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Maasdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Another great HAL cruise with surprise upgrade

Maasdam Cruise Review by big43rdkid

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Spa Verandah Suite

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

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Anse Vata Beach

Nice city tour funny guide. Plenty of time to snorkel Good value

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Beautiful location. Stay as long as you want.

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Hal Put on. Free shuttle bus which was great. Being a Sunday not much open.

Dravuni Island

Love this little island, second time there. A paradise


Great port easy walking distance. Lots to do independently. Great wifi everywhere


Disembarkation easy and smooth and early lots.

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