Posted January 24th, 2013, 02:26 PM
i just do not understand all of this hyperbole over the maasdam. i've sailed this ship a number of times, though not sail's 30 plus in deluxe suites. my room stewads have always been good, though the one on the last cruise who wheeled me to my cabin and just 'dumped' me there with no way to get to boat drill, was not good. that ordeal was memorable, but not for the right reason.
that one gets his/her cabin cleaned, beds made, fresh towels, etc. should not be reason for commendation; these are expected and paid for.
as for food, it is average at best. mdr, lido or otherwise. pinnacle is wonderful, but it should be, given the extra charge.
i have one more cruise on maasdam, because it serves the itinerary i booked: ft. laud to montreal. and on my last such itinerary, i had sewage back up in my bathroom two times, and i had to schlep my stuff up to the men's showers on lido just to get a decent shower.
now, how is that so great? so, tell me again, just why maasdam is so 'special' with hal ships. i mean, crew/stewards change all of the time. my stewards ali and joe, who i loved, won't be there this time. and 'my wonderful' roldan' on the aft of lido, won't be there either.
just want to know specifics on why maasdam is so special. to me, it is a decent ship, given hal's sinking standards, but no more. enlighten me.