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19 Night Asia Cruise from Singapore

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  • Day 1
    Singapore
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    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Bintulu
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Puerto Princesa
  • Day 6
    Coron
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    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Jayapura
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Madang
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Alotau
  • Day 16
    Gladstone
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Sydney (Australia)

Maasdam

Maasdam - Holland America Line

Pros

Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

Cons

Shows signs of age in some areas

Bottom Line

Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship


Cruise Reviews

We had always wanted to see Australia/New Zealand and the South Pacific. By cruising with HAL we were able to see a lot within a short period of time. And best of all go back to the same room each night without packing and unpacking. We ... Read More
We had always wanted to see Australia/New Zealand and the South Pacific. By cruising with HAL we were able to see a lot within a short period of time. And best of all go back to the same room each night without packing and unpacking. We can't say enough about cruising. We have cruised on HAL,Princess and Royal. We always return to Holland America. We feel at home. The ships are middle sized and offer great service and itineraries. The itineraries are always so well thought out and HAL offers many stops and less sea days than other cruise lines.. We had a couple of minor mishaps on this cruise and both were handled so well by Holland. The first was a hangup with one of out tenders at the dock. We were on board the tender for an extra 40 minutes while the problem was fixed. We didn't care we talked to fellow passengers and enjoyed the surrounding port. When we returned to the ship within a few hours a bottle of champagne was delivered to our state room with a note of apology. That was totally not necessary but Holland stands behind all they do and it was certainly appreciated. We also had a small flooding of our stateroom( a pipe had burst) It was taken care of immediately and we were given a $150.00 cruise credit for our inconvenience. Then a major occurrence...the Covid 19 Pandemic. We had no cases on our ship either passengers or crew. Halfway back to San Diego we were told that Tonga would not let us land, then French Polynesia said no, and finally Hawaii gave us the thumbs down. All the passengers were so disappointed but at the same time most understood Hollands dilemma well as our own dilemma. With the help of the captain, cruise director and the crew and all the fellow passengers we made it through this. We have been told we will be reimbursed etc,. And I have no doubt this will happen. Kudos to HAL and the entire Maasdam crew for there deportment during this harrowing time. And thanks to all the HAL passengers who were patient and understanding during such a trying time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife and I booked these back to back to back cruises aboard the Maasdam to avoid flying home from an extended trip to SE Asia and Australia. It was also meant to give us an opportunity to visit numerous ports in the South Pacific that ... Read More
My wife and I booked these back to back to back cruises aboard the Maasdam to avoid flying home from an extended trip to SE Asia and Australia. It was also meant to give us an opportunity to visit numerous ports in the South Pacific that we were anxious to visit for the first time. This was our 20th cruise, our only previous HAL (Holland America) experience was an Alaskan cruisetour we thoroughly enjoyed that left us with a desire to try HAL again. We chose the Maasdam because of it's itinerary, schedule, modest size and the EXC program. We boarded in Sydney and spent a wonderful two weeks visiting ports in Tasmania and then New Zealand. The two day crossing from Tasmania to New Zealand was a bit rocky but not bad enough to actually make either of us ill. Tasmania and New Zealand were both beautiful and fascinating places that we'd encourage anyone with the slightest interest to visit. The EXC program was wonderful. It was hosted by 5 Naturalists and a professional photographer each of whom gave several fascinating and informative presentations with humor and great presentation skills. It definitely sold us on the EXC program. Be forewarned - if enjoying big stage productions is one of your cruising needs you probably will not enjoy this itinerary or ship - there are none. The EXC presentations are the focus. The entertainment also include several comedians, a sort of one man variety act and several musicians or musical groups. The acts ranged from fair to extraordinary with an English pianist (whose name I've of course forgotten) putting on some of the most enjoyable displays of talent I've seen at sea. I won't bore you with all the sordid details but after departing Auckland on March 1st things started to go sideways. The COVID-19 outbreak was hitting full stride and subsequently the ship was denied entry to numerous ports. The long and short of it was we actually disembarked in San Diego on 3/27 rather than the originally planned 4/3. We both felt HAL did a remarkable job handling a challenging and dynamic situation. The captain PJ was great. He hosted several coffee talks and fielded some heated passenger exchanges with grace and diplomacy. We really appreciated his honesty and candor. We also both agreed that the Cruise Director, Thomas, was probably the best we've ever encountered at sea. He handled himself and the situation with great aplomb and just an occasional hint of sarcastic humor. His style and personality suited us to a tee. The crew were all fantastic; we still stay in touch with several of them via social media. HAL really stepped up the onboard hygiene program and there was no incidence of the virus aboard the ship. The bottom line is the cruise did not end up being the one we signed up for but we still enjoyed ourselves and will not hesitate rebooking with HAL in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My cruising backgound since 2012. Celebrity 6, HAL 4, RCI 3, Carnival 1, Princess 1, MSC 1. I titled this review "A New Winner" because HAL is my new favourite cruise line, previously Celebrity. It was a close call and HAL was ... Read More
