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My longest and best cruise to date. by sharonriley

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: South Pacific

Had a great time. A lot of sea days, I'm surprised I enjoyed the sea time so much. Looking forward to our cruise next year.

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A Trip of a Lifetime by hipple975

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

We enjoyed the trip. The Maasdam is a lovely ship. The service and accommodations were wonderful. The food at the Rotterdam is phenomenal. My husband preferred eating at the Lido. I would recommend this ship and cruise to anyone.

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Far Ranging South Pacific Cruise by faithds

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

This was a long cruise for us (31days) but it covered the South Pacific really well. The staff of the Maasdam really made the trip for us.

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fabulous australia circumnavigation by wcward41

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

we love HAL. have been on 15 + cruises -never a complaint. our only disappointment is rudeness of guests toward staff. that and stupidity of some people. example-- 1 of many--28 day islands and Amazon overheard a lady returning excursion tickets after she went on a tour in Manus to among other stops the "OPEN AIR MARKET" REPEAT "OPEN AIR MARKET" AND COMPLAINED BECAUSE IT WAS NOT "AIR CONDITIONED"-- to be fair men are equally stupid- overheard man on phone telling relatives back home- not to bother going to Amazon because "IT'S BORING"-

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Not enough shipboard activities by Tishypoo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

I like the size of the ship and that it was not very crowded. The recent Hurricane might have played a part in that. Too many sea days and not enough to do. The ship board activities did not very much from day to day.

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Canada Cruise by carolc926

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

I travelled with a group of 14 friends. If I had been on my own, I think I would have had a hard time filling the days with activities. The food was good, and the crew was excellent. My main complaint concerned the condition of the ship - very worn.

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Perplexed by stewill9

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

I guess this is where I explain the title "PERPLEXED". I don't know whether or Holland America is to blame. But, why do you show a line titled "Cruise St Lawrence River" after Quebec City in the photo above? It looked like to me like we had the full day of cruising the St Lawrence, just like we had a full day of cruising the "Gulf of St Lawrence" 2 days earlier!!!!! SO, I thought we would arrive in Montreal on Sunday morning, not Saturday morning. It cost me over $500 for hotel (booked the last day of cruising at VERY high cost) plus extra charges to change our flight arrangements. You do list the numbers on the left of the photo above so that it says day 7 on both lines, but why do you have to have the second line 7 of "Gulf of St Lawrence" to confuse me???? NO REASON!!!! Or, you would have included a line for each of the other stops possible saying, "Cruise Coast of Nova Scotia!!!! It's an ERROR, for sure. Someone owes me compensation for $500, either or Holland America, whomever is responsible for this OBVIOUS error!! Or please explain to me how "Crystal Clear" this is. Again, WHY is that line even there??????

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Summer Cruise on the Maasdam by WCF

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

All in all, one of the best ships, crew and overall experience I've had. A bit more TLC on the ship, and it would be perfect. I will sail Holland America again.

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Northeastern Cruise by dtrobert

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

All in all, it was a great cruise. Reasonably priced and a good value. We totally loved it. We especially enjoyed the excursions and the dinner service.

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Wonderful Cruise by Esimon623

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Great cruise destination. Cool temps and more kids because of summer and destination but a must see. The ship was great and as always HAL service is above and beyond

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Good Canada cruise by bhineman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Good cruise, not sure i would do again though. We were really disappointed in the ship musicians overall. We are musicians so having to avoid bad performers i the bars was annoying.

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Canada New England Cruise by drumtra

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Favorite parts of the cruise - We thoroughly enjoyed the ports except for Sydney. The service on the ship was excellent. 

 

Only disappointment was was that the cruise was a little light on entertainment and things to do.

 

 

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Great Ports of Call, Ship - So So by mdandcrnevin

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Actually a 3 1/2. My favorite cities on the trip were Toronto and Quebec, which we saw by our Globus tour and then Quebec again, all of the Maritime Ports, and Bar Harbor on the Maasdam. All these towns had good restaurants, good pubs and many points of interest. The Canadians we met were all friendly and super helpful. The Maasdam is showing her age. There were repairs and maintenance going on underway that were likely due to her age. The immigration and then tendering in Bar Harbor was poorly organized and communicated. The food on board was good but not great. The service, especially for our cabin was excellent. The cabin was on the small side and dirty windows on the outside impaired our view. The ship does have self-serve laundry facilities, which is convenient considering we did a week's tour before the cruise.

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Very good cruise, but for one major issue. by bcaruson

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

The destinations were wonderful.  Quebec City felt like being in Europe.  PEI was beautiful as was going to Peggy's Cove in Halifax.  Bar Harbor is also pretty and interesting.  Sydney is not much of a destination, so take a tour that brings you out of town.

It would have been 4 stars but for an issue with a tour of Arcadia N.P., which was poorly handled by Shore Excursion Manager: Amy Hanson.

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Holland America Not What it Once Was by snuson

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

The cruise itinerary was good.   The service on board was good in comparison to other cruise lines but somewhat lacking for HAL.  The service people that were on board were great!  However, there seemed to be less of them.  There was no live music around the pool nor any type of pool side activities.  The format for the Plan of the Day has changed to the When and Where, which really didn't info us.  No drink of the day, no weather forecast for the port, no menu for the dinning room, etc.  disappointing 

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Wonderful by dsara1204

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

The ports call were wonderful but I would check with Trippet visor for any tors in those areas for any activities to do in those areas it was much cheaper to do them not through the ship. Also if you're traveling with anyone 40 and under say anywhere between 17 and 40 have something to do because this particular seem to be geared towards the elderly.

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Great weather and great cruise by leehanley

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

This is a good cruise to take if you want a taste of the Quebec, and Nova Scotia area.  We chose the Ocean View Room, which was very comfortable.

 

The food was good, but if you are a foodie you may judge it as decent.

 

The crew was friendly and helpful.  The entertainment was okay, but they seem to have a lot of selling items such as Art Actions, etc. as entertainment.

 

If your looking for a laid back, relaxing cruise this is it.  Not a lot of frills, but nice people and beautiful sites to see if you take the shore tours.Happy

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panama cruise by mkmor

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Snorkling and swimming with stingrays in Grand Truk was exciting. I also enjoyed the tour of the Coen horse ranch and their Medical facilities for their workers.

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Nearly perfect by xavier05

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Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

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. 

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A cruise to container ship ports! by keiththelimey

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Maasdam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

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).

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