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Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by Bobrich, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Bobrich

    Bobrich Guest

    Just back. Had a nice time. Ship has been refurbished. Cabin was good..bed great. Public areas look nice. Food was a disappointment...either overcooked or raw. These guys cannot cook. Even the Pinnacle Grille wasn't very good. Ports were nice, easy to do on your own. Bring an extension cord, water pitcher or jug, and a nightlight.
     
  2. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Which sailing were you on?

    We were back-to-back on June 23 and June 30 cruises. Had a great time. Loved our cruises.

    We thought the food very good; really enjoyed Chef Schumann's offerings. Goes to show how food is so subjective. What one person really enjoys, another person may not.

    We thought lunches in Lido were very good with lots of choices.
    Very friendly crew eager to help in any way.

    Maasdam is in great condition and looks beautiful.
    We were so lucky with nice weather, particularly in Newport. Wasn't it beautiful there?

    We particularly enjoyed the band in Ocean Bar each evening. Good music without being blasingly loud. Lots of people dancing.

    If anyone has any questions about Maasdam and the Canada/New England Itinerary, ask away. We'll try to answer.
     
  3. We did back-to-back cruises on the Maasdam in Feb/Mar and didn't have any problems with the food either in the dining room or the innacle.
     
  4. earl_m

    earl_m Guest

    Glad you enjoy your cruise. I will be cruising in nov. on The Maasdam
     
  5. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Earl...... which Maasdam cruise are you taking? Please refresh my memory. Thank you.
     
  6. earl_m

    earl_m Guest

    I will be on the nov. 19. 10 days carribean
     
  7. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Nice.

    As I said many, many times on this (and other) BB..... we can never get enough of Maasdam. :)

    Hope you have a great cruise.
     
  8. sharon60

    sharon60 Guest

    Sail7seas,

    My husband and I are going on our first cruise Sep 1-8 Canada/New England on the Maasdam. We will be sailing from Boston then on to Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, and finally Montreal.

    Do you have any recommendations for what to see/do in these ports. Are there any "off the beaten path" type of places that you know of?

    Thanks!
    Sharon
     
  9. Bar Harbor is a place to go on your own.

    Two sites to check out:
    Island Explorer Home - free shuttle and several diferent tours.

    Acadia Island Tours: Oli's Trolley - Oli's Trolley - we are looking at doing the 2 1/2 hour tour. The one time we did a tour from HAL we didn't get to Jordan Pond and this tour does stop there.

    This is where you should get a lobster roll. Seems there are 2 types. The ones we had in Kennebunkport were great. Big chunks of lobster on a roll with butter drizzled over them. Since then I have been told that they really should have mayo and celery added as well. Then a couple of weeks ago our newspaper carried an article about lobster rolls and said that a real lobster roll is one without the mayo and celery and at the same time on CC I was told differently. Now I am really confused. Okay - just did another quick check. If you want the lobster meat without thr mayo and celery, I have been told to ask for Lazy Lobster. Don't know if all places will prepare it or not. Maine is the only place to get them.

    Remember that Bar Harbor is a tender port.

    Also I have been told that if you go halfway up the hill from the tender pier, there is a restaurant by the name of Testa's that serves lobster. We have never eaten there. Right at the tender pier there is a restaurant that serves excellent steamed clams.
     
  10. Just got this from the CC board for Bar Harbor:

    We just returned from Bar Harbor. I highly recommend "The Lobster Claw" (takeout...but there are a few tables and chairs there.) at 54 West St. This is close to the ship. They advertise "Always fresh picked lobster"

    The have 3 kinds:
    * Traditional - fresh meat lightly touched with mayo
    * A Natural - just fresh lobster meat
    *Bread and Butter - lobster meat drizzled with real melted butter
     
  11. I understand that the pier in Charolletown is being worked on. Don't know how soon the work will be completed. So you may have to tender there as well.
     
  12. angelo721

    angelo721 Guest

    Hello everyone,

    My wife and I are think about taking the Maasdam Boston to Montreal cruise and had a few questions. We have sailed on Costa, RC, Disney, and Norweigan Cruise lines.

    1) I have only ever sailed on the big ships (80,000 tons and up) and that is the kind of ship I like. The Maasdam is 55,000 tons, almost 1/3 the size of RC Navigator of the Seas. What are your impressions about the big ship vs small ship feel?

    2) We will be sailing with our 7 year old daughter. She loves RC's kids program (she has been on two of their cruises). So how does Holland America's Kid program stack up?

    3) They say that this is a luxury cruise line. But I personally am not a luxury kid of guy if you know what I mean. So is this cruise line stuffy? I mean I love someone waiting on me hand and foot, but if I am walking around in shorts and a t-shirt most of the time will I be frowned upon?

    4) Weird question, are the pools on board fresh water or Salt?

    Even though this cruise has a reputation on the web from what I have seen of leaning towards the older crowds, I love the itinerary.

    So your help is much appreciated.

    Thank you
     
  13. moniquey

    moniquey Guest

    We are considering the Dec. 3, 2008 20 day cruise. We booked a cruise on the our last cruise for a $100 deposit, but it is in Canadian. So we need to wait till Hal revises the Cdn. price because right now they would charge us 18% exchange. The price for the cruise is very good and would hate to miss it. Hope that is what they are shutting down for tonight.
     
