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We were on Maasdam last December on an Auckland to Sydney cruise.  Ship only had 800 passengers of a capacity approx 1200 so no queues for anything.

Food was good. 

Entertainment very light on.  Night entertainment often was educational speaker or movie.

Worst cabin weve ever had in 25 plus cruises.

We were a group with 4 cabins all inside guarantee.  The other 3 cabins were excellent size ours was a super micro we had to push the bed to be able to get in and out of the room. Supposed to be large room we all booked same catagory and paid same price booking together same agent  

I went down to ask if we could be moved seeing the ship had so many empty cabins but they wanted $2000 pp so we just put up with it.  We rarely spend time in the cabin which is why we take insides.

I wouldn't jump at another HAL cruise unless it was a ridiculously good price.

Our favorite is celebrity though we are not particularly loyal to any line.

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Here is some interesting pricing. I know which one I would pick.😉

Indian Ocean & South Africa
 Monday 20th January 2020
Departing Adelaide  
[Cruise Map]
 55 Nights
 Sun Princess
 Up To $100 Onboard Credit*
Twin From $11,151 pp
or
Indian Ocean & South Africa
 Friday 24th January 2020
Departing Fremantle  
[Cruise Map]
 46 Nights
 Sun Princess
 Up To $100 Onboard Credit*
Twin From $30,186 pp 😲

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21 minutes ago, By The Bay said:

Here is some interesting pricing. I know which one I would pick.😉

Indian Ocean & South Africa
 Monday 20th January 2020
Departing Adelaide  
[Cruise Map]
 55 Nights
 Sun Princess
 Up To $100 Onboard Credit*
Twin From $11,151 pp
or
Indian Ocean & South Africa
 Friday 24th January 2020
Departing Fremantle  
[Cruise Map]
 46 Nights
 Sun Princess
 Up To $100 Onboard Credit*
Twin From $30,186 pp 😲

They are probably different categories.

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2 hours ago, Tara Jane said:

We were on Maasdam last December on an Auckland to Sydney cruise.  Ship only had 800 passengers of a capacity approx 1200 so no queues for anything.

Food was good. 

Entertainment very light on.  Night entertainment often was educational speaker or movie.

Worst cabin weve ever had in 25 plus cruises.

We were a group with 4 cabins all inside guarantee.  The other 3 cabins were excellent size ours was a super micro we had to push the bed to be able to get in and out of the room. Supposed to be large room we all booked same catagory and paid same price booking together same agent  

I went down to ask if we could be moved seeing the ship had so many empty cabins but they wanted $2000 pp so we just put up with it.  We rarely spend time in the cabin which is why we take insides.

I wouldn't jump at another HAL cruise unless it was a ridiculously good price.

Our favorite is celebrity though we are not particularly loyal to any line.

You should have gone much higher, seeing you were in a group of 4 cabins all inside guarantee same price and the other three were an excellent size.  I have never heard of such a small cabin, having to push a bed to be able to get in and out of a room.  No wonder you said it was the worst cabin ever in 25 plus cruises.  There must have been other cabins available with only 800 passengers.  

I'm attracted to Maasdam's itineraries, pity they weren't more customer focussed!  

Thanks for sharing your experience. 

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Yes I should have but we had a recent family death and I just wasnt in the mood to fight.  I was just glad the others all had good cabins as I was the organizer of the trip and would have felt bad if they had a cabin like us.

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38 minutes ago, Tara Jane said:

Yes I should have but we had a recent family death and I just wasnt in the mood to fight.  I was just glad the others all had good cabins as I was the organizer of the trip and would have felt bad if they had a cabin like us.

 

Love to know what cabin number that was. Especially if it's duplicated on Aria.

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IQ 108 large interior stateroom

I should have added in my comments that we chose this cruise due to the itinerary.  We have travelled NZ extensively both cruise and road travel.  This itinerary went into quite a few smaller ports that the big ships cant get into.  We missed Kaikoura due to weather and the captain decided not to take us far in to Milford sound.  We were travelling with a RCI ship which went fully in and spent quite some time so felt quite cheated.

Weather was not an issue that day.

Edited by Tara Jane

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2 hours ago, MMDown Under said:

You should have gone much higher, seeing you were in a group of 4 cabins all inside guarantee same price and the other three were an excellent size.  I have never heard of such a small cabin, having to push a bed to be able to get in and out of a room.  No wonder you said it was the worst cabin ever in 25 plus cruises.  There must have been other cabins available with only 800 passengers.  

I'm attracted to Maasdam's itineraries, pity they weren't more customer focussed!  

Thanks for sharing your experience. 

I'll find out in February Auk/Syd. HAL is my second favourite after Celebrity.

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Celebrity Solstice from Sydney

 

to Cairns return, 12 nights, 15th October 2019, $1249pp Inside

to Auckland no return, 12 nights, 20th November 2019, $1226pp Inside

to Port Vila return, 9 nights, 14th December 2019, $998pp Inside

 

As the weather hots up, so do the bargains.

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$2999 including return flights

Fly to New York for 3 night hotel stay

12 night MSC Meraviglia cruise NY>Philipsburg>Fort de France>Saint George>Willemstad>Oranjestad>Ocean Cay>Miami

Ocean View upgrade $419

This one is tempting for 19 Oct 2020.

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, lyndarra said:

$2999 including return flights

Fly to New York for 3 night hotel stay

12 night MSC Meraviglia cruise NY>Philipsburg>Fort de France>Saint George>Willemstad>Oranjestad>Ocean Cay>Miami

Ocean View upgrade $419

This one is tempting for 19 Oct 2020.

