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With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a manageable and pleasant ship. After eighteen years in service, it has succeeded in retaining its youth -- with a major ...
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384 Holland America Maasdam Cruise Reviews

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ajscott
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
Crusin Aggie
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We very much enjoyed our time on the Maasdam. The ship has been impeccably maintained and of course the HAL crew/staff are all top-notch. No complaints and I even won in the casino! Canada/New England has some very rural stops as well as ... Read more
Go three
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised many times (55 plus night with Royal Caribbean and 30 plus with Carnival) This was our first HAL. Picked it because of the ports and enjoyed the smaller ship. Overall the cruise was nice. Weather was very rainy, but hey, ... Read more

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lupaglupa
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My three-generation family set off on the Maasdam July 4th - a first cruise for all of us. What a wonderful time we had! The Maasdam exceeded all our expectations. We truly did not foresee how much we would enjoy cruising. Most ... Read more
Cookmb
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
45 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Let me start by saying we choose our cruises based on the itinerary, not the cruise line or ship. We have sailed Carnival, RCI, Norwegian, Princess and one cruise on HAL previously (where I broke a tooth on pasta). While the previous ... 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
susandyoung
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Every stage of this cruise was seamless with no complaints. The inside stateroom was roomy and tended to regularly. All areas of food was phenomenal. The shows were entertaining. We didn't go to all of them but chose the new Droom ... Read more
williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
20 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

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williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
20 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
3,188 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
Cruiser Bruiser
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
1,980 forum post
0 helpful votes
My 17-year-old niece just graduated from high school, so her 47-year-old single uncle decided to take her on a cruise. We couldn't afford Paris (her first choice) so we went to Quebec City and Montreal instead. We flew from Portland to ... Read more
Bob and Diane
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
When we boarded our cruise in Boston, we were given a letter by HAL that there had been a outbreak of the norovirus on the previous cruise but the ship was being sanitized. We could have gotten a full refund and in hind sight should have ... Read more

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Sblue1229
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise ship experience with the smaller size of the vessel which allows for better customer service. The cabin stewards, Lido buffet servers and the Rotterdam restaurant workers are friendly, courteous, helpful and make you ... 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
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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HellieC
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had no high expectations of the Maasdam as a ship, as she is older than many and we had read reviews that she was showing signs of age. However we were pleasantly surprised to find that she was well maintained and in better shape than ... Read more
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

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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
FunFox
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Beware, as we were too naïve to, that if a cruise company informs you that there is an active Norovirus outbreak on the ship you are about to embark on – your cruise will be compromised. Of course the severity of the outbreak ... Read more
Bonbon65
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
This was my first cruise alone and I had a great time and would do it again! There was some illness on the ship but I did not get it. The staff worked diligently all the time to make sure that all areas of the ship where disinfected. ... Read more
hjharri
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
58 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We winter in Florida - so we drove over to Fort Lauderdale - stayed at the Rodeway Inn- leaving our car for the 14 days - took the shuttle to and from the cruise terminal, had excellent service. Embarking was fast, seemed we just sat ... Read more
slabeaume
Member Since 2004
9 reviews
798 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We enjoyed our 2014 Maasdam cruise so much, that when we received an email with an OBC offer if we booked a future cruise --- we checked the Maasdam itineraries and decided to go back to the Southern Caribbean in 2015---but for 14 nights ... Read more

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