We did a Auckland to Sydney cruise on the Maasdam just prior to Christmas last year. Needed to go to sea again(yes I am getting hooked) and found a great deal for a Brisbane to Auckland via South Pacific so jumped at it. Booked a outside cabin and a few days before we left we’re given a free upgrade to a balcony suite.woopee. Embarkation was as smooth as we had come to expect,this was our 6th HAL cruise and we were on board and enjoying lunch by 1.30pm. Cabin was great,level 9 forward. Nice size plenty of space and storage. HAL might want to upgrade the tv as the sets are getting a bit old. Quickly slipped into a routine. Cabin stewards introduced themselves that day and as usual greeted us by name thereafter. A few sea days in the cruise but days went quickly between talks workshops trivia etc. Blessed by good seas and weather throughout. The 3 excursions we went on ran like clockwork. The islands we visited were interesting and in most part beautiful. The colour of the water wow. Friendly locals. No complaints at all. Really appreciated the Mariners presentation and lunch. It’s just one of the things that HAL do that puts them above others in my opinion. It was only a 14 day cruise but we covered nearly 4000 nautical miles. Would recommend to anyone especially those thinking about doing a long voyage to test their ability to manage sea days.

Another great HAL cruise with surprise upgrade

Maasdam Cruise Review by big43rdkid

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We did a Auckland to Sydney cruise on the Maasdam just prior to Christmas last year.

Needed to go to sea again(yes I am getting hooked) and found a great deal for a Brisbane to Auckland via South Pacific so jumped at it.

Booked a outside cabin and a few days before we left we’re given a free upgrade to a balcony suite.woopee.

Embarkation was as smooth as we had come to expect,this was our 6th HAL cruise and we were on board and enjoying lunch by 1.30pm.

Cabin was great,level 9 forward. Nice size plenty of space and storage. HAL might want to upgrade the tv as the sets are getting a bit old.

Quickly slipped into a routine.

Cabin stewards introduced themselves that day and as usual greeted us by name thereafter.

A few sea days in the cruise but days went quickly between talks workshops trivia etc.

Blessed by good seas and weather throughout. The 3 excursions we went on ran like clockwork.

The islands we visited were interesting and in most part beautiful. The colour of the water wow. Friendly locals.

No complaints at all.

Really appreciated the Mariners presentation and lunch.

It’s just one of the things that HAL do that puts them above others in my opinion.

It was only a 14 day cruise but we covered nearly 4000 nautical miles.

Would recommend to anyone especially those thinking about doing a long voyage to test their ability to manage sea days.
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Cabin Review

Spa Verandah Suite
Cabin BQ 103
Good size well set out lots of storage usual comfy beds.
Alcon on this trip with warm days was a bonus.
TV could do with a update
Verandah Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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