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Maasdam Review

2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Service
2018 Best for Embarkation
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Maasdam
4.0 / 5.0
594 reviews

Pros
Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries
Cons
Shows signs of age in some areas
Bottom Line
Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

About

Passengers
1,258

Crew
580

Passenger to Crew
2.17:1

Launched
1994/2011

Shore Excursions
0
Sails To
Sails From
Singapore, Vancouver, Sydney, San Diego, Fremantle
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Robert Jenkins
Cruise Critic Contributor

Maasdam Overview

With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a manageable and pleasant ship. After eighteen years in service, it has succeeded in retaining its youth -- with a major sweep of contemporary updates in both 2006 and the spring of 2011 -- but has resisted the impulse to act like a teenager. As such, the 1,258-passenger Maasdam has retained some of the traditional sensibilities that appeal to its older audience base -- high tea, formal nights, ballroom dancing and displays of antiques -- while adding elements to appeal to younger audiences. Such newer features include two contemporary alternative restaurants, wireless hotspots, three new hip specialty bars and an iPod tour of the aforementioned antiques.

Indeed, there are some who say hats off to Maasdam for resisting some of the more radical trends of the behemoth ships (no surfing wave simulators or rock-climbing walls here), while stepping ahead on other fronts. Case in point is the ship's state-of-the-art, New York Times-branded Explorations Cafe, a combination library and digital fun room for the over 50 set (think touch-screen interactive maps, over-sized crossword puzzles).

Its latest refurbishment, in April 2011, was part of HAL's $560 million Signature of Excellence initiative focused on modernizing its oldest ships. Along with new carpets, upholstery and soft goods, Maasdam gained three major features: a dinner-only Italian restaurant, two new kinds of cabins, and the Mix Lounge, a three-in-one bar central with each venue offering a specific type of drink and each flowing into the others. The new additions -- especially the alternative restaurant and bar area -- help up Maasdam's "hip factor" without detracting from any of the ship's classic charm.

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Fellow Passengers

While Holland America is working to move beyond its reputation as a seniors' line, and Maasdam is one of the fleet's designated family friendly vessels, the average age on the cruise line's 15 vessels is about 57. Shorter itineraries and cruises during school holiday periods tend to attract a higher percentage of younger passengers and families. On Maasdam's non-summer and longer sailings, expect a more typical Holland America devotee -- a more senior crowd that appreciates the line's nod toward cruise traditions.


Holland America Maasdam Dress Code

Two nights in seven are designated as formal nights in the dining room. For the majority of men, this translates as dark suits (there are some tuxes), and for women, the range was from the little black dress to larger, longer, more colorful affairs.

Editor's Note: You can order "formal night" options from the ship in advance, or even buy them from the shops. (They're cheaply made "mother of the bride" looks, but they'll do in a pinch.)

Dress codes apply to kids, too. On formal nights, the girls were adorable in their "fancy" dresses; most boys wore, if not suits, than at least shirts with ties. The rest of the evenings are "smart casual," that conundrum of a description that tends to create more questions than answers but in general means slacks or skirts for women and khakis and polo shirts or button-downs for men. Jeans, tank tops and pool attire are discouraged from public areas.


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Maasdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04
Dining3.04
Entertainment3.03.6
Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation3.03.7
Family3.03.2
Enrichment4.03.6
Service4.04.5
Value For Money4.03.8

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Where does Holland America Maasdam sail from?

Holland America Maasdam departs from Singapore, Vancouver, Sydney, San Diego and Fremantle

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Is Holland America Maasdam a good ship to cruise on?

Holland America Maasdam won 20 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation and Best for Service in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2015 Best Overall
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Holland America Maasdam Member Reviews

JanDay
Sail Date: Jun 2019
We’re booked on another Maasdam adventure, coming up soon.... Read More
dfriise48
Sail Date: Feb 2020
My wife and I booked these back to back to back cruises aboard the Maasdam to avoid flying home from an extended trip to SE Asia and Australia.... Read More
lyndarra
Sail Date: Feb 2020
If anyone has read previous Maasdam reviews they will already know that there are no production shows. And we didn't miss them.... Read More
HokiePoq
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The Maasdam is one of Holland America's older ships along with its sister ship the Veendam. I love both of them. The Maasdam is clean and well maintained.... Read More

Holland America Line Fleet

Maasdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

594 reviews

Holland America's stately Maasdam launched in 1994, but has gone through two major refurbishments in 2006 and 2011, adding contemporary features.

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Rotterdam
4.0 / 5.0
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Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is a throwback to earlier cruise ships compared to most megaships built after 1995.

Veendam
4.0 / 5.0
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The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with the strong traditional flavor that HAL's known for.

Volendam
4.0 / 5.0
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The 1,432-passenger Volendam has had a couple of refurbishments since its 1999 debut, one in 2006 and one in 2011, which saw a ship-wide spruce up.

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Amsterdam
4.0 / 5.0
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Built in 2000, Amsterdam is smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes of ships and a recently had Canaletto, a casual Italian eatery, installed.

Prinsendam
4.0 / 5.0
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Prinsendam, Holland America's smallest vessel offers destination-immersive itineraries and superb value for money.

Zuiderdam
4.0 / 5.0
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As cruise lines add a dizzying array of features, Zuiderdam maintains Holland America's satisfying and enjoyable, although not particularly surprising, experience at sea.

Westerdam

Although it's not a new ship, Holland America's Westerdam continues to do what the line does best -- balance the traditional cruising experience with updated, contemporary amenities.

Noordam
3.5 / 5.0
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Holland America Line aims to strike a balance between classic and contemporary, and the intimate, 2,000-passenger Noordam, christened in 2006, manages this well.

Eurodam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional and upscale; emphasizes music and gourmet dining; features Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Onstage, B.B. King's Blues Club; holds about 3,000.

Nieuw Amsterdam
4.5 / 5.0
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Traditional emphasis on gourmet dining, live music and an impressive art collection; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center and B.B. King's Blues Club; holds fewer than 3,000.

Koningsdam
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Upscale; emphasis on music and gourmet dining; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center, Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King's All-Stars Band; holds about 3,500.

Nieuw Statendam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Holland America welcomes a second ship to its Pinnacle Class in 2018. Nieuw Statendam will follow in the footsteps of Koningsdam, the line's largest ship.

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