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  1. edward01ca

    Maasdam Bathrooms Updated

    We will be on the Maasdam out of Fremantle on January 6. When we went on the Volendam repositioning cruise through the Panama Canal last October, we were happily surprised with the new larger shower with no tub and a big glass door to the shower. We were wondering if the Maasdam has had this renovation?
  2. Can anyone confirm that the guest laundry is still on the Maasdam since it was in dry dock recently? We are on a six week cruise in January and I'm counting on it.
  3. Radbooks

    Maasdam - DVD Player?

    Does anyone know if the Maasdam still has DVD players or if it's been upgraded to the televisions with the streaming or on-demand features?
  4. Italy52

    Maasdam Cabin Choice

    Just booked a cruise yesterday and got cabin category L, Deck 6, number 400. Good choice or not --- not familiar with the ship. Comments are appreciated. Thank you.
  5. RetiredMustang

    Maasdam Drnk Menu April 2018

    We were on Maasdam recently and I scanned the drinks menu in the Mix. I am posting it so people can see the current drinks prices, and so they can also see the variety of cocktails available. The Ocean Bar and Crow's Nest Bar on the last few ships we've ridden have had very truncated menus, and I have seen people who thought they could only get the drinks in those smaller menus. There are some cocktails in those menus, and some on the Lido Bar, that are not included in the Mix menu, mainly the specialty ones by Dale Degroff. But, the key note in the Mix menu is at the bottomg of page 18: "And of course - Brandy Alexanders, Stingers, Rob Roys, Rusty Nails, Harvey Wallbangers and many, many more." In fact, the HAL bartenders are talented, and will make you pretty much anything -- if on the remote chance they have not heard of the drink, they will try to make it if you tell them what it contains. If you don't see what you want on the menu, just ask. Currently, the Signature Beverage Package covers any drink costing up to $9.00 before tip. For example, a margerita on Maasdam cost $9.00, with the tip bringing the total to $10.35 -- it was covered by the SBP. Dave
  6. A woman was killed Thursday on Maasdam, rumored to be from an accident stepping from the tender to the ship’s dock. Maasdam was in Rarotonga, Cook Islands at the time. Surprised to see no reports on CC yet.
  7. Does the Maasdam have water stations to fill a water bottle? Thanks
  8. We are considering a transpacific on the Maasdam because we like the itinerary (many more ports than Celebrity) but the reviews make the ship seem run down and even a health hazard. Need to make a quick decision. I can stand some wear and tear but don't want to be three weeks on a ship that is too run down or a health hazard. Suggestions welcome.
  9. puli

    Maasdam dry dock

    I understand the Maasdam just recently returned from dry dock. Does anyone know what was done? I am especially interested in knowing if the Explorer's cafe was moved to the Crow's Nest and if any Vista suites had the bathtub converted to a full shower.
  10. pmjnh


