Maasdam Final Cruise?

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#21
Montana
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Originally posted by Copper10-8
Oosterdam had an emergency Azipod repair there once
We were on that sailing Copper! It actually turned into an interesting cruise! We crawled along the Mexico coast back to San Diego and got to overnight on our last night in San Diego. Everyone had the choice to stay on board and visit San Diego as a "port", getting on and off (off boarding the next morning) or get off and head home if that be their choice. Loved "porting" in San Diego and would always recommend it as a great overnight port option for HAL on their longer cruises.
#22
DC area
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Originally posted by Cruise4food
The Plan A Cruise section of HAL website now includes dates well into 2018. The last sailing listed for Maasdam is in April 2018 from San Diego to Boston.
I am currently booked on the 22 April 2018 San Diego--->Boston Panama Canal Cruise. As far as I know, that's Maasdam's last listed cruise *currently* but there isn't too much else posted into May 2018 yet either.

I was on Maasdam earlier this year, and as someone else on this thread mentioned, Capt. Smit said at the Mariner Luncheon not to believe the rumors about Maadam's relegation to the dustbin or whatever. He said she has *at least* two more years left with HAL.

And even if our cruise ends up being her last or near last with HAL, I highly doubt they'll let her waste away. Doesn't benefit HAL in any way to do so. And again, as others have mentioned, people who sailed on both Ryndam and Statendam before they went to P&O thought those ships were in good condition at the end. I'm just not gonna worry about it.
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#23
Florida
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Just got off a 80 day on her, here is what I saw being done, Replacing carpets on all stairs. And halls all ways maintenance beings done.

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#24
Connecticut
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Originally posted by Jemima
San Diego would be an extremely unlikely port for the end of the "last cruise". So would any other US port.
For any particular reason?

Because she is most likely being sold rather than being scrapped, HAL would have ample incentive to keep up maintenance. Crew morale might be a factor, however.
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#25
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I am hoping she makes one more TP cruise to Australia in the fall of 2018.
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#26
Durango, Colorado
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I wish I had a dollar for every cruise I have done and heard "....she has been sold.... new owners are on board to finalize details". I could do a lot more cruising. I will wait until HAL announces her sale - I sometimes think staff on board like to start rumors... and of course, one day they will be true.

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#27
Connecticut
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Originally posted by boze9999
We were on that sailing Copper! It actually turned into an interesting cruise! We crawled along the Mexico coast back to San Diego and got to overnight on our last night in San Diego. Everyone had the choice to stay on board and visit San Diego as a "port", getting on and off (off boarding the next morning) or get off and head home if that be their choice. Loved "porting" in San Diego and would always recommend it as a great overnight port option for HAL on their longer cruises.
Was that the October (I think) 2006 Mexican coast itinerary? I think we skipped Puerto Vallarta stop and returned a day early to San Diego--- I loved it - they gave me 25% off my next sailing plus a several hundred dollar credit --- which enabled me to sail on Noordam from New York to the Caribbean the following January.
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#28
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Originally posted by navybankerteacher
Was that the October (I think) 2006 Mexican coast itinerary? I think we skipped Puerto Vallarta stop and returned a day early to San Diego--- I loved it - they gave me 25% off my next sailing plus a several hundred dollar credit --- which enabled me to sail on Noordam from New York to the Caribbean the following January.
It was indeed - the Oosterdam. Guests and crew alike were educated on that impaired sailing. And yes, HAL compensated everyone appropriately, and ten years later we have many, many HAL cruises as a result!
#29
Burien
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We were in the Maasdam for the recent 52 day Australia circumnavigation and I concur with the previous posters that she's in top shape. Based on our experience on the last sailing of the Statendam, I would project she'll be in fine shape! We liked her so much we are wait listed to sail back to San Diego on her.


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#30
CA
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Joined Nov 2010
Not sure about what the future holds for the Maasdam but despite all the rumors of a sale we went ahead and booked the 2 week cruise sailing from Lima, Peru back to San Diego in March. We are also looking into the special Explore cruises set for October 2018 on the Maasdam cruising French Polynesia. We have never been on this ship and hope that it is in good condition. I would like to hear back from anyone who has recent experience on this ship as to your thoughts or if you heard any news about its future.
#31
Encinitas, California
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Will be on her from our hometown San Diego 2/25/2018 doing the 28 day. Will be picking you up in Lima. This is an old thread and she is doing cruises into 2019!
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#32
Florida
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She has cruises into 2019 doing the EXC program.
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#33
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We find this thread fascinating. HAL is still (as of 2 weeks ago) taking bookings for the Maasdam for cruises well into 2019. In fact, we have a Maasdam booking for March of 2019....and there are plenty of scheduled cruises after this date. As of now she will be the primary ship for HAL's now EXC cruise program. Of course, with HAL...anything can happen. But there are much stronger rumors (supported by some within the company) that the Prinsendam will be history...sometime in the next two years. In fact, folks may have noticed that there is still no Grand Med Voyage for the spring of 2019....which has been a long time Prinsendam voyage. We would be surprised if HAL sold two ships (Prinsendam and Maasdam) in such a short period of time. One pretty knowledgeable HAL recently told us that there has been some strong rumors that HAL intends to use the Maasdam to replace many of the type cruises that have been done by the Prinsendam. Guess we shall have to wait and see. Meanwhile up in Seattle, we suspect that somebody sticks their finger out a window to see which way the wind is blowing....and that is how they make their decisions for that particular day. But if the wind direction changes the next day? .....

