We like Holland America. And we selected this cruise because of the itinerary. We were on the ship for 8 weeks starting in San Francisco on June 18. The Maasdam went to a lot of ports in the first 3 weeks. Namely Ketchikan, Sitka, Anchorage, Kodiak, Valdez, Homer, Haines, Juneau (where we did a helicopter flight to 2 glaciers), Wrangell. We saw Hubbard Glacier up close and also College Fjord. Then we did the Inside Passage and went south to Vancouver (the only rainy day) and on to Port Alberni and Astoria before returning to San Francisco. This was the end of 3 weeks.
We then started north again and went to Seattle, Victoria BC, Ketchikan, Sitka, Dutch Harbour (and Unalaska), and then on to Nome. This port even the captain hadn't been to and he still hasn't because the seas were too choppy for a safe tender journey. So we missed it unfortunately. Then we went on to Petropavlovsk in Russia and from there to Kushiro in Japan. All brilliant places. Our second 3 weeks ended in Yokohama, Japan.
And so the last 2 weeks of our cruise started.
Our cabin on A deck was great. We had the bed split so we would have more room in the middle. it also allows for easier access to the suitcases underneath. We had hired a small fridge which was great. It fit easily under the television (which is still an old model). There was a couch with extra cushions on it. Nice.
There is a good size safe in one of the wardrobes. It would easily fit an iPad, maybe even a laptop. We didn't try.
The cabin stewards refill the ice bucket twice a day and of course, they leave a towel animal and some chocolates on the bed each night. We were provided with soft drinks (mini bar) but we asked to have that removed as we don't like them. They did immediately.
Our cabin stewards were lovely and very attentive.
Bathroom was small but adequate. There is a small bath (only good for small children) so you had to step into that which was okay for us. Toileteries such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash (all Elemis brand) were provided and regularly refilled. There is a pull out line for drying washing which is handy.
For the last 2 weeks we moved to cabin 605 on deck 5 (Main deck). The cabin was the same as the one on A deck and the cabin stewards were great.