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Jeanne Gouse

Age: 70

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 18

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Maasdam

Sailing Date: 01-30-2009

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

Maasdam is an older ship, but has been very well maintained. It's a wonderful size for extended, luxury cruising. With a little over 1200 passengers it offers a more intimate cruise with larger than normal cabins, all of which are very nicely appointed. Only the bathrooms show the ships age. We spent 2 weeks and went to 10 different islands, that all had something different to offer. The food was outstanding. Wonderful variety. Beautifully presented. Definitely the top cruise line we have been on for food quality and choice. There is always some place on the ship to find food at most any hour. Free ice cream every afternoon until 5 PM. Spacious! Very, very comfortable bed, Comfy couch. Loads of closet space. Large desk and plenty of storage drawers. The bath was a bit tired looking and could use better storage or shelf space but the tub was great and everything functioned well. Always something to do, but not silly childish activities. Loved the daily trivia and the culinary classes. Movies could have been run at a more convenient time, but seldom had time to watch a full 2 hr. movie. Good dance classes and interesting lectures. Fun parties! Loads of choices for shore excursions. The St. Kitts Sugar Train ride was delightful fun! St. Lucia had wonderful day long tours that offered lunch and a big variety of sights. The tour at Morne Coubaril Estate near Sourfriere, St. Lucia was fascinating and very informative. It was 2 weeks of being pampered and feed like a king. The service was top shelf in every department. There was a wonderful choice of entertainment and the entire 2 weeks was a touch of luxury! One of the most enjoyable asspects of the cruise is that while you could always get a drink quickly and easily, you were never bombarded with pushy waiter like so many cruise ships.

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