CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Maasdam by Ivan Eastern Canada August 18, 2007

After a dozen cruises on several different lines, my wife and I took our first HAL cruise.

Simply put, it was fantastic. From the minute we stepped on board and the room steward knew our names, to the staff carrying trays at the poolside display, to the wine steward at dinner who knew everyone's favorite drink, the service was extrodanaire!

The food, in both the buffet and the main dining room was top notch. Ice cream (several flavors), no sugar desserts, and a variety of fresh burgers were available all afternoon.

I won't repeat each port's excursion, but I would note there was a very nice variety ranging from sea kayaking to individualized tours of the Fortress of Louisberg. In spite of HAL's demographics, the cruise should actually appeal to parents (or grandparents) of children between 8 and 16 who would enjoy something other than a caribbean beach.

One final first for us: This is the first cruise that so impressed us that we've already reserved next summer's vacation!

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