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Old November 8th, 2004, 04:13 PM
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Default Maasdam accessability

Has aynone in wheelchair been on Maasdam.
I have reviewed deck plans and the cabins look okay.
However because of age of ship I am worried about
access to public room and lounges. Any help
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Old November 11th, 2004, 01:56 PM
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Default Re: Maasdam accessability

hi have not traveld on madam but on statendam and ryndam sister ships to masdam .
and very good movment around ship rams where needed our in place a couple of adapted restrooms . we had no problems and found the cabins easy for us to move around.
hope this has been of some help to you.
if you have querys the acess and compliance department at hal our ver good. just ring them.
by for now . wheres that next dam ship.
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Old December 1st, 2004, 06:18 PM
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Default Re: Maasdam accessability

I believe that this ship is identical to the Ryndam and the Statendam, which we have been on several times. Which cabin are you in? Some of the "accessible" cabins on this ship are less accessible than others (they are much smaller and have a tub instead of a roll-in shower).

Otherwise in spite of their age we have found these ships to be quite accessible, including the tender lift they have. The drawback for the tender lift is that it can only be used with certain tenders, so you may have to wait for some time to get on/off, and it can only be used with a manual wheelchair of 18" or less (no scooters, no power chairs).

Show room is good...you can pretty much sit where you want on the main floor (not in the balcony), and the dining room is fully ramped. Crow's Nest is a little bit of a problem as the couches are screwed to the floor and there are some path of travel problems here, but you can get to the windows at they very front of this room pretty easily in a wheelchair. No pool lifts when we were on them, but I heard a rumor they would going to change this. The buffet is all one straight shot...much better than the island set up on Princess which is confusing and difficult to use from a wheelchair. Free ice cream too!

I love the fact that HAL does not use room cleaning carts, so they don't block the hallways as is so common on other cruise ships. The cabin stewards just use a small hand-held basket of cleaning solutions, etc.

There is a decent library, and the movie theater has several areas where you can sit in a wheelchair. Get there early to claim some of the free popcorn.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 05:48 PM
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Unless I am mistaken, the deck and staterooms on the Maasdam are the same as the Statendam where two of the wheelchair accessible cabins, Lower Promenade Deck, Nos.389 and 388 are under the galley. We occupied 389 on a 10 cruise last year and did not get one night sleep due to the noise from that galley atr all hours of the night..

Make sure the cabin you have wil not be under the galley.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 06:12 PM
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Default Re: Maasdam accessability

We were lower down (709 and 704) which is also very far forward, and so low you have port holes instead of windows, but otherwise a pretty good accessible cabin (which sleeps up to 3). The bathroom is small, but workable, with a roll-in shower.
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