Maasdam has sadly been retired from service. However, Holland America Line still has a fantastic choice of ships waiting to take you on your dream voyage.
Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Lines' 135 year history to bear the name. Maasdam has been designed with the usual impeccable standards expected of Holland America and the 720ft ship carries less passengers in order to offer maximum space and comfort on board.
The centre piece of this beautiful ship is a Luciano Vistosi sculpture that features 2,000 pieces of glass and enjoys a superb location in the Atrium. There is fabulous art throughout the ship, including abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam dining room.
A fantastic feature onboard Maasdam is the Digital Workshop presented by Windows® where Microsoft-trained 'techsperts' will be on hand to teach everything you need to know about making digital photo albums, creating films and advice on taking great photos.
As you would expect from Holland America Line, Maasdam offers a fantastic selection of dining options. The Rotterdam dining room offers traditional five-course dining, the Pinnacle Grill is perfect for more sophisticated and elegant dining and The Culinary Arts Centre is a superb demonstration kitchen that offers intimate cooking classes and gourmet food presentations
Rotterdam Dining Room
Food & Wine magazine presented Culinary Arts Centre
The entertainment on board Maasdam is to the usual high standards of Holland America Line cruises. You can take in Las Vegas-style shows in the theatre, an evening in the Casino or relax by the pool with a cocktail. With elegant formal evenings to children's clubs, everyone is catered for onboard.
Crows Nest - panoramic views by day, trendy club by night
Rembrandt Show Lounge - showcasing some of the best live shows at sea
Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Centre - live performances are to be expected at these entertainment hubs
Ocean Bar - cocktails, fine wines and refreshing beers can be found at this sophisticated bar
Piano Bar - enjoy your favourite drinks accompanied by tasteful piano music
Dolphin Bar - poolside bar, perfect for an al fresco drink
Even when on holiday, some cruisers like to keep on top of their workout, and Maasdam caters perfectly to this need. With both a gym and sports courts, there are plenty of ways to stay active during your time on the ship.
In addition, at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, guests can choose from a range of treatments, relax in the hydrotherapy pool or let your worries and cares float away in the steam room and aromatic room. There’s even a lifestyle and fitness centre to give you advice and guidance on how to stay fit and healthy in your daily life.
During your time onboard Maasdam, there are plenty of ways to stay occupied. With two pools and several hot tubs on deck, a popular pastime for many guests is simply laying back in the water and letting the world float by. Other facilities include:
Luxury duty-free shopping
Culinary Arts Centre
Explorations Cafe - books, music listening stations, internet, puzzles and more
Explorations speaker series - on subjects such as history, culture and cuisine
First time with Holland America. Liked the smaller ship - only 1200+. We sailed from Boston to Montreal. Lovely scenery ashore. Meals good. Entertainment company average except for the last show which were excellent. To give them fair dues, they were dancing on a small stage. We had a vista suite - about 280 sq ft. We didn't feel that it was big enough to be called a suite, just a superior balcony cabin. I personally found the mattress too hard, but my husband was ok with it. As expected, the staff were very attentive, but service in the dining room was slow on several evenings. We chose he free dining for dinner and it was more interesting meeting different passengers at dinner instead of being at a fixed table. I would Tavel with Holland America again as their ships go to smaller ports. I do not recommend staying on in Montreal. We found the city was a mishmash of fine older buildings dominated by 60s 70s buildings. Looked as if there had been no overall town planning.
Our time on the Maasdam was fantastic. We were amazed that from the first step onboard, the room steward knew our names. And the wine steward at dinner also seems to remember everyone's favourite drink. I found the food wonderful, especially the Lido buffet. I found the services to be friendly and attentive. Also I found the performers in the production shows are truly talented. There are plenty to do for family to participate such as sailing, snorkel and shuffleboard. And our kids loves the variety of fresh burgers tasty, and also there are plenty of flavours ice cream for them to choose from.