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3 out of 5

Great Ports of Call, Ship - So So by mdandcrnevin

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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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3 out of 5

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

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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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4 out of 5

Canada New England Cruise by drumtra

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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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4 out of 5

Overall a great cruise by erikgaylene

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In general, the food on the Maasdam was excellent, as was the service.  Although there was a variety of entertainment offered in the theatre, the performers, with only a few exceptions, were just average.   The HAL singers and dancers were quite good, but only performed 6 or 7 nights of the 33.  On several evenings, there was only a Natural Geographic film offered.  There was a wide variety of daytime activities to chose from. Tendering presented a problem in several of the ports, with either rough seas or a very slow disembarkation process upsetting passengers.  The ship itself had problems with the air-conditioning and plumbing, and even engine problems.   Staterooms and hallways flooded, saturating carpet inside cabins and down hallways.  This caused very unpleasant moldy and worse! smells.  Snorkeling and swimming in the turquoise waters of the islands, relaxing on white sand beaches, and taking in the French Polynesia culture were the highlights of this trip.  It is just unfortunate that HAL, which has a r long-standing reputation for immaculate ships, tarnished its reputation this cruise with the Maasdam, which is definitely in need of maintenance and repairs.

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3.7 out of 5

Canada Cruise by carolc926

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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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4.7 out of 5

Perplexed by stewill9

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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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4.4 out of 5

Very enjoyable Historic Coasts cruise by brentlgoddard

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We have taken 10 cruises on 4 lines but this was our first Holland America experience. We felt that, overall, this cruise included the best food and entertainment of any we have taken. The food was delicious. We especially appreciated that the desserts were actually sweet. The quality, professionalism and skill of the entertainers was superior to that found on our other cruises. The ship offers fewer options for fun (such as rock-wall, golf, water features, etc.) and the program offers fewer entertainment options. But it we enjoyed being mellow.

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5 out of 5

fabulous australia circumnavigation by wcward41

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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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3.8 out of 5

Not enough shipboard activities by Tishypoo

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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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4 out of 5

Relaxation at its finest by GoAweigh

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If you are looking for a drunk free cruise, to lovely places, with lovely (mostly) retired people, this is perfect. The ship itself is pristine, with wonderful smiling staff, eager to please. The dining room food was excellent,  and the breakfast and lunch buffets were plentiful and very good.we usually book an inside room, but we had been upgraded to an Oceanview room.The room was comfortable and kept spotlessly clean. The piano bar was fabulous, and the lounge trio were excellent, as were the classical duo. The showroom entertainment isn't spectacular, but the comedians were excellent. The heated aft pool was one of our favorite

"get aways " spots, as well as the very comfy and we'll appointed Seaview library, complete with coffee cafe..

The itinerary was terific. We especially enjoyed Halifax, Montreal and Quebec City.

The ship docks right in the heart of the Old Town, in both Quebec and Montreal.

Everything is easily accessible, and the views are stunning. Sydney and Charlottetown are both small and lovely. Charlottetown gas the world's best mussels, and wonderful seafood shacks are right near the dock.

We actually did 14 nights on this cruise, Boston to Montreal and then back to Boston.  The, on board activities were lackluster,  but we enjoyed every moment.

This is not a cruise, , or ship, for children.

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2 out of 5

This Ship Needs to go into drydock by cgbvoh

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I'll start with the few positive things on the Maasdam...the food was very good. The ships galley presented a large variety of choices each day.  Chef Peter did an excellent job of being visible and providing tasty menu options.  The ports were enjoyable. The waiters and the crew were all very friendly... which on most cruise lines they generally are.

 

Now to the negatives... The ship is OLD.  The carpets are miss matched on all of the decks.  We had 8 days when the toilets didn't work.  The veranda deck during those 8 days smelled like a sewer and feces.  In our cabin the smells ranged from sewer gas, engine exhaust, varnish and unidentifiable odors.  We had to purchase air freshener to mask the stink. We also had to keep the veranda door open so we would have fresh air in our cabin.  This was all brought to the attention of the customer service department who always provide a sincere apology and then did nothing.  When a maintenance person was sent up to check on the odors he said there was nothing he could do about them and provided an excuse on what he thought they was coming from.  On the ship they were constantly varnishing, painting or chipping paint.  Which created strong odors all over the vessel.

 

We purchased a Spa Veranda Suite at a cost of $19K+.  When we got to the room it was dirty and there were hairs all over the bathroom.  The hair dryer was so sticky and grimy that I refused to use it.  It was replaced eventually.  The room amenities that were listed for a Spa Suite were not in the room when we arrived.  We had to notify housekeeping to provide them for us.  Some of the drawers were broken and would fall on the floor when opened.  

