Enjoying Canada: Maasdam Cruise Review by HollyBob

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Enjoying Canada

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Boston
We sailed on Aug. 27th just ahead of hurricane Irene. (We had flown in from Texas a few days earlier and stayed with friends in NH.(I thought we may make it to Bar Harbor but was informed we would miss both Bar Harbor and Halifax, ended up missing Sydney too. That didn't bother us since we would be coming back through those ports. The seas were rough but not so bad that we were sick or miss anything. We were pleased when they added Gaspe and Saguenay, Quebec.

The ship was what we expected for an older ship and small than most. We had sailed in the 90's on the old Westerdam and Amsterdam so didn't mind a smaller ship. We read a lot and were with old friends to visit with so activities were not important to us. Reading in the Crows Nest during the day while at sea was nice.

Needless to say we were happy with the ship, the staff, the food, the entertainment, and the cabin. If fact the entertainment was great. Our group came in from all over the country so we ended up More with open dining, as it turned out there were 11 of us and they had a table for 10 which they turned into seating for 11. We ate early (5:15) and ended up at the same table same wait staff for all 14 days. Could not be more happy with the way they accommodated us.

Everyday we docked or tendered we were off the ship all day except to come back and have lunch except on tendering days. Being in a port where you were right in town was wonderful. We could walk every where or take a tour whatever we desired.

I have written reviews on the tours we took during the cruise on the Holland America site.

The two added ports of Gaspe and Saguenay were added treats. Gaspe we tendered and took a school bus into the main part of town we shopped and visited with the locals had coffee at Tim Horton's (Canada's answer to Dunkin donuts).

We docked at Saguenay and the towns people turned out at the dock and welcomed us with music dancing and treats. Kind of nice. Sampled frozen maple syrup on a stick. The best part of Saguenay was sailing down the fjord from the St. Lawrence to the town.
Sydney, Nova Scotia was not on your list of ports. We rented a car here so i could drive up the Cabot Trail something i've always wanted to do. The rental company was there within 20 minutes from calling them (Enterprise, book ahead of time on the internet) after doing the paperwork we were on the road by 9:30am. The freeway was only a few blocks away. We only had enough time to go up the east coast part of the road but enjoyed what we saw. Beware the road goes through the national park and you have to pay the enterance fee. A very enjoyable day and would do it again. Less

Published 10/30/11

Cabin review: G501 Large Ocean-View Stateroom

We were late booking so we had little choice. We were in the first cabin on the starboard side of the main deck. It was a nice cabin, spacious as far a ship cabins go, lots of storage, clean, everything worked. Had two port holes but that was ok. The only draw back was the noise from forward of us when docking and departing. You could hear a lot of mechanical noise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This ended up being our favorite port. First because I'm a transplanted New Englander. Secondly because it was what you would picture it to be. It was picturesque, friendly, easy to get around in, touristy (that's not all that bad). We took a tour of Acadia NP, had blueberry muffins, blueberry ice cream, and blueberry soda. Wonderful last day of the cruise.

This was my wife's dream to see "Anne of Green Gables" country. It was all she expected. Charlottetown was easy to get around in and there was a visitors center close to the ship with internet access. Prince Edward Island is beautiful and friendly.

Took a tour to Peggy's Cove. Be aware Peggy's Cove is very crowded. Take away the crowd and it's all it's cracked up to be.
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Again we were dock right in town and found it easy to get around to shop and sight see. Another beautiful city to visit. There was lots of local flavor and plenty of locals on the street (it was a Sat. and Labor Day weekend). Would go back in a minute.

Wonderful provincial city easy to get around in with plenty of sights and shopping. We probably should have taken a walking tour and learned more about the history. We just walked around and enjoyed the charm of the city.

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