Have sailed the Maasdam twice, she's a lovely ship. We took our first cruise on Maasdam and fell in love with cruising and HAL, had a verandah and was spoiled for anything else. If you have sailed on any newer ships with HAL you will not have any trouble finding your way around the ship. There are subtle differences in some areas. If you have specific questions about the ship I would try to answer...have not sailed your itinerary. The crew and staff as we have always found with HAL are the best.
Sailed western Carib. this fall, just after ship had been renovated. Had a suite that was wonderful, especially with the concierge and lounge available to those in the suites. Suite was twice as big as the veranda cabins. Service was excellent, especially the cabin service. Fresh fruit daily.
Dolly, our nightly head waiter was fantastic. He was so fun and had great recommendations.
I'm also booked on the maasdam to canada on 5-22-04 and have lots of questions.
I saw a post where it cost someone 40 bucks for 120 minutes on internet. What is the cost if you take your laptop and use the wireless areas?
Sailed on Maasdam Feb 2004 out of Norfolk. After sailing on Noordam last year and experiencing some of the best food and service ever on a cruise, we looked forward to 11 days on a larger HAL ship, expecting outstanding food and service and the amenitites of a bigger, newer ship. We were extremely disappointed. The food was good, the food service marginal at best with improvements not seen even after commenting on the problem. There was a foul odor permeating the passenger corridors and stairwells throughout the entire cruise (it appeared there was a serious plumbing problem somewhere). Hopefully, these issues have been addressed and corrected, but our experience has certainly cooled us on sailing HAL again.
we are booked on the Maasdam Aug 21 & Aug 28 Canada New england.
We have done this run twice before but not on HAL.. The fortress of Louisbourg is definitely woth seeing. It is a side tour from sydney Nova Scotia. Sydney itself is very small village and not too much to see. From Halifax, Peggy's Cove is a must see.
wonderful little finshing village and historic lighthouse. Beautiful area. also the Halifax waterfront is worth a visit. There is an imteresting centre explaining what it was like for people who emigrated to North America from Europe and the British Isles. If you have a family memeber in the past who emigrated via halifax, you can reasearch all the information on their arrival that is the ship, their sponsers to get into the country etc. We did this for my husband's mother who emigrated fromn England. We were provide with all the information on her sailig and her sponsors into the country , etc.
Thera re also a lot of interesting shops along the waterfront.
Charlottwon is of course close to Snne of Grren gables . Quebec city if you have never been , is incredible. it is Noth America's only walled city. You really don;t need to take a tour here as there is so much to do just walking around. There is the lower city and the upper city. it is simply spectacular. The first thing you see is the Chateau sitting high up on a hill. There is the wonderful boardwalk that will take you for a lon long walk.
I hope this helps.