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99 Holland America Montreal Cruise Reviews

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islandblue
Member Since 2013
1 review
69 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We flew into Montreal the day before the cruise and stayed at the lovely Fairmont hotel, The Queen Elizabeth. We took a taxi over to the old port area to enjoy lunch at a recommended crepes restaurant - Chez Suzette. Excellent! We took ... Read more
richard1s
Member Since 2004
13 reviews
371 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
It’s always fun to get a way and it is especially exciting to go on a cruise. The following are some of our experiences on the Holland America Maasdam Canada/New England cruise departing Montreal on 9/5. This is one of our ... Read more
Cruise4food
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Maasdam was a good size for a first time cruiser. Enough choices for restaurants and lounges without being crowded. If I remember, the quoted number aboard was around 1160. Stateroom I-029 on Navigation Deck has more than enough space for ... Read more
corvetteatthelake
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We are not "Career Cruises." Age, for both; mid 60's. Both in reasonable shape with no physical problems. Flew into Montreal from Raleigh, NC, (RDU) the night before and stayed at the Lord Berri Hotel, close to the ... Read more
mothra102
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First time booking with Holland America. Embarkation was a breeze. This is a smaller ship so getting around within the ship was fairly quick and easy. They did a good job of explaining and offering shore excursions for a range of taste. ... Read more

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highc
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We have taken 10 cruises, mostly on Princess & Celebrity & this was our first cruise with Holland America which we chose because of the proximity of the embarkation port to our home and we loved it. We drove to the port & ... Read more
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ajscott
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was my 7th cruise, first with Holland America. Overall I enjoyed myself on this cruise. Holland America seems to be a step up from Carnival, in terms of class and you can definitely tell that their clientele are retirees. My parents ... Read more
Alialio
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We recently traveled to Canada to embark on the Maasdam for a 7 day cruise to Boston via Qubec, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbour, then on to Boston. We are in our 40's and took our two teenage daughters with us, so ... Read more
imaproudma
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is my 12th cruise on several different lines so I feel qualified to review our trip. We are a family of four including two young teens. Overall it was wonderful! Holland America (HA) went out of their way to try to please. We always ... Read more
nycruiser80
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
627 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I sailed the Maasdam from Montreal to Boston on the Canada/New England Cruise in June of 2015. I have sailed one other time with Holland on the Noordam, in addition I have sailed extensively with other lines in the past. The Maasdam is ... Read more

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williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Like all embarkations, this one involved large groups of people being processed in limited space, but we all were got on board without too much drama. Holland America representatives met us at the airport and took us by bus to the ship. On ... Read more
williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. ... Read more
Norguy
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I booked a Canada/New England cruise aboard the ms. Maasdam last fall. After reading several negative comments about the ship and cruises on the Maasdam, I was a little concerned. After arriving a day early in Montreal to rainy ... Read more
Dayenu
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
3,166 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise with HAL on Maasdam, a smaller ship. Sailed before with RCI, Princess, NCL. As always, I picked the cabin in the lower part of the ship, in the middle third, and with a window to avoid sea sickness. The stops ... Read more
NANAANDPOPPY
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cruise really was terrific---food wonderful--cabin clean and quite roomy---even had a tub. very small annoyances----crosswords are printed on half pages and are impossible to read---also decaf coffee was not decaf several days. the ... Read more

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Kittj
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 15th cruise, and we have cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Norwegian. The Maasdam is older but still in good shape. This is probably the smallest cruise ship we have cruised on, and we quite liked it. ... Read more
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Old Timex
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is my 3d cruise and 1st on Holland America. Original cruise for October 2014 was canceled due to mechanical problems on the ship. Holland America refunded our money and gave a $ 1700 credit for a cruise within a year! The Maasdam ... Read more
Joanhat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After choosing this cruise because of the itinerary, we had mixed experiences on the ship. A norovirus episode on the prior sailing made for a delayed, and very poorly organized, embarcation. Long wait, poor communication, inadequate ... Read more
robynraymer
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We had been on one other HAL ship, the Noordam, and loved it. (never been on any other line) The Maasdam was every bit as nice--just smaller. If we cruise again, we will choose HAL, unless some other highly-rated line offers us a deal we ... Read more
cruzmann
Member Since 2005
5 reviews
57 forum posts
1 helpful vote
When people ask if I liked this cruise the answer would be a qualified yes and likewise when asking about the ship I would also give it a positive rating. But, I'm not sure about either. If you talk about the cruise itself you have to take ... Read more

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jpcouncil
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This cruise was uneventful, relaxing and entertaining. Our favorite ports were Quebec City and Halifax. Our suite was just as good as I remembered from a previous HAL cruise to Alaska. Room steward was also very good. Actually, all ... Read more
Spodelover
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed the ports of call. We met a lot of nice people. I wouldn't say the ship experience was the best. This is our third HAL cruise. Our room was very nice. Clean, comfortable, and a sweet steward who took good care of us. The ... Read more
Ted777
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall I'd give this 3\10 - not good. Our experience was negative mainly due to our room. Our "large ocean view stateroom" (842) was awful - turned out to be at the back of the ship, on the lowest floor, and sounded and felt like it was ... Read more
davch
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Smallish ship of 1250 passengers means never feeling crowded, but still having pretty much the full cruise ship experience. We were concerned with open dining but never had to wait the 2 times we went at about 5:15PM. Food was tasty. A ... Read more
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Phil347
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
This was my first and last cruise with this line, The crew is 95% Philippians and spoke and radioed to each other in their native tongue which is fine with me but I would be very confused in an emergency situation, even the practice life ... Read more

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