Posted December 5th, 2016, 09:56 PM
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.
Previous Cruising Adventures:
HAL Veendam 7-day Bermuda graduation cruise May 2017
HAL Maasdam 14-day Alaska Great Land Explorer June 2016
Italian Line Guglielmo Marconi 10-day Caribbean 1979