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Jim Thornton

Age: 78

Occupation:Reitred

Number of Cruises: 25

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Maasdam

Sailing Date: 2012-04-27

Itinerary: USA to Canada

SHIP - The Maasdam is one of the mid sized ships of HAL, which has 10 decks with two groups of four inside elevators, located near the bow and the stern of the ship. The ship has 972 cabins for 1,258 passengers and a very friendly crew of 580.

CHECK-IN - Each time you board the ship during the cruise, your cabin card is scanned and your photograph is displayed to the ship's security personnel. And when returning to the ship in Canada, you needed to carry a second form of ID with your photograph (like your driver's license). Also, every time you re-board the ship, all carry-on items (purses, bags, etc.) will be scanned.


DINING ROOMS The main one is the Rotterdam (decks 7 and 8), and the others are the Pinnacle Grill (deck 8), and Lido (deck 11). In the Rotterdam dining room, at our assigned table for eight, the overall and service food was good. The Pinnacle Grill is only available by making a reservation. Service was very good and the food was better than the main dinning room. And we enjoyed the Lido for breakfast and lunch to avoid the large lines waiting to enter the Rotterdam; plus the Lido served breakfast earlier than the Rotterdam. In addition, there were three formal nights during the cruise.

BARS - There is about four or more bars and we always enjoy the Crow’s Nest, especially when leaving a port before dinner, as it overlooks the ship’s bow and the direction in which the ship is sailing.

CABIN - Our cabin was a verandah suite (Category B) on the Verandah Deck; deck nine, mid-ship, and had comfortable king-size bed with six pillows with room to place our suitcases under the bed. There were two nightstands, a safe, two bathrobes, one chair, one large desk with extra drawers, four closets, and a bathroom with a toilet, bath and shower, and single sink. HAL previously provided a special luggage tags containing our cabin number and our luggage arrived in our cabins before we did on the first day aboard the ship.

VERANDAH - The verandah (6 x 8 feet) had one chair and one long chair for resting the entire body. Plus, the end of the cabin towards the verandah was two large glass windows and a large glass door, which was nice.

IN-CABIN TV - A color TV with about 18 channels including CNN and Fox news, several movie channels, and views of the ship’s bow.





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