I cruised on the Prinsendam last year which is a similar class as the Maasdam. The Maasdam was in New Zealand and Australia. The same entertainers were on board this ship. Wish I'd known. There was a difference though. The good performers were gone and only the mediocre ones remained. Like the Prinsendam, we stopped at a lot of ports. Some were unusual in that I didn't understand the draw. Could be something about stopping often that was saleable, maybe they were cheaper docking charges. The food was very good and so was the service. The inside room was very nice. ---------- Please note: I flew Air Canada and China Eastern to Auckland New Zealand. The price for the tickets were a total of $1050. A very good price. Only problem was I was denied boarding on Air Canada because I was transiting through China following the 24 hour visa free transit rule. Air Canada sells tickets but doesn't train staff to honor these. You are just told you lost all your money at the gate and you have to scramble to get last minute tickets. So... leave some extra time before your cruise or you'll have to catch up with it.

Entertainment was not good, ports were unusual sometimes, food was very good.

Maasdam Cruise Review by suziehugo

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I cruised on the Prinsendam last year which is a similar class as the Maasdam. The Maasdam was in New Zealand and Australia. The same entertainers were on board this ship. Wish I'd known. There was a difference though. The good performers were gone and only the mediocre ones remained.

Like the Prinsendam, we stopped at a lot of ports. Some were unusual in that I didn't understand the draw. Could be something about stopping often that was saleable, maybe they were cheaper docking charges.

The food was very good and so was the service. The inside room was very nice.

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Please note: I flew Air Canada and China Eastern to Auckland New Zealand. The price for the tickets were a total of $1050. A very good price. Only problem was I was denied boarding on Air Canada because I was transiting through China following the 24 hour visa free transit rule. Air Canada sells tickets but doesn't train staff to honor these. You are just told you lost all your money at the gate and you have to scramble to get last minute tickets. So... leave some extra time before your cruise or you'll have to catch up with it.
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