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#34
Encinitas, California
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Prinsendam is doing TA from FLL to Rome I believe 3/2019. We are wanting a TA cruise in April 2019 since we will be doing 4/3/2019 San Diego-FLL wanting to take anTA after that cruise to The Med. I stumbled upon it and was surprised to see her doing FLL stoping in ports of Spain onto Rome as an30 day cruise.
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#35
Centerville, Ohio, USA
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Interesting and encouraging news about the Maasdam, Hlitner, as a possible replacement for when the Prinsendam II ends her career.
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#36
CA
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Originally posted by DeeniEncinitas
Will be on her from our hometown San Diego 2/25/2018 doing the 28 day. Will be picking you up in Lima. This is an old thread and she is doing cruises into 2019!
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Denise I knew it was an old post but just wanted reassurance I guess. Looking forward to joining you on the second leg of the upcoming cruise. My sister also lives in Leucadia /Encinitas and have spent lots of time over the years visiting her.


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#37
Encinitas, California
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What a small world hun?
So enjoy your cruise too!!!!
Your sister has a little piece of paradise.
Had a nice sunset last night over the water.
Will see many on our cruise too!
Take care.
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#38
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Joined Sep 2013
We loved our trip on the Maasdam this year and are planning on booking another in 2019. I too heard that it will probably continue in the fleet and do more specialty cruises in the future. Has fast become one of our favorite HAL ships.


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#39
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Originally posted by Copper10-8
Here you go S7S :

Maasdam 5/20/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 5/21/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 5/22/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 5/23/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 5/24/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 5/25/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 5/26/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 5/26/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 5/27/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 5/27/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 5/28/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 5/29/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 5/30/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 5/31/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/1/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/2/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 6/3/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 6/4/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 6/5/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/6/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/7/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 6/8/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 6/9/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 6/9/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 6/10/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 6/10/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 6/11/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 6/12/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 6/13/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 6/14/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/15/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/16/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 6/17/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 6/18/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 6/19/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/20/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/21/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 6/22/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 6/23/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 6/23/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 6/24/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 6/24/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 6/25/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 6/26/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 6/27/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 6/28/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/29/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 6/30/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 7/1/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 7/2/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 7/3/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/4/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/5/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 7/6/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 7/7/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 7/7/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 7/8/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 7/8/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 7/9/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 7/10/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 7/11/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 7/12/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/13/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/14/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 7/15/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 7/16/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 7/17/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/18/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/19/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 7/20/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 7/21/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 7/21/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 7/22/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 7/22/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 7/23/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 7/24/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 7/25/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 7/26/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/27/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 7/28/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 7/29/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 7/30/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 7/31/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/1/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/2/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 8/3/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 8/4/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 8/4/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 8/5/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 8/5/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River

Maasdam 8/6/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 8/7/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 8/8/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 8/9/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/10/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/11/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 8/12/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 8/13/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 8/14/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/15/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/16/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 8/17/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 8/18/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 8/18/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 8/19/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 8/19/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 8/20/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 8/21/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 8/22/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 8/23/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/24/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/25/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 8/26/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA
Maasdam 8/27/2017 Sun Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 8/28/2017 Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/29/2017 Tue Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 8/30/2017 Wed Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 8/31/2017 Thu Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 9/1/2017 Fri Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 9/1/2017 Fri Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 9/2/2017 Sat MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Maasdam 9/2/2017 Sat Scenic cruising Saint Lawrence River
Maasdam 9/3/2017 Sun Quebec, Quebec
Maasdam 9/4/2017 Mon Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Maasdam 9/5/2017 Tue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Maasdam 9/6/2017 Wed Sydney, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 9/7/2017 Thu Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maasdam 9/8/2017 Fri Bar Harbor, ME
Maasdam 9/9/2017 Sat BOSTON, MA



Ahh, Yes, I have done that (those) interaries, b-to-b soooo, many times and loved each and every. DH and I relished each gtgime we boarded the extra special Maasdam especially in Boston and debarked there. That is an amazing itinerary even for someone (me) who has lived in Boston all my life.

Thank you for listing all the dates.

Copper, Is Veendam the only ship doing Canada/ NE next suumer? What about Bermuda? will she alternate each week? No, No, No, she can't as Veendam is supposed to go to C uba a few cruises summer 2018.
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Burien
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We've booked a 2019 cruise on the Maasdam and may book another for 2018.


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