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Maasdam Cruise Review by Firecomm

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Member Name: Firecomm
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Boston
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: BC
Cabin Number: 356
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 2.0
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Excursions were too expensive, one could go on shore and find the same type for less than half. Food in dining room Rotterdam was bland, slow, and showed little imagination for culinary tastes. My wife and I ate three times in the Pinnacle Grill, found the food to be outstanding, service excellent, and well worth the $25 add on. Medical facilities were great as I had to use twice.

Our new Lanai Room 356 seems a bit small, the couch was mini, the desk very small. storage good, beds excellent, bath Ok, but water closet is set very close to tub. Used shower 100%, had to be very careful when exiting tub. The most concerning isue, your outside Lanai chair pads are put in your room each night, and one must remember when the sun goes down, the UV light enables passengers walking the deck to look into your room. One quickly, unfortunately, learns to pull the drapes. Next time, we'll pay for a Veranda.

Lastly, their was a 110 plug but at the desk, so my wife had to leave the bath area and sit at the desk to dry her hair. What will be,will be!

Evening shows left a lot to improve upon. Four shows were repeated during the cruise. Wifi was a disaster. Paid $250 for 1000 minutes of air time. The poor internet manager probable lost ten years of his life with all the Seniors and their I Pods and the difficulties in loosing or trying to send or retreive E-Mails. The public rooms were well used, very clean, and would rate a high score. Of the 1248 quests, less than 50 were children due to lenght of time and thus had no issue. Casinoes continue to be a money maker for the shipping lines.

The tipping issue continues to rear its ugly head, we paid $11.50 each per day for 35 days and then were smoozed into leaving another tip for room stewards, and dining room staffs. Fortunately they deserve it, since in London it was printed in the news that P&O Cruise line was only paying their employees less than $1.00 per hour, yet they work ten-twelve hours per day, seven days per week and must sign a ten month contract. Oh the life of a Seafarer!! The two most interesting aspects of the cruise were Stonehenge in England, and Iceburgs bigger than the ship in Greenland.

Publication Date: 09/09/12
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