Enjoyable cruise, but code red: Maasdam Cruise Review by bbretzi
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Enjoyable cruise, but code red
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego
Two days out, a GI virus hit, and about 10% of those on board contracted it over a two week period. We remained on quarantine for the rest of the cruise, which meant staff needed to be constantly sterilizing, hot tubs were closed, and all foods needed to be served in the buffet. The line did well to protect the rest of us, but we lost much of the relaxed nature of a cruise as a result. Our cabin was very More comfortable and the stewards did an excellent job cleaning it and attending to special requests.
We liked the midsize ship, and even though older, the Maasdam is well maintained, the exception being rust spots on the hull. Entertainment was top notch, especially the special musicians brought on board. My one complaint in this area is since we have a full agenda, why must the cruise director come on the public address system several times per day to review activities, and in case we missed her announcements, repeat them at every event? Give us more credit. Next time, we are trying Oceania line, an alternative to the Carnival umbrella. Less
Cabin review: MM529 Large Interior Stateroom
We chose an inside cabin to save money for other expenses on the trip. It was great being able to sleep later without sunlight. Also, this was a nice quiet location away from the mechanical noises.Read All Large Interior Stateroom (MM) Reviews >>
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