Just home today from a 10 day cruise in the Caribbean on HAL Maasdam. What a delightful ship aful ship. We flew from JFK to Port Everglades Port in Fort Lauderdale on the same day. Embarkattion was very smooth as we were the only ship in that Port. The Maasdam is one of the smaller vessels that HAL sails (we had been on the much newer and larger Niew Amsterdam the previous November) . We really enjoyed the "smallness" of the ship. It was easy to get around and everything was convenient. Even though the ship was fully booked it Never felt overcrowded and had a very nice flow in particular at the Lido Buffet.
As we booked last minute we took an inside cabin (#705) located on Deck 4 at the very front of the ship. We were concerned it would be cramped and noisy (it is behind the anchor but as the ship only drops anchor at Half Moon Cay due to tendering the noise was never an issue. The room was comfortable with a couch and plenty of closet and drawer space. However the electrical outlet in the bathroom was not working so we only had the one outlet in the stateroom and with phones charging etc that is really not enough also FYI there is no refrigerator in this room not an issue for us but some people like to have them. Our room was always kept spotless bt but we found it strange that there was no bar soap at the sink in the bathroom thankfully we had brought our own no big deal but we found it strange.
The public areas on the ship are comfortable, clean and very elegant. Yes the ship is over 10 years old but is kept very nice. We were concerned when the public bathrooms on more than one occasion did not have either towerls or paper towels but only tissues to dry your hands. We also noticed they are "pushing" the hand sanitizers throughout the ship which is a good thing as is the no "self serve" policy in the buffet for the first 48 hours of every sailing. Sure it is inconvenient but not as inconvenient as getting noro virus. The Cruise Director Rick (a very enthusiastic fellow) was very visable throughout the cruise and we attended to lecture he gave which were very interesting. The young men and women in the shows were talented and did a very good job and were also delightful to speak too. Our favoritie entertainer was Jamm the Piano Man .... we spent every night listening to him tickle the ivories and boy was he a fantastic performer. My husband and I are 61 and 58 respectively but we felt like teenagers on the cruise. This was a very "old" crowd but we enjoyed some of these seniors very much. I for one would rather cruise with a more mature crowd than a noisy, drunk and loud younger party crowd. There was plenty of activities on the ship to keep you busy and there were many fun excursions offered at the ports of call.