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Holland America Line Maasdam by Keith Bennett Eastern Caribbean April 7, 2002

visited with my younger son and his wife in boca raton and thats always a great way to start a vacation

the drive to ft. laud was in the rain as was the remainder of the day. got to the terminal a bit early so we had to sit around a little longer then necessary. a good opportunity to meet fellow cruisers.

we were in an a mini so we got early board.

went to our cabin, dropped off our carry on and off to the lido for lunch

back at the cabin our luggage was waiting so we unpacked and waited for the lifeboat drill. went off without a hitch like all other drills.

the food, service, staff in general is what we have come to expect from hal (our 4th cruise) so we were not dissapointed. the staff and crew consistanty exceed our exections.

first stop was the bahamas - we booked the dolphin encounter. had to walk from the ship abut 3/4 mile to where the boat picked us up. some transportation would have been nice.

the enoucounter is awesome. the downside is that you only spend about 2 min. per person hands on with the dolphin. and thats with 4 separate encounters. would not do it again, under those circumstances the amount of money spent does not = the time you have with the dolphin

next stop was san juan-- talked into a tour ride for 15.00 per person and it was not worth it. we were taken to a hotel to see their lobby and we were there for about 30 min-- would not do this again and advise against anyone taking this tour.

there is a free trolly car ride that will take you to old san juan and morro castle. you can get on and off at each stop.

next was st thomas. we took the atlantis submarine tour and this was great. about a 50 passenger sub--goes doe=wn about 90 feet and you get up close with the various species of fish and you also get to see some great coral formations-- this is imho a must do tour.

half moon cay- good buffet lunch- my bw had 3 braids put in her hair and then decided to go parasailing-- she loved it -- was up about 7 minutes. she wanted to go faster higher and to be up longer. she is, by the way the youngest 63 yr old you will ever see.

she won 330.00 at bingo and i lost xxx.xx at the casino

smooth seas, weather could have been less cloudy. weather broke when we went ashore.

had the greatest dinner mates and this is what help makes a great cruise. we were all anxious to meet every nite and share the events of the day. or maybe it was just the wonderful food. lol

since according to hal there is always room for improvement and thats why their evaluation forms only go as high a 9. i have no problem giving this cruise a 9.

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