On August 15th we sailed from Seattle on the Maasdam heading for Alaska and back. This was a special Prairie Home Companion cruise and the difference from typical cruises became very apparent at the musical events when additional seating would be required at the Explorers Lounge, The Mix and at the Ocean Bar. Our cabin was 729 on deck 4 (A Deck), which is a quiet and convenient location. No problems with the toilet or the air conditioning but we did hear some complaints from passengers on Deck 9 and saw fans in the corridors. The Maasdam was commissioned in 1993 and although the vessel had recently been in dry dock the only update appeared to be an emergency generator installed on the top deck to avoid a complete a power failure. The Maasdam is showing signs of wear and tear. The elevator doors have scratches and some loose handrails. One half of the swing doors was missing between the Lido and the pool on deck 11. There were many cracked windows including in the dining room on 7 and our cabin. The chairs in the Lido and Library were all showing signs of wear. “Water is precious. Please conserve it.” In spite of this message in the bathroom it was impossible to avoid running a lot of water when trying to achieve a suitable water temperature. The fixtures are Hansgrohe and scolding hot water was often dispensed with the lever in the cold position. Much water could be conserved it there were separate hot and cold fixtures. One good point was the deck above the Crows Nest did not have the Plexiglas barriers present on other HAL ships that make photography a challenge. Another good feature was that the Maasdam still has three passenger laundry rooms. The fresh orchids everywhere were also appreciated. The Virtual engine room tour was appreciated and well attended. Elevator names and numbers are always confusing. Inside the lift the deck numbers are displayed while outside only letters are used that give no idea of the direction the lifts are moving. The lift/elevator computer voice gave a funny “Addek” instead of “A Deck”. The Times Digest in rooms was distributed to the Cabins rather than being available in the Library. This change effectively removed the option of reading the news from other regions of the world. Cabin and dining staff were always helpful even though we kept moving between three different tables at dinner. Evening meals in general were light on vegetables and this was overcome by ordering an extra plate of steam vegetables. Many of our group felt that the food quality has deteriorated in recent years.

The Maasdam is Showings Signs of Age

Maasdam Cruise Review by jerseyv

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
On August 15th we sailed from Seattle on the Maasdam heading for Alaska and back. This was a special Prairie Home Companion cruise and the difference from typical cruises became very apparent at the musical events when additional seating would be required at the Explorers Lounge, The Mix and at the Ocean Bar.

Our cabin was 729 on deck 4 (A Deck), which is a quiet and convenient location. No problems with the toilet or the air conditioning but we did hear some complaints from passengers on Deck 9 and saw fans in the corridors.

The Maasdam was commissioned in 1993 and although the vessel had recently been in dry dock the only update appeared to be an emergency generator installed on the top deck to avoid a complete a power failure. The Maasdam is showing signs of wear and tear. The elevator doors have scratches and some loose handrails. One half of the swing doors was missing between the Lido and the pool on deck 11. There were many cracked windows including in the dining room on 7 and our cabin. The chairs in the Lido and Library were all showing signs of wear.

“Water is precious. Please conserve it.” In spite of this message in the bathroom it was impossible to avoid running a lot of water when trying to achieve a suitable water temperature. The fixtures are Hansgrohe and scolding hot water was often dispensed with the lever in the cold position. Much water could be conserved it there were separate hot and cold fixtures.

One good point was the deck above the Crows Nest did not have the Plexiglas barriers present on other HAL ships that make photography a challenge. Another good feature was that the Maasdam still has three passenger laundry rooms. The fresh orchids everywhere were also appreciated.

The Virtual engine room tour was appreciated and well attended.

Elevator names and numbers are always confusing. Inside the lift the deck numbers are displayed while outside only letters are used that give no idea of the direction the lifts are moving. The lift/elevator computer voice gave a funny “Addek” instead of “A Deck”.

The Times Digest in rooms was distributed to the Cabins rather than being available in the Library. This change effectively removed the option of reading the news from other regions of the world.

Cabin and dining staff were always helpful even though we kept moving between three different tables at dinner. Evening meals in general were light on vegetables and this was overcome by ordering an extra plate of steam vegetables. Many of our group felt that the food quality has deteriorated in recent years.
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