 

Tendering was a nightmare.   The first port of Hilo we waited for 3 hours to get on a tender.  In the port of Kona it was just as bad with a 2 hour wait to get on the tender leaving us only 3 hours of free time in this port.   The Captain did somewhat apologize and gave everyone one hour of free drinks.  During the wait time to get on a tender no reason was ever given as to why the wait was so long.   Trust me when I say...NO ONE was happy tendering.   Well, I take that back....maybe the people who are 4&5 stars who got all of the early tender tickets for themselves and their friends.

 

Here was our experience with the ships specialty restaurant called the "Pinnacle Grill".   The first time we went we ordered Halibut & Shrimp.  We had seen this demoed in the Culinary Arts Center.   It look delicious at that time.   When our Halibut arrived in the Pinnacle Grill it was dried out and salty.  They offered to replace it.  It was already late and we didn't want to wait for them to recook the fish and declined the offer.   We decided to give the Pinnacle another try.  Our second time was worse then the first experience.  I ordered a petite filet cooked medium rare.   It came out well done.  I sent it back.  The second filet came back raw.   They returned it to the kitchen and recooked the same piece of meat.   This time it was brought back dried out....plus all of our side dishes by now were cold.  We requested they bring us some new sides which they did.  After that, they never came back to ask if everything was okay.  Having been to other "Specialty Restaurants" on other cruise lines and had excellent food and service....my advice is save the $35/person cover charge for the Pinnacle Grill and get a good meal in one of the ports.   

 

We have cruised on RCCL, Celebrity, Viking and Azamara many times before.  This was our first time cruising on Holland America.   We definitely did not feel like welcomed "new" guests.   They did nothing extra to make us want to cruise with this line again.   We only selected this cruise because of the itinerary.  Had we known the ship was is such disrepair we wouldn't have gone this voyage.

 

Based on our experience with Holland America....we are not sure we would recommend this to fellow travelers.   Especially not traveling on the Maasdam until it has been refurbished or replaced.    

  

 

 

 

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4 out of 5

Great weather and great cruise by leehanley

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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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4.4 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise by Cruiser44196468

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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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4 out of 5

Review of Panama Canal Cruise by keithswanedward

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We had such an amazing honeymoon on the MS Masdaam! Overall, the staff were so friendly and helpful. We loved going to the Crows Nest for trivia with Jess. Caesar and the other bartenders up there were always so nice and made great drinks. Dharen at the Mix and Poy, kitchen staff on Lido were also so sweet and attentive. They always remembered our names and orders and greeted us with smiles and enthusiasm everyday. 

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise!! by lawhitson13

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The Maasdam singers and dancers made the cruise for me.  They were the best entertainers we've seen on any cruise we've been on.  The stewards, especially in the dining room, were excellent.  Almost all of the excursions were worthwhile and enjoyable.  The only one that was so-so was in Guatemala.  The only negative was the size of the locker room in the spa.  It was difficult to change with more than one other person in the room.  The thermal suite was smaller than on other HA ships, but was adequate for the number of passengers.  Overall, an enjoyable cruise!!

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4.5 out of 5

A Trip of a Lifetime by hipple975

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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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4.9 out of 5

Northeastern Cruise by dtrobert

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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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4.4 out of 5

Good Canada cruise by bhineman

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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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5 out of 5

Enjoyable by soulgood

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We spent 3 days in Montreal prior to Our Cruise, this gave Is time to experience the Beautiful City, Embarkation on the ship was fast & easy ( especially when you check in Online & order excursions prior). 

 Our room ( 540) was larger than I expected! It was located on the Main deck. I asked my travel agent to also have our room near the self serve laundry ( Hate bringing dirty clothes home!) We were 3 doors down & across from one! Our room Steward was friendly & Helpful! In fact all of the Staff from Steward, Barista, Dining, Desk, etc,We're Great! 

 Our food was Good & had many Healthy options. ( salad bar on Lido deck). We enjoyed Movies in the Theater ( 7 & 10 pm). Explorations with The Fab Barista( Angeline) & library were enjoyable. The were t many children onboard,,Thank goodness! Our Excursions were fun! Not many were scheduled too Early( we are on vacation after all!😊) Our trip was relaxing & the ports were interesting! 

 Debarkation was Easy! We were Staying in Boston for a few days & Doubletree Bayside hotel had a shuttle pick us up!

Only Cons,,Expensive Internet! And if you pay,,you can't use Netflix! ( you could borrow a DVD from front desk)

When we pulled into ports, folks rushed into the terminals for Free Wi-Fi! Lol!

We enjoyed ourselves & we are frequent Cruisers,,Good Job to Holland America

 

 

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3.4 out of 5

Good and BAD points by rhmoen

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Very good itinerary. Lower staterooms needs to be brought up to date, for the $$ you spend for them. Better training for room stewards and wait staff and folks incharge of the muster stations.

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