6 Montreal First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Maasdam was a good size for a first time cruiser. Enough choices for restaurants and lounges without being crowded. If I remember, the quoted number aboard was around 1160. Stateroom I-029 on Navigation Deck has more than enough space for ... Read More
Maasdam was a good size for a first time cruiser. Enough choices for restaurants and lounges without being crowded. If I remember, the quoted number aboard was around 1160. Stateroom I-029 on Navigation Deck has more than enough space for a solo traveler. Crow's Nest was my favourite afternoon hangout, especially as we left port. Evenings were about dining and the showroom. I tried Caneletto and Pinnacle Grill, plus Le Cirque, with Pinnacle being on my future must-do. But the Rotterdam main dining room was my favourite because as a solo, I sat with a mix of new and repeat guests each evening at different tables. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We recently traveled to Canada to embark on the Maasdam for a 7 day cruise to Boston via Qubec, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbour, then on to Boston. We are in our 40's and took our two teenage daughters with ... Read More
We recently traveled to Canada to embark on the Maasdam for a 7 day cruise to Boston via Qubec, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbour, then on to Boston. We are in our 40's and took our two teenage daughters with us, so we were pleased to see our fellow passengers were a mix of ages. The ship is lovely with plenty of things to see and do while you are cruising. We stopped in port every day except day 2 which was Qubec to PEI. Our cabin was a Liani format on the Lower Promenade deck which was nice. It had a sliding door to the deck and an internal door to the corridor. It was a good size and very comfortable. The staff were good and very attentive. The ship held up well in one patch of rough weather, none of us felt sea sick. We would cruise on the Massdam again! Hopefully next year!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. ... Read More
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. Holland America's cruise from Montreal up though the St. Lawrence Seaway with stops in Quebec City, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Bar Harbor, and terminating in Boston was far more fun than I had expected. Best of all it was relaxing. Were it not for the fact that the elevators had the day of the week printed on the carpets, we would not have known the day of the week. Except for one day that we spent at sea, each morning we arrived at a new port. We had been to both Montreal and Quebec City, but all of the other stops were new and unique. We didn't take advantage of any of the land tours, but we spent all the time we wanted at each port--some with real surprises like Charlottetown on PEI had the only knitting machine for making woolen sweaters, blankets and other woolen goods in North America. The only place the incredible woolens were available besides Charlottetown was NYC. Plus, the people in everywhere we stopped were wonderful. Canadians are terrific people to be around. Our cabin was more on the thrifty side with an unobstructed sea view only one deck above the crew's. However, it was comfortable and was everything we needed for the little time we spent there--sleeping and showers. (We've decided to go up a few decks to the veranda staterooms in the future.) The entertainment was lots of fun, and we went to the nightly shows ranging from musicals to comedians. The food was great even though we did not dine at some of the tonier restaurants on board. The grand dining room was great, and the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch was good and varied. We learned that while there was a great workout room on board, we ended up walking about 5 miles per day on the ship. We both enjoy walking but not so much on a treadmill provided in the Fitness room. Two pools provided plenty of swimming but we didn't go or use the jacuzzi. We relaxed in the many public rooms on the higher decks. Great experience, and Holland America was both affordable and the provided the experience that any first-time cruiser would enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Like all embarkations, this one involved large groups of people being processed in limited space, but we all were got on board without too much drama. Holland America representatives met us at the airport and took us by bus to the ship. On ... Read More
Like all embarkations, this one involved large groups of people being processed in limited space, but we all were got on board without too much drama. Holland America representatives met us at the airport and took us by bus to the ship. On the short trip, an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide told us some interesting facts about Montreal. One of the travelers asked why all the roofs in Montreal were flat--the wind! Snow blows off the roofs so they have them flat. On the ship, our luggage was waiting for us in our staterooms and we met the staff assigned to our stateroom. They were courteous and helpful, getting the distilled water and power bar we needed to plug in all of our electronic devices. (One reviewer described the staff as 'Phillipians'--I think he meant Filipinos--but they were Indonesian [Helps to know something about Dutch history in the Java Sea!]) In any event, they were eager to please and did so. We went directly to the cafeteria where most of the other passengers had gone as well, and it was the only time on the cruise where there were more passengers than tables available. However, we were welcomed to tables where other couples were already seated. Our