    What is below the Maasdam A-deck, the mid ship OV rooms near the aft open stair case? We will get engine noise from below? Thanks
  11. I know this has been discussed before; however did the Maasdam get an internet upgrade in dry dock? ..... and what is the cost for 14 days? DH is worried he will not be reading his daily newspaper. Thanks so much.
  12. Just off Maasdam Oct 15, haven't seen any posts for other ships re. this topic. The ship shops have a new vendor - noticed it first when I bought something at the liquor/sundries shop. The sundries selection has expanded, and is much more neatly arranged. The cashier was the one who told me. That was the last positive thing. The logo shop has only - t-shirts, golf shirts, hats, and mugs that are ship specific. Nothing in the way of selection of port-specific except from Panama. Expensive clothing. I rarely saw anyone in there after the first week. Same in the jewelry store. Expensive jewelry & watches. There was a case that had a sign "Everything in this case under $1000.00" Wow! It was a joke when passengers were in "Mix" watching no one in there. I asked if they had costume watches, was shown one for $80.00. Only action was the couple of times they had a "blow-out" sale by the Lido pool. Then they had the usual stuff that is on all the ships. What a disappointment.
  13. Topless sun deck on Maasdam: Another dress code thread? A topic I have never seen come up on CC before - Maasdam now has a public topless sun-bathing deck - aft deck 9 in full public view from the aft deck 10- Navigation - aft pool railing, as well as anyone transiting to the Lido from Deck 9 aft corridors. "Topless Deck - Adults Only" - only one small red sign on the outer of two doors leading to the aft deck 9, but no warning notice sign coming down the stairs or looking over the aft-pool deck 10 railing. Yes, I understand this is "normal" in European beach areas but is not a typical Northern American outdoor tradition. There could be other areas on ship that are not public thoroughfare areas that could accommodate this activity, without forcing others to be unwilling or unwitting witnesses. The two aft-wrap cabins on Deck Nine (220 and 205) look directly across this topless sun bathing deck preventing using these cabin decks for taking photos or just enjoying their more expansive 180 degree viewing options. Sign of the times? Is more public nudity now the norm on other HAL ships, or other ship cabana areas? If not, why just the Maasdam - why no warning to other passengers upfront this is now official passenger policy for in the formerly public transit and deck areas. Should those who want to engage in topless sunbathing be confined to reserving verandah deck cabins only. If those in ocean view cabins are the ones demanding topless bathing, should this topless deck be confined to the lower ocean view cabin decks only. Did I miss this change in ship policy? Was this disclosed in any promotional HAL literature? Have others had similar experiences on other HAL ships?
  14. Has anyone stayed in the above suite on the Maasdam?? Any pictures of the newly refreshed Neptune suites? Thank you.
  15. Sample below of how HAL is marketing their new EXC InDepth cruises on travel websites: we had lot of onboard discussion about this on the very first InDepth Cruise - confusing to many at first but well-accepted at the end - then it fell off after the end of the first segment that was a round-trip Papeetee only segment. Wonder how it is still working out as it moves through the cruis calendar. It was a very ambitious and coordinated effort on our first Kontiki Explorer segement. Most of us felt the branding "EXC In-Depth" did not really tell its story very well - now I see they are adding "Explore what Moves You" - a few of us agreed "Voyages of Discovery" was a better image - but that was the name of a former "in-depth" cruise line that no longer exists. Hope we get some current reports on the continuing segments after the ship leaves Papeete and heads down to Australia and then on to the Indian Ocean. Sample from a general travel website for "exotic cruises" Holland America's EXC™ In-Depth Voyages, Explore What Moves You: Expert Led Opportunities* Photography—Small-group instruction onboard and unique photography opportunities in port Food, Wine & Spirits—Immersive journeys into culinary history and traditions of each destination, including specially-prepared port-to-table meals Active Exploration—EXC Tours™ bring you closer to fauna, flora and ecosystems via strolling, walking, snorkeling, boat or paddling. Nature and Science—Study the dramatic creation of our natural world. History and Perspective—Walk in the footsteps of history through carefully-crafted itineraries and expert commentary that vividly illuminates the past, preesnt, and future of the world's civilizations. Arts and Culture—See the world as a living museum as you encounter the great works of art in each destination. *Activities listed are samples of what may be offered as details are still being developed.
  16. maxy1234

