Named after Maas River in the Netherlands, ms Maasdam is designed to provide maximum space and comfort while carrying fewer guests. With a range of dining options and a private veranda in each suite, ms Maasdam is an ideal way to see the world.
Relax around Lido Pool, unwind in a hot tub, enjoy a drink from the terrace bar, and indulge in a massage. You can get expert advice about how to create and edit your holiday photos to make a scrapbook at Digital Workshop, or enjoy some aerobics, shopping and tennis as you sail. With meals including Alaskan salmon, garlic shrimp ravioli and fine wines to enjoy on board; dining on ms Maasdam is a great experience. In the evening, enjoy live shows or head to the stylish casino — kids even have club activities to keep them entertained!
With stunning interiors, spacious staterooms and dedicated services, ms Maasdam offers a memorable cruising experience.
Dining is a remarkable experience on ms Maasdam. The elegant Rotterdam Dining Room serves classic and international dishes. Pinnacle Grill features boutique wines and delicious cuisines inspired by the Pacific coast of North America — including king salmon from Alaska and beef from the state of Washington. Visit
Canaletto Restaurant for fine Italian meals featuring braised chicken, classic pasta and garlic shrimp ravioli! Lido Restaurant is your more casual dining venue, or why not make the most of the ship's 24-hour, in-room dining?
The food scene on ms Nieuw Amsterdam is first-rate. The ship's 'As You Wish' dining programme lets you enjoy meals at a time that suits you. Enjoy fine dining at Pinnacle Grill and Master Chef's Room, or head to Le Cirque for succulent steaks cooked as you like. There's also Tamarind, Lido Restaurant and Manhattan Dining Room, as well as Canaletto which serves delicious Italian cuisine. For a casual snack, you have Slice pizzeria or you can relax in your stateroom and make the most of the ship's 24-hour private dining service.
There's a selection of excellent drinking venues on ms Maasdam. Head to the wine-tasting bar to sample a range of fine wines or enjoy beers, cocktails and spirits at Ocean Bar. Mix is the place to go for champagne, martinis, ales, and spirits as you cruise between ports, while the pool bar is ideal for sipping cold drinks in the sun.
Days on board are filled with things to do on ms Maasdam. Relax at Lido Pool or unwind in one of the hot tubs while enjoying a drink. You can head to The Greenhouse Spa & Salon or Thermal Suite for a range of treatments and massages or go to Observation Deck for stunning views. Visit Explorations Cafe where you find coffee, puzzle tables, Internet stations, and guest lecturers giving insights regarding your itinerary's ports of call. Head to Digital Workshop where you learn how to take the best photos, make films, edit pictures, and create scrapbooks by technology experts! There's also an art gallery, shopping arcade, fitness centre, aerobics area, and beauty salon, or you can play a game of tennis and basketball. Children from ages 3-17 can also join in fun activities at Club HAL for 3-17.
Day 1: UK to San Francisco (California), USA
Fly from your chosen UK airport to San Francisco. Upon arrival take a coach transfer to the port to board ms Maasdam and set sail for Alaska.
Day 4: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan can be described as the first city of Alaska. Situated in the most southern part of the state and surrounded by deep fjords and lush forests, this small fishing town is a popular stop with cruise lines. Take a walk down the waterfront and admire the awe-inspiring views. Enjoy a tour to the 40-acre Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary to view bald eagles and black bears. Visit the totem poles at Totem Bight State Park and Potlatch Totem Park or journey to the glacier-carved wilderness at the Misty Fiords National Monument. You can also ride an off-road vehicle and try zip lining, kayaking and hiking.
Day 5: Sitka, Alaska
Sitka is an Alaskan city and borough close to the state capital of Juneau; it's located on Baranof Island and was once the capital of Russian America. The main attraction here is Sitka National Historical Park which was established in 1804 and since then has preserved the culture of the local Tlingit people and Russian and American settlers. The park houses a collection of rare artefacts including the preserved remains of the Tlingit fort and a Russian house. A visit to the Sitka Cultural Centre with allow insight into the history of the region and a vast display of movie presentations, walking trails lined with totem poles and art work enhances this experience. If you're a thrill seeker, explore the pristine bays by kayak or hike through one of the many forest trails.
Day 6: Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier is the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America. Spanning 76 miles and 1,200 feet in depth in pristine Disenchantment Bay, the glacier dwarfs the cruise ships that pass it and regularly calves mini glaciers the size of ten-storey buildings! The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife — from whales, otters and harbour seals in the water to moose, brown bears, and black-tailed deer on the shoreline.
Day 7: Valdez, Alaska
Valdez is located at the head of Port Valdez deep-water fjord on the eastern side of Prince William Sound in Alaska. This former Gold Rush town famously experienced a powerful earthquake and tsunamis in 1964 which devastated the area; commemorated at the town's Earthquake Memorial. Step back in time at Valdez Museum or explore Alaska native culture and wildlife at Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum. Follow the Mineral Creek Trial from the downtown area to see mining ruins in the mountains or travel along Shoup Bay Trail past Port Valdez to catch sight of glaciers. Daredevil enthusiasts can go white-water rafting on the Lowe River through Keystone Canyon in the summer and try heli-skiing and ice climbing in the winter. Take a fishing trip in the Small Boat Harbor or book a boat tour to admire Meares Glacier and Columbia Glacier.
