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Maasdam Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Maasdam

14 Night Land Of The Rising Sun (Tokyo Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 14, 2019

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Review summary

Japanese ports were safe and well organised. Not expecting that much emphasis on WW 2 battles

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Great and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Varied greatly, from excellent and interesting to barely edible. Very little variety in vegetables which were often overcooked.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Gym, pool, bridge. Daily lectures about ports of call that were the sites of significant American WW2 battles. No mention of Australian battles.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
No ship’s stage show but plenty of variety in guest performances. Poor selection of music in guest lounges.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
There is no kid’s club

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Excellent room stewards. Dining room staff need more training. Far too few staff in Lido

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Great

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean and in an excellent position. Quiet, near laundry and lifts.

Ports of call

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

5 out of 5
Good shuttle to train station. Plenty to see in port. Buy a Suica pass and load money on - this can be used on public transport throughout Japan. Cheaper than buying individual tickets

Kobe (Kyoto), Japan

5 out of 5
No excursion. Hop on / off bus to sky rail

Takamatsu, Japan Did not visit port

Kochi, Japan

5 out of 5
Castle is worth the time if you can walk well, lots of climbing. Sunday local markets are interesting

CRUISE KANMON STRAITS, JAPAN

1 out of 5

Kanazawa, Japan

5 out of 5
Took local hop on bus. Go to the shrine district, stop 5. Could spend a day just walking there.

Vladivostok, Russian Federation

4 out of 5
Have to take an excursion if you want to leave the ship. Alright.

Korsakov, Russia Did not visit port

Otaru (Sapporo), Japan

1 out of 5
Reentering Japan. Took up to 5 hours to clear immigration. Don’t plan an independent excursion as no allowances were made for this. Took local canal cruise which is within walking distance from port.

Hakodate, Japan

5 out of 5
Hop on / off bus. Rope way is good. Walk back about 200 metres and go to local war memorial.

Hiroshima, Japan

5 out of 5
Walked to memorials. Miyajima shrine is not visible due to repairs

Nagasaki, Japan

5 out of 5
Excellent memorials. Very well presented. Took local tram.

AMAMI OSHIMA (NAZE), JAPAN

5 out of 5
Shuttle to town. Very different, less commercialism. Find local 2nd shops for great bargains on Naze silk kimonos

Naha, Okinawa

2 out of 5
Immigration took lots of time again. Typhoon approaching so port time cut to 12:30 pm

Cruise Iwo Jima

3 out of 5
Only saw one side of island

Saipan, Mariana Islands

5 out of 5
Hired local driver, about 30 US each for 3 hours. Visited many significant WW2 sites.

Guam, Mariana Islands

5 out of 5
Good snorkeling. Go into new casino for breathtaking decorations and fast free WIFI

Cross The Equator

5 out of 5
Ship did pollywog christening very well

Jayapura, Indonesia Did not visit port

Civil unrest

Wewak, Papua New Guinea

3 out of 5
Walked off ship, busy, local markets. Watch your valuables carefully

Madang, Papua New Guinea

1 out of 5
Ship’s excursion to festival- little seating or shade, in park, uneven ground. No commentary to explain the different dancers or where they came from.

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5 out of 5
Local driver. 3 hours for 30 US each to see hot springs, Yamamoto’s headquarters, local museum, government seismic headquarters, Japanese barges

Noumea, New Caledonia

4 out of 5
Hop on / off can be purchased at terminal.

Isle Of Pines (Ile Des Pins), New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Beautiful. Great snorkeling straight off the beach near tender port

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Unfortunately we came into port before the sun rose.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Fast. Train terminal is close by. Cost from ship to airport was very reasonable
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