Ship

Celukan Bawang, Bali, Indonesia Did not visit port

Had left ship

Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia Did not visit port

Not on ship

Surabaya, Java, Indonesia Did not visit port

Not part of our cruise

Semarang, Java, Indonesia Did not visit port

Not part of our cruise

Singapore Did not visit port

Left the ship in Fremantle

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very good, very well organised and speedy collection of luggage
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