“Maasdam 14 night March 23, 2012. Perfect in every way!”
Cruise review of Holland America Maasdam

jaxcruiser1961 Maasdam 5 Maasdam 14 night March 23, 2012. Perfect in every way!
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We began our vacation by staying at the Ft Lauderdale Rodeway Inn. The hotel is nice and we enjoyed the shuttle TO the cruiseport, but when we called to ask the shuttle to pick us up at the end of the cruise, no one answered so we had to take a cab. Keep in mind this was on a Friday, not on the busier Saturday or Sunday. $14.00 cab ride. We caught the early shuttle ($2.00 per person) at 9:30 a.m. so we could get to the terminal early. My wife Marty and I sat in an area of the terminal with about 100 people for about 15 to 20 minutes. We were given the number 1 card for boarding. We then went to the check in area which went VERY fast! Next we went upstairs and sat for about 15 to 20 minutes. After the Suite and Priority Boarding guests boarded, our number was called and we boarded. The great thing about Holland America Line is that you can go to your cabin IMMEDIATELY. We were in our cabin about 11:00 a.m. or so and then went to the Mariners Luncheon. The ship is clean, the crew VERY friendly and we loved our cabin (414 on Deck 6, Lower Prom). We did attend the Cruise Critic party and enjoyed meeting so many other cruisers. First stop was Half Moon Cay. We had to take the smaller Maasdam tenders because the N. Amsterdam was also at Half Moon Cay and they used the larger tenders which we prefer. Several people were getting grumpy because of the wait, but it didn't bother us. Anthony Choice (Cruise Director) was greeting people as they boarded the tenders. Anthony is an incredible Cruise Director. Very approachable, friendly and he really is "out and about". My wife and I will NEVER go on a 7 day cruise again because we loved being on a ship for 14 days. We highly recommend Holland America Line, the Maasdam and commend Hotel Director Douglas Martinez and Cruise Director Anthony Choice. Tom the "TechSpert" was also very patient, professional and educational. Tony the Cellar Master was VERY informative and friendly! Goran the Pinnacle Grill manager was VERY friendly and a true class act. We enjoyed the entertainment, especially the "Encore" show. The comedians were great. It is critical you enjoy the Pinnacle Grill Experience. We also enjoyed the "Le Circue" version and both the Navigator and Premium Wine Tastings. Our best cruise yet.
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Cabin review: Large Interior Stateroom

Cabin 414 on Deck 6 was great. No noise, close enough to elevator, but not too far. Elevator takes you right to the back of the Lido deck!

Port and Shore Excursions

Probably our favorite port. Great shopping. Great people. Free wi-fi at the shopping mall. Hang a right out of the port. Walk for about 10 minutes, the mall is on the left!
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Bonaire was nice. We took a tour and enjoyed learning more about the island and the history!
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Enjoyed this port. Very colorful. Great history and shopping. Enjoyed walking over the bridge. Free wi-fi here and there. Just follow the crew, they know where to go!
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Grenada is a nice port. Be sure to visit the Fort! Incredible History!
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Incredible port. Be sure to go to "Shell Beach". It is topless, but it's a great beach. Be aware that a glass of soda costs $6.00!
St. Thomas is ALWAYS great. Be sure to stop at The Pueblo store on the way back to the ship to buy sodas and bottled water!
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Published 04/12/12
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