first stop was Quebec City, and the ship docked directly next to the old city below the upper city. We enjoyed shopping and site-seeing on our own. After a day at sea, we next landed in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. Be sure to visit the Northern Watters Knit store. (Yes, there are two "t"s in Watters.) They have the only knitting machine of the type left in North America and the woolen goods are made right on the premises. (You can watch the knitters work the knitting machine.) The woolens are expensive, but if you buy a shawl cardigan in Boston or NYC, they're about $100 more than at the factory. We got the un-dyed wool made from sheep who are equally two-toned. Their slogan is "We are indeed a hundred years behind the times and wouldn't have it any other way." We stopped at Sydney Nova Scotia next, and walked along the shore. It boasts a giant fiddle and the wonderfully gracious Canadians. Next we went to Halifax and walked to their The Maritime Museum is full of fascinating images and artifacts. On the eve of docking, we attended a lecture on the great Halifax explosion during WWI that destroyed a major part of the town. The museum had parts of the exploding ships that were thrown for miles. The museum also had a video and artifacts from the Titanic. Later we had lunch at a restaurant in Halifax that we learned had been a makeshift morgue for the bodies recovered from the Titanic. Bar Harbor, Maine is a nice little town where the many shops reflected the area. The dock is too small for the ship; so we were taken ashore on water taxis; which turned out to be the ship's life boats. When we arrived in Boston, our disembarkation was very simple. The entertainment director was wonderful, and she had a different show for us every night ranging from musicals to comedians. We attended all. We enjoyed exploring the ship and our walking monitors indicated that we walked about 5 miles per day, including the walking tours we did on our own at the ports. The food was excellent! We had lots of variety and the only dud was the sushi in the cafeteria. The dinners in the formal dining room provided variety and excellent preparation. We got to keep the after-dinner cordial glasses; so we made sure we had a set of the glasses once we docked! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our very first cruise, we could not have chosen anything better. The cruise was perfect in every way. The staff were all amazing, our every wish was catered for without fanfare. Our suite on deck 6 was spacious and comfortable. ... Read More
This was our very first cruise, we could not have chosen anything better. The cruise was perfect in every way. The staff were all amazing, our every wish was catered for without fanfare. Our suite on deck 6 was spacious and comfortable. Ship life was fun and always plenty to do. Cruise Director Fernando was one of the most amazing people we have ever met. The other passengers were varied and interesting, a few who would have been better staying at home as nothing could please them. Some passengers were obnoxious and embarassing, but the majority were very pleasant and great company. We would not hesitate in recommending Silver Whisper to any potential cruiser, the ship was beautifully comfortable and we loved being on board. The food was mostly great with a few exceptions at the breakfast buffet, but nothing major. All service by the staff was rendered with happiness, which made you want to engage with them, and we did making a trip even more enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was our first cruise, we picked it for the itinerary. We had few expectations outside of visiting the five ports of call. The ship did not port in Prince Edward Island or Sydney, Nova Scotia. In lieu of Prince Edward Island, we rolled ... Read More
This was our first cruise, we picked it for the itinerary. We had few expectations outside of visiting the five ports of call. The ship did not port in Prince Edward Island or Sydney, Nova Scotia. In lieu of Prince Edward Island, we rolled around at sea and got terribly sea sick. It felt like a nightmare that wouldn't end, especially when we woke up the next morning to find out we STILL weren't in port, missed Sydney as well. At least on this day the crew had sense enough to hit the gas and get us to Halifax, this also helped the stabilizers work better and decreased the rocking and rolling. Thank goodness! The food and service got progressively worse. By the next to the last day the scrambled eggs were the consistency of jello and the pancakes were raw in the middle at breakfast. Also the desserts really disappointed. Everything was made out of spongecake and whip cream flavored either strawberry vanilla or chocolate. Even the "Chefs special" was chocolate spongecake, chocolate whip cream cleverly (read sarcasm) presented in a candy chefs hat. I didn't start eating dessert yesterday buddy! We were travelling with a baby and although we had pre arranged a high chair, several days we could not use the high chair (yes, THE ONLY high chair) because it was being used by a crewmember who had their family on board. It was inconvenient and annoying. I cannot comment on the Boston airport transfer because I will end up getting angry and raising my blood pressure. All I can say is, do not pay for airport transfer in Boston, unless you like hiking with all your luggage and feeling ripped off. The wait staff and room stewards were wonderful people, I hope they really do get the lions share of the pre arranged tipping on HAL. Quebec City, Halifax and Bar Harbour great ports of call, well worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010

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