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MS Maasdam was launched in 1993 and underwent refurbishing in 2011. This ship is perfect for families with children, with special designated areas for younger kids and teenagers. Additionally, there are plenty of activities and events for adults, including formal and informal evening social events. The 55,575 tonne Maasdam has 10 passenger decks and can carry 1,258 passengers and 580 crew.

Accommodation

MS Maasdam has 632 staterooms in various categories: Interior (182 square feet), Ocean-view (197 square feet), Lanai (Ocean-view cabins with sliding glass doors onto the Lower Promenade Deck), Verandah Suites (292 square feet with private verandah), Neptune Suites (556 square feet) and Pinnacle Suites (1,159 square feet). Six cabins are wheelchair accessible. All rooms have Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses, bathrobes, massage showerheads, salon-quality hair dryers, toiletries by Elemis Aromapure, fresh fruit on request, flat-screen television, DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Food

MS Maasdam’s main restaurant is The Rotterdam Dining Room, which serves breakfast at 7-10am, lunch at 12-2.30pm and dinner at 5.45-6.15pm and 7.45-8.15pm. There is a wide selection of menu options including regionally inspired and vegan dishes. Other restaurants on board are the Pinnacle Grill, Le Cirque (fine dining), Canaletto (Italian) and Lido Restaurant (buffet).

Activities

MS Maasdam has a fitness centre overlooking the sea with free weights, treadmills, bikes and exercise machines. Pilates, yoga and tai chi classes are available at an additional cost. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon offers aromatherapy, steam rooms, saunas, massage rooms and thermal ceramic loungers. The Beauty Salon provides unisex salon services such as hair styling, manicures, pedicures and barber services.

Families

MS Maasdam has a Club HAL program that caters for children in three different age brackets: Kids (3-7 years), Tweens (8-12 years) and Teens (13-17 years). There are numerous activities for all these age groups. Private babysitting can be arranged for an hourly rate. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a special band indicating their lifeboat station.

Verdict

– Cruise Passenger 

“We chose this cruise for the great ports, reasonable price & that it is a Holland America cruise which happens to be our favorite. I’m surprised by all the complaints that have been published by passengers about this cruise. The ports were great, crew was friendly, food was very good, service was excellent, the entertainment was very good, Carlos was an excellent cruise director & even the weather was more than decent. We had more than our share of rain-less, sunny days.” – By JYKN

– Cruise Critic 

“Holland America Line (HAL) constantly fine-tunes its performance, and its regular passengers, almost all North American, find its ships comfortable and well run. HAL continues its strong maritime traditions and keeps its vessels clean and tidy, although the food and service components still let the rest of the cruise experience down.”

– Berlitz

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