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South America Fitness Cruises Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Maasdam
South America
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

2

Very Good

10

Average

6

Poor

8

Cruise type

Family Cruises

26

Gay & Lesbian Cruises

26

Singles Cruises

26

Cruises for the Disabled

26

Fitness Cruises

26

26 South America Fitness Cruises Cruise Reviews


Harbor1492 avatar

Harbor1492

22 Reviews Written

38 Helpful Votes

28 Days: Mexico, Central and South America

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Incan Empires, 25 February - 25 March 2018 Route: 28 day voyage: San Diego – Cabo San Lucas – Huatulco – Puerto Chiapas – Panama City – Trujillo, Peru – Lima – Manta, Ecuador - Puntarenas, Costa ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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peter grant

15 Reviews Written

50 Helpful Votes

Time to take a break from HAL

The more you cruise, the more you learn. This I know for sure: when the prospect of going to lunch or dinner fills you not with joy but trepidation, it’s time to find another cruise line. This 28-day Incan ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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JCtheCruiser

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

The decline of the Maasdam

This was our 29th cruise, the 9th on Holland America and the 3rd on Maasdam. The cruise line has really cut back on staff, food quality, activities as well as maintenance of the ship. We had soot coming out of the ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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floridanative1

4 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Smooth Sailing, New Ports, Great Speakers, and Lots Of Fun Ways to Spend Time

I chose this cruise because it had several ports that I have never visited.Embarkation was the easiest I've ever experienced. We boarded before noon and our OV cabin was ready. We were on the main deck which just ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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sailawayDPR

3 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Our favorite part of the cruise was the sea days!

We chose the cruise because of the itinerary and price. This is the longest we have ever cruised. The crew were fantastic.From the cabin stewards to the dining room staff, they were all courteous, respectful and ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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SDIGO

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

NOTHING IS THE SAME ABOARD SHIP.

We chose this cruise because we wanted to just get away, and enjoy some warm weather. We did that! however, we were greatly disappointed with many things this cruise. it is very obvious that a big staff reduction ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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STXSHEILA

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

The ship needs to be retired

We chose this cruise based solely on the itinerary, R/T San Diego and to go to Machu Picchu which had been a bucket list item for many years. Aside, from Lima, the ports were very unusual -- not in a good way. The ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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Arnie81

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Boring at sea days

HAL is changing directions and have deleted Karaoke and poolside activities. No Ambassadors from San Diego to Lima and halfway back. So that left Trivia for at sea days. Trivia in the morning, trivia in the ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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revark

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Mostly good - GREAT CREW

This was my first 30 day cruise - which I assumed would be a little too long - but wanted to go because of the places it went LOVED the cruise - MOST locations - the ship is showing it's age the crew was ...
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Sail Date February 2017


Traveling Dot avatar

Traveling Dot

4 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Great places to see.

I choose this cruise because I wanted to see places in South America. I had a great time with all my cruise critic friends that I planned this trip with on our Roll Call. All the excursions that we chose were ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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kayakmom

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Interesting Itinerary

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the convenience of round trip San Diego. We did do shore excursions in almost every port and knew we would need to since most ports were in the middle of nowhere and ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Goleta Cruiser

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Lovely Itinerary, great dining and service; ship a little disappointing

We chose this cruise in order to spend more time in Lima, Peru and to visit ports we had never seen. We enjoyed the ports. We took the train from Santa Barbara to San Diego and walked over to the ship. We ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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rnwratchet

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Inca Cruise

Poor climate control lead to many visits to infirmary and treatment. Guests spreading illnesses quickly. Excursions expensive, over priced and most available on shore for half price. Those in charge of excursions ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Pamdiego

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Good value.

Our first long (30 night cruise) so wasn't sure how it would be. We definitely got our money's worth. Loved the food on this ship. All of our interactions with staff were positive. From cabin stewards to Debbie ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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committedcruiser

18 Reviews Written

69 Helpful Votes

Gone downhill - no longer a luxury cruise

i chose this cruise because i had ntaken a 35 day cruise on volendam last yr and i likedthe service. also i liked the itinerary of this cruise, and living in vancouver cruising out of san diego means a 2.5 hr ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Sailaway17162

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

30 days and pleasure

We are regular HAL cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Almost all the ports were very interesting, and we learned a lot about the Western side of South America. Embarkation and disembarkation went very ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Alphen

3 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Maasdam Incan adventure

Chose this cruise for the convenient itinerary, ending in Lima, which was great to combine with a post cruise visit to Machu Picchu. Although at a considerable age, ship is still in good shape and very well ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Philadelphiawren

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Wonderful staff, bad ship, and odd ports of call

As always on HAL, the staff were amazing: good-humored, helpful, considerate, resourceful, and always smiling. BUT our room was like a refrigerator most of the time; leaks around the ship were scary; much of the ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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lumberman

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great intinerary, boring old ship that should be a reef somewhere

Chose solely for the Itinerary, 3 days in Lima, allowing for Macchu Pichu trip. The friendly but sometimes dozy staff, were average best. The cruise director, if you wish to call him that was invisible. Boring ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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toradon

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Disappointing Ship

Let's start with the positive. The Singers and dancers were wonderful. The food was good and the crew was very friendly. Our cabin was nice and our steward was great. Many ports were good and easy to find thing ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Canada Laoda

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great Itinerary in an Old Ship with Not Enough Service People on Board

I chose the itinerary so that we could go to Machu Picchu post cruise. The itinerary was a bit shorter than we would normally cruise. The embarkation in San Diego was great and uneventful. The disembarkation in ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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elyria3449

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Maasdam; Not a good value

Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Sailaway17162

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Maasdam worries

First, let me sail that we had a wonderful time. Brazil and the Amazon was amazing. The ports were great. As always the crew was also terrific. We were just shocked by the myriad problems the ship itself had. There ...
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Sail Date February 2016


Katrina 1 avatar

Katrina 1

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great Itinerary & Cruise despite Shore Excursion Director

This was a cruise that opened up a totally different world to me and that is what really made it special... from the over the top production of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro to the basic life of the Amazon. Holland ...
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Sail Date February 2013


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Riverlake

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Brazil and the Amazon

We are both seasoned cruisers and have been to many shores. Our bucket list included sailing the Amazon and the Maasdam fit the list. Although older and smaller than a lot of newer ships, the size was perfect for ...
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Sail Date February 2013


Maasdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04
Dining3.04
Entertainment3.03.6
Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation3.03.7
Family3.03.2
Enrichment4.03.6
Service4.04.5
Value For Money4.03.8
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