Day 9: Homer, Alaska
Homer sits 218 miles southwest of Anchorage in Alaska and offers stunning panoramas of the Kenai Mountains and the famous Homer Spit that stretches into Kachemak Bay. Head to Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park; home to 350,000 acres of glaciers, mountains, protected coves, and an extensive walking trail system. Fish for salmon with a rented rod and reel at the Fishing Hole at Homer Spit lagoon or take a boat trip to catch a halibut or two. The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center gives you up-close views of the resident seabird colony or embark on a flight-seeing trip to witness feeding bears along the coastline. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at Bear Creek Winery, take a naturalist-led hike through the flora and fauna at Karl E Wynn Nature Center, or discover local art and Alaska native artefacts at Pratt Museum.
Day 10: Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak is one of Alaska’s major fishing hubs and is often referred to as the ‘emerald isle’ due to its crystal blue waters. It encompasses the city centre and a handful of villages, as well as a base for the US Coast Guard. Take a stroll around Fort Abercrombie State Park; the beautiful landscape offers scenic views of rolling hills and crystal blue water. Visit the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and gaze in awe at the hanging whale skeleton on display or experience Kodiak’s wildlife up close with Kodiak Island Van Tours.
Day 12: Haines, Alaska
The port of Haines in Alaska offers a wealth of history, culture, breathtaking scenery, and activities. Discover the area's fascinating heritage as you browse the exhibits at Haines Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center and Hammer Museum. Experience the thrill of kayaking on the Chilkoot Lake or try rafting on the Chilkat River. In the winter months, keep your eyes peeled for the 3,500 Bald Eagles that migrate to the area and learn more about these endangered birds of prey at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Discover the culture, tradition, and dance of the Chilkat Tlingit people on a tour of Klukwan village. You can also pan for gold at Real Alaskan Gold Panning Experience or explore all things Alaskan salmon-related at Haines Packing Co.
Day 13: Juneau, Alaska
Juneau is the state capital of Alaska, and it is not hard for guests to see why people would want to settle here. Juneau is one of the natural beauty hotspots of the world. Take a trip to Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring in the area, and yet accessible in the area. Being over half a mile wide and 2000 feet deep, this is a sight you will surely not want to miss.
Day 15: Wrangell, Alaska
Surrounded by mountains, islands, and rainforest; Wrangell is a naturally beautiful place waiting to be explored. See bears in their natural habitat at Anan Creek Bear Observatory or at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Get a historical overview of Wrangell at the Wrangell Museum. Admire the majestic glaciers with a LeConte Glacier Tour or go guided fishing. Cruise the 60-mile-long pristine Stikine River extending from British Columbia to Wrangell. Finish your visit by taking a hike and surrounding yourself with beautiful scenery and nature at Mount Dewey Trail.
Day 17: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Vancouver unites a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a backdrop of wilderness adventure. This Canadian city is home to an eclectic selection of neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Punjabi Market, Gastown, and Yaletown. Walk to Stanley Park for Canada’s largest aquarium and the scenic seawall leading to English Bay Beach, or enjoy some culture at Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery and Orpheum Theatre. Make sure you visit iconic Canada Place — where you can ride the FlyOver Canada simulator and see the country from coast to coast! You can take a thrilling walk across Capilano Suspension Bridge - which hovers 230 feet above Capilano River — and hop on a ferry to Granville Island to find craft shops, a public market, and Canada's first microbrewery.
Day 18: Victoria, B.C., Canada
Also known as the 'The Garden City' of Canada, Victoria sits on the southern end of Vancouver Island. The area is a hotspot for whales which can often be seen from the harbour or take a boat trip for a close up view. The city's British Colonial past comes to life in its Victorian buildings, including the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion. Admire the 55 acres of colourful floral displays and water features at Butchart Gardens and view the butterflies at Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Step back in time at Royal British Columbia Museum or observe worldwide destinations in miniature form at Miniature World.
Day 19: Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Port Alberni is located at the head of the Alberni inlet on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Stroll along Victoria Quay; where two towering Welcome Figures greet you at the entrance to the Welcome Center which is home to a First Nations Whaling Monument. You may also catch sight of black bears across the river in the Somass Estuary. On Harbour Quay, you'll find a collection of shops, galleries, and a clock tower affording panoramic views of Alberni Inlet. Ride Alberni Pacific Steam Train to the historic McLean Steam Sawmill, experience the rich maritime history at Maritime Discovery Center, or discover Port Alberni heritage at Alberni Valley Museum. Head out of town and hike through the lush forest and river rapids at Stamps Falls Provincial Park or have a go at water sports at Sproat Lake.
Day 20: Astoria (Oregon), USA
The port city of Astoria sits at the mouth of the Columbia River in the US state of Oregon. Astoria is the perfect gateway to the majestic scenery of the mighty Rocky Mountains. Admire the unique hand-painted spiral frieze on the Astoria Column and the steel cantilever Astoria-Megler Bridge that connects Oregon to Washington. Take a ride on the heritage Astoria Riverfront Trolley alongside the Columbia River. Explore the area's seafaring history at Columbia River Maritime Museum and movie-making heritage at Oregon Film Museum. Pay a visit to the Queen Ann-style Flavel House Museum with its period furniture and manicured gardens. Visit Fort Clatsop at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park or the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale sailing vessel at Fort Stevens State Park. No visit to Oregon would be complete without sampling the locally-brewed craft beer or tucking into fresh seafood or clam chowder at a riverside eatery.
Day 22: San Francisco (California), USA to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end, disembark the ship and be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.