 

 

 

Forgot to mention. Includes grats and price is Oz $s

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3 minutes ago, valantine80 said:

Presumably gratuities are not included in these HAL deals?

Correct, unless offered as a perk by HAL or TA.

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4 hours ago, lyndarra said:

Forgot to mention. Includes grats and price is Oz $s

Hi Lyndarra, great deal!  But I can only find that price (on the 1st Cruise site I looked at) without grats.  ("Gratuities, Transfers and visa's (unless stated) are not included.").   

 

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On 10/7/2019 at 5:56 PM, GUT2407 said:

For anyone wondering you won’t meet two nicer people than Mics Bro and SiL

I disagree, I think I am nicer than my brother.😋

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On 10/7/2019 at 6:39 PM, willsaway said:

The ports and itinerary intrigued us, so we did a quick read of Maasdam reviews.  Never cruised with HAL, only Rci/Celebrity so very interested to hear any comments about this ship from those of you who are obviously familiar with her? Cheers.

It is a nice compact ship with only around 1200 pax.

There is usually plenty of entertainment on board with bands a nd musicians performing in the various lounges, but they do not have a production cast for shows, so it is all guest performers.

Plenty of activities on sea days, but it does tend to be an older crowd due to the longer itineraries. Usually a good mix of internationals along with the Aussies.

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32 minutes ago, cinogirl said:

Hi Lyndarra, great deal!  But I can only find that price (on the 1st Cruise site I looked at) without grats.  ("Gratuities, Transfers and visa's (unless stated) are not included.").   

 

I got the offer by email. After I posted the cruise here I went back to the email and I was sure it included grats. After reading your reply I went back to my email but now I can't find it. I've must have accidentaly deleted it and now I can't find it in the deleted files or bin.  I've also got their Sunday paper (Telegraph) ad but it doesn't mention grats as being included. Must have read the ad wrong. Sorry. Still a good deal though. I have an MSC cruise next month for which I've prepaid the grats but it was through a different TA.

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3 hours ago, lyndarra said:

I got the offer by email. After I posted the cruise here I went back to the email and I was sure it included grats. After reading your reply I went back to my email but now I can't find it. I've must have accidentaly deleted it and now I can't find it in the deleted files or bin.  I've also got their Sunday paper (Telegraph) ad but it doesn't mention grats as being included. Must have read the ad wrong. Sorry. Still a good deal though. I have an MSC cruise next month for which I've prepaid the grats but it was through a different TA.

 

I got the email, it also says "Prices do not include gratuities or transfers unless otherwise specified and gratuities may be required for some dining options."

 

However, if you're interested, MSC currently have a promotion which includes free drinks for the first two people - I believe this should be combinable with this unless the TA has done something odd so worth checking out.

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Just saw a 'Clean' deal in an email. 14 days Treasures of Asia 9 Dec 2019 on Sun Princess. Singapore to Fremantle from $995.

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16 minutes ago, voluntr57 said:

Just saw a 'Clean' deal in an email. 14 days Treasures of Asia 9 Dec 2019 on Sun Princess. Singapore to Fremantle from $995.

Yep saw that, $71pp pd only inside and oceanview left.

Edited by banzaii

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Half world cruise, Sea Princess May 12 2020,Sydney to Dover, fly home business class flights included with Balcony cabins ,email from Princess $17,000 approximately. 

Very tempting!

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Heres a nice reposition  cruise on Golden Princess....

32 days LA to Singapore 

price dependent on the options you choose....eg cruise can be broken into segments.

 

DatePortArriveDepart
Sat 22/08/20Los Angeles (CA) / USA16:00
Sun 23/08/20At Sea
Mon 24/08/20At Sea
Tue 25/08/20Vancouver / Canada07:3016:30
Wed 26/08/20At Sea
Thu 27/08/20Ketchikan (AK)* / USA07:0016:00
Fri 28/08/20Juneau (AK) / USA10:0021:00
Sat 29/08/20Skagway (AK) / USA07:0020:30
Sun 30/08/20Icy Strait Point (AK)* / USA07:0018:00
Mon 31/08/20Hubbard Glacier (Passage) / USA07:0012:00
Tue 01/09/20Anchorage (AK) / USA07:0020:00
Wed 02/09/20At Sea
Thu 03/09/20At Sea
Fri 04/09/20At Sea
Sat 05/09/20Date Line12:0013:00
Sun 06/09/20Day lost (Due to passing the dateline)
Mon 07/09/20At Sea
Tue 08/09/20At Sea
Wed 09/09/20At Sea
Thu 10/09/20Muroran / Japan07:0018:00
Fri 11/09/20At Sea
Sat 12/09/20Yokohama / Japan06:3017:00
Sun 13/09/20Shimizu / Japan07:0016:00
Mon 14/09/20Osaka / Japan09:0021:00
Tue 15/09/20At Sea
Wed 16/09/20At Sea
Thu 17/09/20Keelung / Taiwan07:0021:00
Fri 18/09/20At Sea
Sat 19/09/20Hong Kong / China07:0018:00
Sun 20/09/20At Sea
Mon 21/09/20Nha Trang / Vietnam08:0017:00
Tue 22/09/20Phu My* / Vietnam07:0018:00
Wed 23/09/20At Sea
Thu 24/09/20Singapore / Singapore07:00

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