We thought that we would get away to some sunshine and this was the first part of our 28 day cruising the Pacific visiting islands that one would not normally visit.
We enjoyed the smaller ship which only had about 1200 people on board. Visiting islands via the ships tenders was an interesting experience.
While the ship was of a mature age the crew and hotel staff kept in clean
Our stateroom was 574 on the main deck slightly forward. We received an upgrade from the deck below. Our two cabin stewards kept the cabin clean and tidy.
We asked for anytime dining in the dining room in the evening and was always able to be seated. Always asked if wanted to join others or be seated by ourselves.
Personal option of the Dining room menu was sometimes good. Thanksgiving dinner good.
Had Breakfast and lunch in the Lido and also dinner three or four times. Unfortunately food choices for dinner did not change except for the sweets.
No dancing and the entertainment I would only give six out of ten.
We did one shore excursion at Raiatea, Society Islands to visit a plantation and swim at a very nice island.
We found that you had to use 8 US quarters in the washing machine and 4 quarters in the dryer.
Shops on the Maasdam were nothing to write home about, big jewellery shop, If you where looking for pearls. Though you could find cheaper pearls in the island markets.
Back at Papeete we received a in transit pass to get off the ship as we were on the second part of the cruise.
Would I cruise with Holland America again, would depend on the itinerary but I did like the smaller ship.
Cabin was big enough and the bathroom was a good size. Been a tall person I found the toilet a little low. The bathroom had a shower over a tub. There were three handrails for assisting one to get into the tub
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