“Good, Bad, & the Ugly”
Cruise review of Holland America Maasdam

rivahrat Maasdam 3 Good, Bad, & the Ugly
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We selected this for the itinerary. Four ports were missed due to weather. FOOD: Huge problems in the kitchen. Ordered cod on two nights and it was like rubber. Spoke to chef who, when pressed, stated was a "quality issue." Salmon one night was returned one night when it came out raw. Three from our table send back ribs because they were cold. The kitchen just couldn't seem to deliver hot or even warm food. At the Pinnacle were given a refund due to cold side issues. The Cirque was good but way overpriced and no veggies came with the main course. Requested them and they came from the kitchen. ENTERTAINMENT: Production shows repeated on the second half return to Boston. Earlier we had been told by the On Board Consultant that the production shows would NOT repeat. The other entertainers that came onto the ship ranged from very good to mediocre but the variety could have been better. PIANO BAR: Barry from Boston was excellent. Great sense of humor! TOURS: In Reykavik HAL charged $10 r/t for transporation to town. The "nominal fee" was the same price as a taxi for 4. They Bicycle Tour in Geiranger, Norway was excellent. However, the price in town at the shop was 50 Euro ($66 US) and from the ship $100+. Bar Harbor: Big problems with the tender service. Some folks could not get off into town until almost noon. HAL either needs to correct this or skip this port. One couple missed their private tour becuase HAL would not let them off until all or the HAL tours had departed.
Maasdam Cruises to the Baltic Sea
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Cabin review: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Port and Shore Excursions

Candlelight Cruise
Overnight in this beautiful city. If you have never been to Amsterdam, it can be done on your own. The ship docks right in town. The Candlelight Cruise was very nice.
Trinity College
HAL ran a shuttle into town. Trinity College was a good tour but we later found that it was right across from the shuttle bus stop. This was an overnight stop so I would suggest private tours.
Golden Circle
Private vehicle was only slightly more than HAL tour. Excellent overview of Iceland and we could take as much or little time at each place. Maasdam spent two nights and this was the highlight of the trip.
Corfe Castle tour was very good. Lunch at the castle was nice and the small town pleasant to walk through.
Published 08/28/12
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