    Maasdam cabin 559

    We haven't been on Maasdam but are booked to do so. We have been allocated #559 and wonder if anyone has travelled in this or nearby cabins . I would appreciate any comments. There is what looks like a passage going nowhere and it occurs to me that this might be the gangway ! Can anyone confirm this ? If so does it create problems ?
  17. We are looking at the Mexican Riviera 12 night cruise April 2020 . :) First will the Maasdam be dry docked before our cruise in April 2020 ? Please tell us what you liked sailing on Maasdam & if any thing what you did not like . Please do not leave any thing out . We are trying to be sure this cruise is one we would enjoy . We have been to The Mexican riviera many times in the past & even going Dec 9.2018 on Eurodam 7 night cruise:D The 12 night cruise takes in several ports in the Sea of cortez & that makes the itinerary more interesting :D Your input will be very much appreciated:D
  18. Maybe I missed something but from what I can find on here, it looks like the Neptune Suites (and likely all staterooms) on the Maasdam were not updated in this recent drydock and still have the older furniture, carpet, and soft goods, tiny televisions (and therefore not the vastly improved interactive large-screen TVs we just had in a Neptune Suite on the Zuidie), old bathrooms, verandah furniture, lighting, etc. - true or false? And if they have not been upgraded, is there another upcoming drydock scheduled to bring the staterooms to be more in line with the other recent HAL ship refurbs?
  19. Maasdam's Kontiki Voyager cruise left Sept 10, 2018 and started the new " EXC In Depth" cruise program offering more of local immersion, enrichment cruise experience to lesser visited ports. We think it has been a great success so far, and the options will be further refined as they get more passenger feedback as well as suggestions from the panels of enrichment speakers. We started in Fort Lauderdale, through the Panama Canal, up to Costa Rica and down to Ecuador and Peru. We now start the four day at-sea run to Easter Island. As our Easter Island specialist said last night he particularly likes experiencing the four days at sea it takes to get to Easter Islands from Peru since it highlights how remote these islands actually are. It only takes 5 hours to fly from Peru which he thinks makes people think they are a lot closer to land than they actually are. EXC-InDepth enrichment offerings are provided onboard in the following interest areas, in the form of show room lectures, small seminars, informal travel story chats and various culinary and craft demonstrations. 1. Science and Nature 2. History and Perspective 3. Food, Wine and Spirits 4. Photography 5. Arts and Culture 6 Active Exploration Friday - Sept 28, 2018 offerings - pick and choose - any or all or none - each is color-coded in the daily program as to the above interest areas. 9am: Port Perspectives - Peru - speakers panel share their insights about ports we just visited 10am: Port tour presentation - regular EXC staff presentation 10:30am; Bird Club meets with onboard expert 11am: History of Polynesian Foods - Guest Chef - historic and gastronomic overview 1pm: Tahitian Dance Class - Polynesian Cultural Ambassadors 2:30pm: Easter Island Maoi talk- Rocking or Rolling? 3:30pm: Sea Birds of Polynesia = Pacific Ocean migrations 7:15pm: Small Things-Big Impacts -Mosquitos and Disease in the Pacific Islands 9pm: sharing personal travel stories from the presenters There are still the more traditional onboard offerings today as well - movies, digital workshops, trivia, pub crawls, drinks classes, bridge, kitchen tour, sip and savor, religious services, casino specials, happy hours, gemstone talks, fitness classes, Friends of Bill, Tea at Three, EXC desk hours. There will also be an evening ensemble show in the ShowRoom - based on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons No use of Zodiacs on this initial cruise but they have been installed. Once the ship leaves French Polynesia, they will be offering these for excursion options - no specific details known at this time.
  20. While onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam last week we received a flyer listing sailings on the Maasdam. Just looked at the 19 dat South Pacific and Hawaii cruise and was surprised to find most cabins taken. Is this unusual and could it mean a large group may have grabbed rooms? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. From theport authority of Port Alberni; PORT ALBERNI TO HOST CRUISE SHIPS AGAIN IN 2019 The Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) and West Coast Agencies is proud to announce the return of cruise ships to Port Alberni in 2019. Currently, Holland America Line (HAL Ms Maasdam) is scheduled to return to Port Alberni May 25, June 15 and July 6 of 2019. Port Alberni last hosted a cruise ship in May 2013; also a HALvessel. While feedback from passengers, crew and the company itself was extremely positive about their experience with Port Alberni market conditions did not allow for a return since then. However, the Port, in partnership with the City of Port Alberni, remained connected to the company and within the industry to keep our community known as welcoming and a great cruise destination. https://www.portalberniportauthority.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/Port-Alberni-2019-Cruise-Ships.pdf Port-Alberni-2019-Cruise-Ships.pdf
