Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. Holland America's cruise from Montreal up though the St. Lawrence Seaway with stops in Quebec City, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Bar Harbor, and terminating in Boston was far more fun than I had expected. Best of all it was relaxing. Were it not for the fact that the elevators had the day of the week printed on the carpets, we would not have known the day of the week. Except for one day that we spent at sea, each morning we arrived at a new port. We had been to both Montreal and Quebec City, but all of the other stops were new and unique. We didn't take advantage of any of the land tours, but we spent all the time we wanted at each port--some with real surprises like Charlottetown on PEI had the only knitting machine for making woolen sweaters, blankets and other woolen goods in North America. The only place the incredible woolens were available besides Charlottetown was NYC. Plus, the people in everywhere we stopped were wonderful. Canadians are terrific people to be around. Our cabin was more on the thrifty side with an unobstructed sea view only one deck above the crew's. However, it was comfortable and was everything we needed for the little time we spent there--sleeping and showers. (We've decided to go up a few decks to the veranda staterooms in the future.) The entertainment was lots of fun, and we went to the nightly shows ranging from musicals to comedians. The food was great even though we did not dine at some of the tonier restaurants on board. The grand dining room was great, and the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch was good and varied. We learned that while there was a great workout room on board, we ended up walking about 5 miles per day on the ship. We both enjoy walking but not so much on a treadmill provided in the Fitness room. Two pools provided plenty of swimming but we didn't go or use the jacuzzi. We relaxed in the many public rooms on the higher decks. Great experience, and Holland America was both affordable and the provided the experience that any first-time cruiser would enjoy.

First Time Cruising: Not the Last

Maasdam Cruise Review by williebegoode

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Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it.

Holland America's cruise from Montreal up though the St. Lawrence Seaway with stops in Quebec City, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Bar Harbor, and terminating in Boston was far more fun than I had expected. Best of all it was relaxing. Were it not for the fact that the elevators had the day of the week printed on the carpets, we would not have known the day of the week. Except for one day that we spent at sea, each morning we arrived at a new port. We had been to both Montreal and Quebec City, but all of the other stops were new and unique. We didn't take advantage of any of the land tours, but we spent all the time we wanted at each port--some with real surprises like Charlottetown on PEI had the only knitting machine for making woolen sweaters, blankets and other woolen goods in North America. The only place the incredible woolens were available besides Charlottetown was NYC. Plus, the people in everywhere we stopped were wonderful. Canadians are terrific people to be around.

Our cabin was more on the thrifty side with an unobstructed sea view only one deck above the crew's. However, it was comfortable and was everything we needed for the little time we spent there--sleeping and showers. (We've decided to go up a few decks to the veranda staterooms in the future.)

The entertainment was lots of fun, and we went to the nightly shows ranging from musicals to comedians. The food was great even though we did not dine at some of the tonier restaurants on board. The grand dining room was great, and the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch was good and varied. We learned that while there was a great workout room on board, we ended up walking about 5 miles per day on the ship. We both enjoy walking but not so much on a treadmill provided in the Fitness room. Two pools provided plenty of swimming but we didn't go or use the jacuzzi. We relaxed in the many public rooms on the higher decks. Great experience, and Holland America was both affordable and the provided the experience that any first-time cruiser would enjoy.
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Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin DD Deck 5
The cabin was fine. Nice bed and enough closet space for what we brought with us. The tub-shower was ok and the built-in shampoo, soap, and conditioner dispensers made it easy to avoid dropping a bar. The crew assigned to our cabin was attentive and efficient. We did need a power bar for the electrical devices (phones, computer and other gizmos), and one of the crew brought it. Reading chair and couch was enough for us both, and the vanity for my wife was sufficient.
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