  14. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Angelo..... Didn't want you to think no one wanted to answer you..... I don't know the answer to most of your questions.

    1) I have only ever sailed on the big ships (80,000 tons and up) and that is the kind of ship I like. The Maasdam is 55,000 tons, almost 1/3 the size of RC Navigator of the Seas. What are your impressions about the big ship vs small ship feel?



    I've never sailed one of the huge apartment of the seas type ships. They are not to our liking so cannot compare for you. We adore the 55,000 ton Maasdam and her sisters. There are hardly any lines to stand in. There is much space per pax and the ship never feels crowded. Nothing is very far away from where you are. There are plenty of cozy nooks and crannies. Find a spirited lounge or casino or a quiet deck chair to just look at the sea.


    2) We will be sailing with our 7 year old daughter. She loves RC's kids program (she has been on two of their cruises). So how does Holland America's Kid program stack up?


    We have never traveled with young children so have no idea how one kid's program compares to another. HAL has Club HAL and the kids all seem to love it. The adults love it because it does seem to keep the children content and happy and busy a certain number of hours per day.




    3) They say that this is a luxury cruise line. But I personally am not a luxury kid of guy if you know what I mean. So is this cruise line stuffy? I mean I love someone waiting on me hand and foot, but if I am walking around in shorts and a t-shirt most of the time will I be frowned upon?


    Shorts and t-shirts are fine during the day and the norm. Neither are permitted in the dining room in the evening. I have never felt a stuffy attitude on an HAL ship. It is mass market, not ultra deluxe. For stuffy, you probably need to look at Seabourn or Regent perhaps. Maybe Crystal might be stuffy? Don't know. We haven't sailed them.





    4) Weird question, are the pools on board fresh water or Salt?


    Not weird. It is asked far more than you would think. :)

    Maasdam has one of each. Main Lido pool is fresh and aft Navigation Pool is salt.



    Sorry I could not be more helpful.
     
  15. Sailing_gal

    Sailing_gal Guest

    :thumb I have to say that the answers given to help anyone on these
    forums are far better than what TAs have in AUstralia.

    jmho but here TAs could hardly sell a paper bag. To have a great cruise
    I want to know a lot of information.

    Until a few years ago you could not even get information about future
    cruises..... thank goodness for the Web:girly
     
  16. angelo721

    angelo721 Guest

    Sail7Seas,

    Thank you so much.

    We love the Montreal to Boston Itinerary so much I think we are going to book it.

    And you know, even though I am a 100,000 ton plus cruise ship lover, I might be surprised by the smaller ships of Holland America. I am a new travel agent and need to experience everything right :).

    So far just reading reviews and such Holland America really impresses me. It seems that they go the extra mile for their guests.

    And with the food I read on this board, like Lobster, steamed clams and Crab Claws. We can;t go wrong.

    I thank you again for all your help.
     
  17. A great place to have mussles and lobster rolls in Charlottettown is "Lobster on the Wharf". It is right near the tender pier.

    I understand that next year the Maasdam will not be doing the Saguenay Fjord. More time will be spent in Charlottetown.
     
  18. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    angelo.......

    Happy you find the info here helpful.
    Yes......as a TA it is of great benefit to your clients (and you) for you to have experience on more than the ships that are your preference. The more you experience, the better you are able to help your clients. Besides, you just might find you actually like something you did not expect to.

    The "S" class ships of HAL are our favorites BUT we also LOVE Noordam. She is about 85,000 ton so considerably larger than the "S" sisters. (Statendam, Maasdam, Ryndam and Veedam). HAL, like the others, knows that in this era they can't compete with only 55,000 ton ships and they can't provide the cruise experience some folks are seeking. That is one of the many things great about HAL.....choices. Choose the gorgeous Noordam or one of her Vista Class sisters; or choose from the "R" or "S" class...... or even the elegant (former for HAL) world cruiser, Prinsendam.
     
  19. cruzinjudi

    cruzinjudi Guest

    Does the Maasdam have hair dryers in the cabin and if they do-would you bring your own or are they okay???????
     
  20. Lisa63

    Lisa63 Guest

    A (good) word about the Kids' Program, Club HAL. We did the Montreal-to-Boston itinerary on Maasdam in August 2004 when our son was 10 years old. We were told that there were 70 kids onboard (counting all pax age 18 and younger). Our son LOVED Club HAL. He loved the attention from the staff that they were able to give to such a small group. (I believe there were about 10-15 kids in his group.) He participated in many games, and came home with a lot of loot -- mousepad, key holder, a tie-dyed T-shirt he made himself, and many other items that I can't recall. He is not one to like crowds, so this suited him very well. He also likes to spend time with us in the evenings, so we didn't use the kids programs frequently, but he did enjoy it and look forward to it every time he went. At the time, there was not a dedicated space for Club HAL, but I understand there is now after a refurbhishment a couple of years ago.

    cruzinjudi, I don't know the answer to your question, but I'm sure a more recent Maasdam cruiser will come along with the answer.
     

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