  22. hi all, we're close to booking a cruise to Japan next summer on the Maasdam, mainly for the itinerary but we do like the smaller ships too so that's a bonus. However, I've read online that the ship has been sold and is being leased back to HAL. Does anyone know if this is a fact and do you anticipate any impact on the maintenance of the ship and/or the staffing? Or in fact if the possibility of cancellation is high? Wouldn't want to book flights (will be using airmiles so non refundable or changeable) and have no cruise to go to! Any thoughts welcomed.
  23. We just returned from our cruise on the Maasdam from Montreal to Boston. Here's my review. Embarkation: Easy as could be. No waiting. We zipped right on through. As we boarded they were announcing that there was an issue with the key cards to get into the rooms, but room stewards could let us in. It took until early evening to fix the glitch. They had to recode every room. Some people were upset but it seemed that everyone took it well. It didn't really have much of an impact as our room steward was nearby and let us in and out several times. Captain offered everyone a glass of sparkling wine the following evening. MDR was open for lunch upon embarkation. When I asked, I was told it was open, but they were supposed to encourage us to go to the Lido. (The Lido was dh's choice for lunch anyway, so not a big deal.) Ship: The Maasdam is clearly a older ship. That said, she is very well maintained. A few areas would benefit from some sprucing up and one of the showers in the spa needs some tile work but, overall, no complaints. Itinerary: Absolutely awesome! When I read that many people have done this itinerary multiple times, I thought, “why?”. I mean, there are so many places to travel to. Well, I'd do this itinerary again in a heartbeat. So much to see at each of the ports that I feel like we barely scratched the surface of things we could have seen. Demographics: A lot more families with children than we expected (and way more than on the Amsterdam Alaska cruise we took last summer). Definitely a younger crowd overall. Except for one incident of three youngsters running through the MDR, seemingly unchaperoned, on the second gala night, all of the kids we saw were very pleasant and well behaved. (The incident was short lived and, frankly, we found it rather amusing...not everyone around us shared our opinion!) Food: I know … very subjective. We found the food to be excellent. A few items were not fantastic but, overall, a nice selection and good quality and presentation. We ate in the MDR for one breakfast and had room service for another breakfast; otherwise, we had breakfast in the lido. I liked that they had a choice of breakfast sandwiches so that you could have a really quick breakfast if you liked. For lunch we either ate in the lido or had dive-in burgers. One day we went to the Mariner's lunch and one day we skipped lunch and went to tea instead. I liked the tea a lot, but it was the only meal where we felt rushed. Dh wasn't thrilled with the tea, but it's just not his thing. For dinner, we ate in the MDR most nights and had dinner in the Pinnacle one night. On board: Entertainment was good. It certainly wasn't Broadway quality, but that was fine with us. Our routine was to have a late-ish dinner, stroll around the deck, and then go to the 10pm show. Never any trouble getting a set (late show was pretty sparsely attended). The comedian (Beghnt Washburn) was low-key, but quite entertaining. He joined our table for dinner one night and he is quite an interesting person. The magician (Alexander Great) was good as well (not great, but entertaining). The shows by the Maasdam singers and dancers were adequate. Not fantastic (we thought the singers and dancers on the Alaska cruise we took last year on the Amsterdam were far better), but they were entertaining enough and a pleasant way to end the evening. Dh watched a few of the movies aboard and enjoyed them. He also checked out a couple of the windows workshops and picked up a few hints. I went to two of the ATK demos. I enjoyed both of the demos. I bought a thermal suite pass. I loved the ceramic lounge chairs. The thermal suite was more crowded than what I experienced on the Amsterdam last year. Maybe because of the times I chose to go, but I still enjoyed it. Staff: Mostly amazing. Room steward was excellent, although he did give me a little bit of a hard time (jokingly) when I inadvertently left the 'do not disturb' sign up while we went out on an excursion. We were fine with having the room tidied just once that day. We had to go to the front desk on a couple of occasions, including the first day. Everyone we dealt with there was helpful, although they were pretty harried the first day! MDR/Lido staff … all great! People we met: On our first HAL cruise last year, we met many interesting people and had such great conversations. Same on this cruise. So many interesting and fascinating people. It made our dinner times and excursions so much more enjoyable. I guess being on vacation puts everyone in a good mood, but we were very happy to find such friendly, interesting people on board. Future cruises: Sure glad that I asked about future cruise credits, etc., before we left. The future cruise folks were hard-working and very helpful. We signed up for a 12 day Baltic cruise next summer!
  24. I’m wondering what is next to 576, 577 and 622, 617 on the Maasdam. Are they quiet areas, or do they have crew metal staircases, doors that might slam, etc? The plan doesn't indicate what those spaces are used for.
  25. We are booked on a Montreal to Fort Lauderdale 13 day cruise next month, August 2018. We sailed on the Maasdam last in June of 2017. Does the Maasdam traditional library (with real books to read) still exist? Second question is the Ocean Bar with the dancing and the hot nibbles still the same. We hope so.