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  1. We're sailing across the Bay of Bengal about a day out of Sri Lanka. I spotted an object in the water on our starboard side and a few minutes later the Captain announced we would make a U-turn to check it out. It it turned out to be an abandoned raft but a tender is being sent to check it out. I'll report back on the findings.
  2. teamflames

    Maasdam - tennis

    Is there still a paddle tennis court, is there equipment? Looking at a long cruise mid year. Thanks
  3. Empehi

    Maasdam Cabins

    Would appreciate any thoughts on lower priced ocean view cabin on the Maasdam. Specifically, HH 375, 376. If a category or two higher would provide better views and location, I would greatly appreciate the input. I have never been on this ship. Thanks.
  4. frbob

    Maasdam aground?

    I heard from someone that Maasdam went aground while entering the port of Phuket, Thailand. Can anyone confirm?
  5. Empehi

    Maasdam Refurbish

    Does anyone have an idea when Holland is considering refurbishing The Maasdam? It has been a long time. Thanks .... empehi
  6. 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?
  7. snoopyud

    Gala Nites Maasdam

    Anyone know if there are gala nights on Maasdam? Tx
  8. 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?
  9. We really enjoyed Stryker in the bar doing Broadway tunes on a Canada cruise maybe 4? years ago. Is he still around? TIA.
  10. We have a 40 day Australia circumnavigation cruise booked on the Maasdam sailing Oct 7th from Auckland. We followed OlsSalt's thread on the Maasdam's Kontiki Voyager cruise in September that featured the new EXC In-depth cruise program and are definitely excited about the new format. But, new threads regarding her subsequent sailings have gone quiet. If anyone has sailed on the Maasdam since her maiden voyage in October, we would definitely enjoy hearing your comments, good or bad. Some of the areas we're interested in are the quality of evening production shows, number of lectures on sea days, internet service quality from your cabin, are there still DVD players in the cabins and, of course, how's the food? Still great? Any thoughts will be appreciated.
  11. 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?
  12. There are 2 scheduled pop up Sel de Mer dinners currently on the 20 day Maasdam EXC in depth cruise, The one girl said I would receiver 4* Mariner discount,. Went to find hubby to discuss dates - went to Pinnacle Grill to book, and another girl said no.. I called guest services, who in turn called the Pinnacle Grill Manager, and the answer was NO Mariner discount for the pop up dinner events. So those of you who have received discounts in the past, good for you that you were lucky, I am not so impressed with the lack of coordination in information on various things..... The right hand sometimes does not know what the left hand is doing!. Enjoying the cruise, and you can read more about it on Btimmer's blog (I believe he posted the link in another thread).
  13. For those interested in following my almost live daily blog about our RT EXC cruise on the Maasdam from Singapore to Sri Lanka, below is the link: Https://timmer2019srilanka.blogspot.com Like my previous blogs, I'll comment on our activities and compare this EXC cruise with inaugural EXC cruise we were on last September and October. i'll also post pictures in this thread and answer any questions you might have. We're scheduled to depart in a few hours and we're looking forward to the cruise. We even splurged and have a window cabin.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. As we are now into Christmas Eve here....enjoy the short video highlights of the Maasdam sailing out of the heads here in Victoria and dream about your next cruise. A wonderful Christmas to each of you from us & and a safe & healthy 2019 Enjoy the Cruise!
  19. Does the Maasdam have water stations to fill a water bottle? Thanks
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. I kept photo and other files of our recent cruise, and will do a review with photos. We have been back for a couple of weeks, and I have organized my files and am writing an account, among the many other things I did not neglect since coming back. Here is my report (it may take some time for me to post it all, but I will persevere until finished). We left San Diego on March 25, spent six days at sea and then visited Honolulu and Lahaina, Hawaii on March 31 and April 1. We then spent several days traveling south (and across the International Date Line) to visit Fanning Island, Kiribati on April 5. The next day, April 6, we crossed the equator. The day after that, April 6, we went back across the International Date Line. Then came six islands in French Polynesia April 9-15, and then another six days at sea before arriving back at San Diego on April 22. Here is a map of our journey: Upfront basic impression: Hawaii and French Polynesia are groups of beautiful islands, and even though we both had been to Hawaii, this was one of our bucket list cruises, so we could see the southern islands. We were not disappointed, because the scenery was fabulous and we enjoyed interacting with the people. Since this cruise had a lot of sea days, I will do the review in different parts – first, a review of the ports and things we did there, as well as crossing the equator; second, photos and thoughts on the ship itself; third, some general printed info and then a daily compilation of When and Where pages, and dinner and dessert menus, for those who enjoy reading them. I hope you enjoy the review, Dave
  25. 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