Maasdam Cruise Review by karenbink
- Sail Date: July 2016
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
It was a great sized ship as we were able to dock at ALL of the ports, no tenders--Yipee.
Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely smooth.
The food was average. Some too salty, some of the meats too fatty and chewy. In the main dining room fish one night was "fishy" tasting.
Crew was fabulous. Everyone friendly and helpful.
There was a lot to do one the ship especially on the sea days. Something for everyone.
The entertainment was great. Really enjoyed the singers and dancers and the HAL Cats band. The Ocean Bar had a great trio most nights. The computer classes by Meghan were superior--great idea & service and great teacher.
The Thermal Spa was a little disappointing as it was smaller than the other HAL ships. Also the Women's locker room doors seemed to remain open most of the time despite repeatedly complaining and repeatedly closing them each time I was in there. The Women's locker room opens to the hallway on one side and into the spa with treatment rooms directly across and adjoining the locker rooms. Once, while I was dressing, a staff member paraded a MALE thru the women's locker room as it was faster to get out of the spa that way!
We were locked out of our room for over 3 hours waiting for the locksmith. The key mechanism's battery had died.
The shore excursions were wonderful. There were choices for everyone's ability and interest. We took one on each port and they never failed to please us. Great guides who are friendly and informative.
I took my sister for a "big number" birthday celebration. There were to celebrate it in the dining room on the first Gala Night and failed to do so.
When spending this much money for a Veranda Suite, it should be in perfect condition.
Also HAL had advertised that ALL of the Suites on all ships had new coffee makers and Bose Docking Speakers. Our suite DID NOT have them.
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