Plenty of quiet nooks to sit and enjoy the quiet; read the book you've wanted to read for ages; to stare at the sea uninterrupted by anyone/anything; then there are the lounges with all sorts of music and dancing and conversation and laughing and people enjoying. The noise of the Casino and the excited screams of winners when their slot machines loudly are ringing their bells.
Or Promendade Deck to walk and walk and lose oneself in their own reflections.....to be mesmerized by the Motion of the Ocean.
The most beautiful floral presentations; the sparkling crystal in the dining room, the shining silver; the polished brass rails.
The comfort of the show lounge; the wonderful entertainment; the huge selection of wonderful breakfasts and lunches in Lido. A hamburger mid afternoon as a treat you never allow yourself "in your regular life". A dripping ice cream cone makes you feel like a kid you can barely remember ever being.
When the sun shines, take your choice of the louder, more active Lido pool or go hangout with the adults and more quiet setting of the Aft Pool. Meet lots of friends....or hog your honey just to yourself. Enjoy him/her undivided attention uninterrupted by all the demands of our usual lives. Give him/her an extra hug; a special smile.
The comfort provided in all the cabins; the service of the finest cabin stewards anywhere. To simply ask for an extra pillow......and like magic, it is delivered.
To enjoy a meal with new friends (or your best friend you came with). To select from generous choices of old favorites; to sample new tastes.
To greet and be greeted by those handsome officers in their smart whites; to see their smiles are genuine. They are happy to meet friendly pax who are enjoying their ship/their crew; the fruits of their hard work. Who of us does not want our work appreciated/enjoyed to the fullest? To share a cocktail with them; a short chat.
I just enjoyed the last five minutes fantasizing I was aboard "MY Maasdam" and I can't bring myself to erase those precious thoughts.
Sorry......guess you all now know a tiny, very few things of what I so love about Maasdam.....just a teeny bit more than I love about all the "dam" ships of HAL.
...and love them ALL, I do.
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