We picked this cruise due to the many ports that other ships can't reach. Anchorage, Homer & Kodiak. And a new stop, "Icy Strait Point". We have sailed on Holland America before, and to Alaska. Were disappointed at the food (either bland or Salty) and lack of entertainment on our prior trip aboard the Rotterdam about 5 years ago. This cruise, totally different. The food was great, from the Lido to the regular dinning room. We did try the Pennacle, and found it ok. Almost the same as the Main dinning room. That's how good the regular dinning room food was. But did the "Le Cirque" and were really surprised. This is a must. Entertainment. WOW, would pay good money to see the ship performers again. Each and everyone of them. From singers to dancers. Top notch. Then there's Liz (Culinary) and Ron (Wine expect). These two make the trip. From Food fights (either chiefs or entertainers doing a cook off) and Wine tasting and history from Ron. Don't miss a one. We found out soon, don't miss "Sip & Savor". Both Ron and Liz at each of these meets. We had an outside room. The norm, except for the "Tub" was ok. If you have trouble stepping high. Either bring a step stool or bath in the sink. It's a little hard to get out of the tub. Even if just a shower. Service was great and getting on and off the ship was an ease. We were so pleased with our cruise, we have booked another on this ship. It IS an older ship and looks it. But the size and ease of getting around made it better than any large ship we have been on. Now the CON, From prior Holland America cruise, where there was little to do. There was almost to much this time. They (whoever lines up the events) needs to organize better. To many days there were over lapping events. Was hard to decide which one to see. Plus sometimes an event location was changed at the last minute and was missed. Or, an event was to end at 2:00 and the next (at the other end of the ship) at 3:00. but the 2 O'clock one went overtime and we missed part or all of the next. Some days, there would be 3 events at the same time. :( There was plenty of excursions to pick from. Only one that was limited was Icy point. A fairly new stop that is still under construction. But Highly recommended. Be sure to take the bus into the fishing village. You might get a chance to see the boat from "Alaska Bush people". But even with this, the many Pluses makes this the best ship to be on. Looking forward to our next cruise on the Maasdam.

Older ships can be better

Maasdam Cruise Review by California Desert Rat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
We picked this cruise due to the many ports that other ships can't reach. Anchorage, Homer & Kodiak. And a new stop, "Icy Strait Point".

We have sailed on Holland America before, and to Alaska. Were disappointed at the food (either bland or Salty) and lack of entertainment on our prior trip aboard the Rotterdam about 5 years ago.

This cruise, totally different. The food was great, from the Lido to the regular dinning room. We did try the Pennacle, and found it ok. Almost the same as the Main dinning room. That's how good the regular dinning room food was. But did the "Le Cirque" and were really surprised. This is a must.

Entertainment. WOW, would pay good money to see the ship performers again. Each and everyone of them. From singers to dancers. Top notch.

Then there's Liz (Culinary) and Ron (Wine expect). These two make the trip. From Food fights (either chiefs or entertainers doing a cook off) and Wine tasting and history from Ron. Don't miss a one. We found out soon, don't miss "Sip & Savor". Both Ron and Liz at each of these meets.

We had an outside room. The norm, except for the "Tub" was ok. If you have trouble stepping high. Either bring a step stool or bath in the sink. It's a little hard to get out of the tub. Even if just a shower. Service was great and getting on and off the ship was an ease.

We were so pleased with our cruise, we have booked another on this ship. It IS an older ship and looks it. But the size and ease of getting around made it better than any large ship we have been on.

Now the CON, From prior Holland America cruise, where there was little to do. There was almost to much this time. They (whoever lines up the events) needs to organize better. To many days there were over lapping events. Was hard to decide which one to see. Plus sometimes an event location was changed at the last minute and was missed. Or, an event was to end at 2:00 and the next (at the other end of the ship) at 3:00. but the 2 O'clock one went overtime and we missed part or all of the next. Some days, there would be 3 events at the same time. :(

There was plenty of excursions to pick from. Only one that was limited was Icy point. A fairly new stop that is still under construction. But Highly recommended. Be sure to take the bus into the fishing village. You might get a chance to see the boat from "Alaska Bush people".

But even with this, the many Pluses makes this the best ship to be on. Looking forward to our next cruise on the Maasdam.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin D 822
Noted on first day, crew was busy replacing windows. Some broken ? and there was notable "rust". The glass on half of our window was Glazed. But we understand this is an "Old" ship. Closet was bigger than we're used to. Bathroom was nice, average but then the TUB. Hard to get out of. Even for me (5'8"). My wife (4'10") almost couldn't use it.
Bed mattress could use replacing. Had to get two (2) egg crate covers to fill in the middle. We like sleeping close, but not like that. :)
First few hours on the ship, there were fumes from the fueling tender. We were temporary moved to the other side of the ship till our room was aired out.
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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