The musical evenings on Maasdam were the best ever. Despite the basic story line's impossibility, Goode Company was a fun, lively, musical parade of songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. The "your Hit Parade" evening was a lot of fun--the band is quite good and the singers are way above the norm. I especially enjoyed the Encore evening production. The male tenor singer was Pavarottiesque! The soprano was also good and the way that they moved through the performance was well directed. Congratulations to cast and musicians!
The food has always been good on HAL ships. This time we were a little disappointed in some of the desserts. The brownie/cake combination sounded good, but did not deliver. With a blindfold on, you would be hard pressed to recognize that it was chocolate. Their fruit desserts were good. The Madagascar chocolate dessert in the Italian dining area called Canneloti, was fabulous! I heard that the sugar-free ice cream was freezer burned. Still, no one was deterred from eating dessert!
The staff is always considerate and clever. Our tour was well served by all and much appreciated.
Graciously, the ship offered worship times for many faiths. Much appreciated.
Crafts were fun and creative and useful.
The schedule had so many ports that were fascinating that it was difficult to find time to participate in all of the on-board activities. Excellent cruise! Thanks HAL!