Inspection Cruise... Day #2: Leaving Boston... Exploring the Maasdam... pulling into Bar Harbor, Maine
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Day #2: Leaving Boston... Exploring the MS Maasdam... Pulling Into Bar Harbor, Maine
- Well....I can't say enough about the great time we had in Boston. We walked The Freedom Trail...saw the graves of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock...visited The Commons....The Old North Church...The Meeting House.....etc. It was also fun to tip our hats i homage to the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. And, oh yeah, did I mention - - I think we ate our weight in Seafood!!!
We are already making plans to spend more time in Boston at the conclusion of our 2012 cruise. It's a fabulous city - rich with history, live theater, great food and so much else to do. While not as "exotic" in name as a stop at a remote Alaskan village or Caribbean Island - - - Boston really is one of my favorite destinations we have visited on a MWS cruise.
We squeezed every minute out of Boston before being one of the last families to board the MS Maasdam to set sail. In typical Holland America fashion we were greeted with warm smiles and felt like they had been planning this trip - just for us!
We LOVE the ship. This may be my favorite Holland America ship I have been on. The Maasdam recently underwent a multi-million dollar restoration - and it shows! It really is a beautiful, tasteful, luxury ship.
We took over 2000 people on our last cruise - and the Maasdam only holds about 1500. So I was concerned that the ship might feel "small". That is not the case at all. The ship has every amenity we are used to - and more. And many of the public spaces are much larger and better layed-out than on our previous ships. The library/game-room has quickly become our favorite meeting-place/hang-out. The lounges are more open in design and don't feel so cramped.
The two rooms that do feel smaller are the dining room....and the concert venue. Smaller is actually the wrong word - - - they feel more intimate. And, in both cases, will work in our favor for the MWS Cruise. The dining room is absolutely beautiful and has more of a "community" feel because you can see everyone else in the dining room. I really liked it.
And....the really good news....No More Waiting In Line For A Great Seat For The Concerts!!! It's likely - even in the furthest seat in the room - you'll never be closer to the stage than in this concert venue! The room is wide - allowing a lot of seats up close to the stage. It's going to be PERFECT for the concerts each night.
I'm sitting on my balcony typing this as we are pulling into our first stop - Bar Harbor, Maine. It is very much the same feel as some of the Alaskan stops....small, beautiful islands, and fishing boats dot the water as we approach the pier. Even before pulling into port - i'm really enjoying this stop!
Sorry for such a l-o-n-g blog but, as you can tell, we're a bit excited about this cruise. Can't wait to do this trip with you, our friends!!!!
More later.....God Bless.....
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|Keep Having a Great Time!! - 2011-06-28|
|We definitely will be cruising for the seond time. Sound like it's going to be another MWS & Friends memorable experience!|
|by Ricardo & Mary Guillen|
|Boston tips - 2011-06-28|
|When I was ther in the 1990s, you could see most of the tourist spots by riding the T (Boston's train/subway system). Also, if planning to stay in Boston, plan a trip to Nantucket Island and Hyannis Port--this can be done as a day trip.|
|by Par Tobiason|
|Thanks for Blog - 2011-06-28|
|Thank you, Chaz, for sending these blogs along the way. The information will be really helpful to learn more about the ship and as we plan our shore excursions. One question, will there be more than one show each night? Or will we all (1500) fit in the concert venue at once? (I don't want the performers to get too tired!) Thanks again!|
|by Carolyn Sheild|
|need volunteers? - 2011-06-26|
|We can not afford to come...but we would love to help behind the scene setting up and whatever jobs you may need done. Let me know if we could help out....|
|by Janis and West Pierce|
|Wow sure sounds like fun.. - 2011-06-26|
|If I have a miracle.. I'll be there.. Would love to be there.. knowing how wonderful these trips are.. the first Alaskan Cruise a trip of a life time.. which may be the case.. I'm going to try to save money to be there.. Hopefully I can make that happen.|
|by Melinda Fidler|