Holland America Maasdam Cruise Reviews

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mensa
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
A balcony cabin on deck 9 was good for us, as I wanted views of the coast and passing vessels. Starboard side would be ideal for this Montreal to Boston trip. Decks 9 or 10 are convenient to dining and facilities. Food selection was ... Read more
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peter grant
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
At the end of my last HAL review for CC, I said “we’ll be back only with a great itinerary plus a significant upgrade and discount.” For our 15th Holland America cruise, we got both, cancelling a trip on the same ... Read more
25thden
Member Since 2009
1 review
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have cruised many times with HAL, and we've enjoyed all of the ships on which we've sailed. The Maasdam was the smallest HAL ship we've cruised, so we didn't know what differences we'd see. Our experiences with HAL have always been ... Read more
zonacruiser25
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
373 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We selected the Maasdam Panama Canal cruise since the ship visited 12 ports over the 24 days. We were able to visit 8 ports we had never visited before. There was also no tendering at any port that was great and made the port experience ... Read more
liketraveling
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
760 forum posts
This was a 24 day Cruise. The Cruise started in San Diego through the Panama Canal. There was a choice to disembark in Fort Lauderdale, New York or Boston. I cruised this with my elderly father who uses a rollator walker. We decided ... Read more
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JPJPJP58
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We choose this cruise for the Panama Canal, which was an excellent experience. But the ship either needs three months in drydock for upgrades or to be target practice for the Holland Navy. The AC did not work in many staterooms. It ... Read more
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
885 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. 3-Star cruise, 5-Star itinerary with fun on the Polynesian Islands. We cruise often, usually long cruises. We are active retirees, swim, hike the jungle, snorkel, cliff jump, motorcycles. We enjoy ... Read more
offwegoagain13
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had heard about the cruise from friends who did it a couple of years ago and it sounded great and they wanted to go again. We did. Overall it was a fantastic experience for us. It is a lot of days at sea but we managed to handle it. ... Read more
bunone
Member Since 2007
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My wife and I have been cruising for 20 years, and this was our first sailing with Holland America. We have sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Oceania, enjoying 266 days at sea. After sailing on the Maasdam ... Read more
Stickwitch
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
12 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was my Number 1 bucket list trip. The itinerary was perfect but the ageing ship presented many plumbing issues, some cabins were flooded and a few unlucky passengers had to be moved several times. Bathroom flushing issues were taken ... Read more
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Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
741 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I choose this cruise because I wanted to see places in South America. I had a great time with all my cruise critic friends that I planned this trip with on our Roll Call. All the excursions that we chose were wonderful and would ... Read more
kayakmom
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the convenience of round trip San Diego. We did do shore excursions in almost every port and knew we would need to since most ports were in the middle of nowhere and industrial. We enjoyed the ... Read more
Goleta Cruiser
Member Since 2007
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise in order to spend more time in Lima, Peru and to visit ports we had never seen. We enjoyed the ports. We took the train from Santa Barbara to San Diego and walked over to the ship. We arrived about 1 pm and just ... Read more
rnwratchet
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Poor climate control lead to many visits to infirmary and treatment. Guests spreading illnesses quickly. Excursions expensive, over priced and most available on shore for half price. Those in charge of excursions unorganized. ... Read more
Pamdiego
Member Since 2016
1 review
57 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Our first long (30 night cruise) so wasn't sure how it would be. We definitely got our money's worth. Loved the food on this ship. All of our interactions with staff were positive. From cabin stewards to Debbie who helps with future ... Read more
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committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
13 reviews
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
i chose this cruise because i had ntaken a 35 day cruise on volendam last yr and i likedthe service. also i liked the itinerary of this cruise, and living in vancouver cruising out of san diego means a 2.5 hr flight embarkation and ... Read more
Sailaway17162
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We are regular HAL cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Almost all the ports were very interesting, and we learned a lot about the Western side of South America. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The Maasdam is ... Read more
Alphen
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,723 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chose this cruise for the convenient itinerary, ending in Lima, which was great to combine with a post cruise visit to Machu Picchu. Although at a considerable age, ship is still in good shape and very well maintained by its ... Read more
Philadelphiawren
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
6 helpful votes
As always on HAL, the staff were amazing: good-humored, helpful, considerate, resourceful, and always smiling. BUT our room was like a refrigerator most of the time; leaks around the ship were scary; much of the furniture is shabby. ... Read more
lumberman
Member Since 2011
1 review
144 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Chose solely for the Itinerary, 3 days in Lima, allowing for Macchu Pichu trip. The friendly but sometimes dozy staff, were average best. The cruise director, if you wish to call him that was invisible. Boring sea days, no music, ... Read more
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Canada Laoda
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I chose the itinerary so that we could go to Machu Picchu post cruise. The itinerary was a bit shorter than we would normally cruise. The embarkation in San Diego was great and uneventful. The disembarkation in Lima was another story, ... Read more
toradon
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Let's start with the positive. The Singers and dancers were wonderful. The food was good and the crew was very friendly. Our cabin was nice and our steward was great. Many ports were good and easy to find thing to do if you didn't take ... Read more
elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... Read more
Ray23
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
1 helpful vote
This was our 16th cruise but only our second with HAL. We had a particularly bad trip with them in 2016, but decided to give them a second chance (we also got a great deal on the price!) We had to catch the ship in Auckland so flew out ... Read more
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kiwikaye
Member Since 2010
1 review
26 forum posts
6 helpful votes
As we live in Auckland New Zealand and the cruise left from there we were very excited about taking this cruise. The ship is fairly old (we heard that it is to be taken out of HAL's service in 2018) and it is showing its age. Our room was ... Read more
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