Maasdam Cruise Review by lawyerrose
- Sail Date: March 2012
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
The service couldn't have been better, especially our dining room waiter. We had main seating at 8 p.m. I got room service every morning, specifying the time and they always were prompt, within five minutes of when I'd asked for it. Very impressive. I love that you can get a full breakfast in your room if you want. But I went up to the Lido when I wanted to indulge in Eggs Benedict!
I loved exploring islands I hadn't yet visited; like St. Croix, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts. Arranged for private tours with folks from our roll call, which worked out well. Took HAL's zip lining excursion in Barbados, and it couldn't have been better. HAL's price was actually cheaper than booking it directly.
Entertainment was generally pretty good, though I didn't go every night. We loved the crew's show and the comedian, Jeff something.
The one and only disappointment was afternoon tea, including Royal Dutch tea. It was served buffet style, which really saddened me to see. That's not the way to do tea, IMHO.
The Yum-Yum man was there, glad to say! Love that strong ginger!
After so many ports, it was great to have the last couple days as sea days to just relax and spoil myself at the spa. Used spa services a lot and the staff couldn't have been nicer.
From start to finish, this was one of the best cruises I've had. I love the smaller ships, with their more intimate ambiance. I feel more connected with the sea than when on the larger ships with 2-3 thousand other passengers.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Zip-liningSo much fun! They were very safety conscious.View All 4 Zip-lining Reviews
St. CroixWe went to Rhythms at Rainbow beach and had a nice relaxing Margaritaville day.View All 363 St. Croix Cruise Port Reviews
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Island tourThe tour itself was great, saw a lot of St. Kitts. Especially loved the Batik factory. Our tour guide/driver could have used a sense of humor - or personality in general.View All 203 Island tour Reviews
St. LuciaTook an independently-booked land and sea tour that was excellent. Island is gorgeous and dramatic with its black sand beaches.View All 1,195 St. Lucia Cruise Port Reviews
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St. MaartenDid this island on my own, since I've been there many times before. It's getting very crowded - but then there were 4 ships in port, one of them being the Epic. Lots of building everywhere. Still, it's a great island and I fully enjoyed seeing it again.View All 4,132 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
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St. VincentJust walked from ship to town and did some shopping. Very poor island. If I'd done some kind of tour, would probably have had a better feel for the island.View All 86 St. Vincent Cruise Port Reviews
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