susanhwood

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Maasdam

October 2014 - Maasdam to Canada, New England, New York

Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

     This was a fun cruise with lots of ports.  Unfortunately the weather had changed and we had some very cold and windy days.  Montreal and Quebec offered the most to do and see.  I would recommend going a few days before the cruise to make the most of Montreal..

   Its always hard to judge when the fall leaves wil be just right, I think the week before I went the colors were probably at their best.  I heard from several of the Canadians the weather was MUCH better,  Most of the fall color was gone in Canada, but Bar Harbor was in full color with all her gorgeous maple leaves..

     Holland America always does a good job catering to its older passengers.  The Indonesian crew is ALWAYS smiling and happy to assist.  Food is good and well presented.

     Only drawback was the loading and unloading of the cruise tour buses.   Getting 60 elderly people on and off buses takes time.  Think most places could be walked or discovered by taxi.

I would definitely recommend this cruise

 

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Sydney, Nova Scotia - Too bad it was pouring rain. Took in a nice little museum and they served "oat cakes and tea"
New York, New York - Should have stayed later. We were there for 8-5 and its just not long enough. Take the hop on--hop off bus tour. With more time could have attended an afternoon matinee at one of the famous theaters. Be sure to go to "Ground Zero" the Freedom tower is now up and they are working on the surrounding park
Bar Harbor, Maine - SUnshine and blue sky and lobster rolls...Yippee. Beautiful fall foliage and a charming town to walk.
Halifax, Nova Scotia - So many choices of tours. Took the one to Peggys Cove and the Titanic cemetary. The cemetary was very interesting. Peggy's cove though scenic has nothing else. Thin one could hire a taxi and hit several places rather than wait for 60 people to climb on ond off bus.
Ville Saguenay, Quebec - Must see the Cultural Show. Story of the settling Canada. Wonderful costumesw and horses on stage...
Montreal, Quebec - Great city, takes more than one day. I would recommend the Grayline tour of the city done before cruise, then can prowl on own. Must see Cathedral
Quebec City, Quebec - What a fantastic city. Take the walking tour and a coach ride and see it all. Lots of artists for moimentos of your trip
Maasdam Maasdam - On port/tour days its much faster to eat on the Lido deck than wait in dining room for fine dining

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received a helpful vote on their Maasdam cruise review - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

received a helpful vote on their Maasdam cruise review - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

received a helpful vote on their Maasdam cruise review - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

received a helpful vote on their Maasdam cruise review - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

received a helpful vote on their Maasdam cruise review - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

received a helpful vote on their Maasdam cruise review - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale Oct 18--31, 2014

shared a quick tip for Maasdam"On port/tour days its much faster to eat on the Lido deck than wait in dining room for fine dining"

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reviewed their Canada, New England, New York cruise on Maasdam and gave it 4 stars!