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Old March 4th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Hey all! This will be my second cruise (the first was on Carnival). I will be 22 and going with my much older parents. Is there going to be anything to do on this cruise for me?!!? I had a blast on Carnival when I was 19 but I'm worried about this one. Its 11 day Carribean trip and I know that will be enjoyable, but I'm just curious about the ship itself. TIA!
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Old March 5th, 2009, 02:42 PM
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We cruise Maasdam every year and have for years. We have three cruises booked on her for 2009.

We adore this ship and her crew is among the best at sea.

But, truth be told. An eleven day cruise attracts people who have more time, usually. Most families and young working people, tend to take seven day Caribbean cruises. When you get over ten days, it is often an older set, no matter the cruise line. They are the ones who have the free time.

Maasdam is about 55,000 ton. A mid-size ship, considered small by many these days in comparison to the mega vessels of 100,000+ tons.

She carries approximately 1250 guests and is an older ship. She is lovingly cared for an in excellent condition but nevertheless doesn't have rock climbing walls, pool slides and ice skating rinks.

I am not sure this is the best, most fun cruise for a 21 years old unless you are not a party type, you are happy to enjoy sunning/beach/pool, reading, working out in the gym, cocktails in various lounges. You didn't say date of your cruise and that could make a difference.

I am being boldly honest with you so you will have a reasonable expectation.

If you are a party hearty type (nothing wrong if you are), this is not going to be your favorite ship.

But if you can enjoy a ship with very beautiful art, elegantly understated, cozy comfortable quiet spots to enjoy, Crows Nest at night for dancing,....... well then, hopefully you'll have a great time.
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This will be our fifth time on Maasdam( July 4/09). However, I agree
with the prvious person. We were on this ship for 18 days last summer. I saw very few young people on board. We are both over 60 and we referred to it as a gereatric cruise. That should indicate how old most of the passengers were.
The Crow's Nest is great at night if you like dance bands but once again there were not very many young people on board.
If you enjoy the water and being on a cruise ship on the water regardless of the activities, you will have a wonderful time. I would not comtemplate a lot of the younger crowd on board. We have done a lot of cruising and found that Carnival was the ship for the younger crowd. We did not enjoy ourselves on Carnival becuase the crowd was so young.
We prefer a crowd over 50 and love Maasdam for the ship and also the age of the crowd it attracts.
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This is totally what I expected. My mom can't seem to understand my hesitation about it. I mean, I wouldn't ever turn down a free cruise (they want to take me on one last trip before I get married). I will of course enjoy the ports and just being in the sun. We are going in December so anything warm will be great! I'm not a huge partier by ANY means, but I do enjoy spending time with people my own age. I will just take plenty of books with me (luckily I do love to read) and hang out by the pool. I'm glad you mentioned the gym, I didn't see that in their reviews. It will be just 5 months before my wedding and I remember grazing the whole time!! Thanks so much for your responses!
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Actually, the gym is fairly decent. The treadmills have individual tv's, there are step machines, bikes, weights, classes and the views are wonderful.

Don't kid yourself that some of these more senior folks aren't in the gym early morning and throughout the day.

You know........sixty is the new fifty!
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eeeeeekkkkkkk. Our family will be on the Maasdam in 3 weeks for 14 days, these posts are making it sound like we will be visiting the old folks home! Our two boys 5 & 12 years old will really skew the Maasdam's average age demographic. It is during spring break, so hopefully there will be some other children on board. The cruise is hitting 12 ports in 14 days so I'm not too worried about being bored on board. We sailed the Veendam in 2003 and loved it, I believe the Maasdam is similiar in size and age.

When you pull into dock it is so nice to be able to get on and off without huge lines and crowds, so that's a good perk.

This may be the last time you get to spend some real quality time with mom & dad before you are married, enjoy.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 09:50 PM
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Maasdam is sister ship to Veendam as well as Statendam and Ryndam. The four are fabulous ships and Maasdam is one of our two favorites in HAL's fleet.

Spring break will definitely have many young families/teens/college age pax. That is why I mentioned in my first post that 'when' you are cruising makes a difference.

During holiday/vacation time there are always many more young 'uns.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 12:39 AM
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Its over new years. I'm hoping there will be some girls there I can meet up with. Agian, if not, it will be a great time to catch up on reading!
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Over the holidays, there will definitely be many young people. Lots of families cruise the holidays. Best chance for having others your age and you are bound to on the Christmas and New Year cruises. Enjoy!
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I am going on the Maasdam Jan.27th 2011 2-week Southern Caribbean cruise. I hear she is about to go into dry dock. Is it true they are going to replace the aft pool with more staterooms?
Does anyone know what shape the interiors are in? We sailed a Princess ship just before it was due for dry dock and the carpets, etc. were pretty bad.
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Maasdam will go to dry dock in April and is getting changes to her show lounge and the new MIX bar arrangement in place of Piano Bar and Casino Bar. People have spoken highly of MIX that has been put on other ships, so far..... Rotterdam and Veendam.

However, HAPPILY, Maasdam is NOT going to lose her aft pool and get the Retreat that Veendam and Rotterdam got. She will continue to have an aft pool!!! I'm not sure if it was formally announced yet but we got it as excellent info while we were aboard last month.

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