My cruising backgound since 2012. Celebrity 6, HAL 4, RCI 3, Carnival 1, Princess 1, MSC 1. I titled this review "A New Winner" because HAL is my new favourite cruise line, previously Celebrity. It was a close call and HAL was preciously my 2nd favourite. So why the new winner? I have found, in the past, the two lines to be comparable, the defining point was the food on this cruise - I could not fault it. Anyway, here's how my 5th NZ cruise went. Why 5 NZ cruises? This one was because my travelling companion had not previously cruised NZ. She had preciously visited the south island but not the north. We organised a 7 day, pre-cruise tour, of the north island by rental car and staying at pre-booked motels. The itinerary for this cruise was fairly standard NZ except for the inclusion of Oban on Stewart Island off the southern point of the south island. As it turned out, weather prevented going ashore there. We boarded in Auckland after doing a morning Segway tour of Devonport. We breezed through boarding procedure, no delays or hassles. Our cabin was ready so we dumped our carry-on stuff and went to meet up with a friend couple who had joined us for this cruise. My initial impression of Maasdam was that it was, obviously, and older ship but in excellent condition. It has been very well maintained and no excessive wear and tear evident. Decor was tasteful but a little dated, no problems there the same for our cabin. More on that below. We my companion and our two friends chose anytime dining, which turned out to be about 7.30 each night later than I prefer but suited us better as earlier dining clashed with happy hour and trivia. We tried the main dining room breakfast one day only but preferred the Lido. Lunch was always in Lido. The Lido was great, plenty to choose from with a different roast each day and plenty of variety of other foods and desserts, including ice cream. There was plenty of fresh fruit daily, apples, oranges, bananas, plums, peaches, cherries and strawberries! There was also a lido special seafood lunch with king prawns, lobster, small crayfish, mussels etc. There was plenty to go around. We only had one dinner in the Lido and were quite happy with that too but the offerings in the MDR were so good. We never had a problem finding somewhere for the four of us to eat in the Lido. It was often very busy but seating was not a problem. Another plus, for some, is that most of the food was served to you. Less chance of guests needlessly handling stuff. No problems or delays ordering drinks, staff were quick to offer tea, coffee etc. MDR. This was a deal breaker. Maasdam was truely excellent in service, quality and variety. Up until now Celebrity (IMHO) pipped HAL by offering a little more variety. Celebrity have, of late, cut back an variety to the same level as HAL so it came down to the food itself. I can say, for the first time, I did not have one dish I could not say I was unhappy with. There was usually more than one dish in each course I would have liked. All dished I ordered were done pretty much to perfection. Presentation, quality ingredients, serving temperature were all great. A couple of the steaks served up to us were a touch overdone to what was ordered but not enough to spoil their enjoyment. Serving of courses was not rushed nor dragged out. The seemed to come out when we were ready. Only one of our group returned a meal in the 12 days and that was only because it was not what she thought it was, nothing to do with the cooking. We had an excellent meal in Sel de Mer. No complaints there. Entertainment. If anyone has read previous Maasdam reviews they will already know that there are no production shows. And we didn't miss them. There were entertainers and the ones were saw (we didn't see them all) were all good to great. A professional dance couple (G), impressionist (VG) and a special mention for singer/guitarist Patrick McMahon who I have seen on two previous cruises and he never fails to impress with his energetic (understatement) and very entertaining performing. Renditions of Neil Diamond, Johnny Horton, Willie Nelson, songs, among others. I think "Copperhead Road, has become his signature song. My days were filled in with (excellent) Microsoft workshops, I have done these on previous cruises and always learn something new, trivia (usually two a day in the Crows Nest which seemed to coincide with Happy Hour - buy one drink and get another the same for an extra $2. There was a slight American bias in the questions but there were also New Zealand and Australian ones thrown in as well. We did reasonably well. Spent time playing 500 too. We didn't have a deck of cards with us but on enquiring at guest services if we could by some, we were given a deck. Cool. Weather. Blessed, as they say, with good weather almost every day. Goldilocks weather, not too hot, not too cold, just right. Had a little rockin' and rollin' between Oban and Fiordland with a few bumps in the night but it lulled us off to sleep. Only moderate swell across the Tasman and Bass Strait. We were able to enter Fiordland and had great weather with a little wind. My fourth time here and it never fails to impress. Tours. We didn't do any ship tours. We did one pre booked, one booked on arrival in port and another self guided. I also spent a little time geocaching in port. Disembarking. Due to the Coronavirus the NSW government required that we do a self assessment and complete a form to describe any respiratory issues. It struck us as odd that this was done in Sydney but we could wander around Eden the day before without it. We had a total immigration check, guests and crew, before getting off in Hobart. This all went very smoothly causing little delay, unlike US immigration last November in Puerto Rico that was a debacle going overtime by two hours or more and ending in fist fights among people wanting to reboard. Other stuff. Well stocked games room and library. A room for bridge players. Comfy bars that never seemed too crowded. Two promenade decks. Deck tennis and ping pong available. Plenty of loungers around main pool and no lounger hogging. Cruise Director was great as was the Captain who was visible around the ship at times. Friendly crew, always a smile and hello in passing. There's probably other stuff I've forgotten but nothing of any consequence. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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