Last Updated: 29-MAR-2006

11 day Caribbean cruise on the Maasdam with Holland America

This was a 11 day Caribbean cruise with Holland America departing from Norfolk, Virginia on 14-March.

We booked this cruise with Cruise Value Center on the web in January and for the two of us we paid under $2,000.

We decided to drive down and left at 5:30 am and we got into Norfolk around 10:30 AM, after killing time at Wal-Mart.

We paid $110 to park at the cruise parking lot.  We later learned you can stay at Best Western for $69 a night and they allowed 
you to leave your vechicle on their lot for the duration of your cruise for free.  They also take you to/from the cruise ship.

We got on the ship at noon or so.  No problems and the process was quick (less than 20 min).  We brought 2 bottles of wine with 
us and when it went through the X-ray machine with no questions.  Looking back I would have brought more
on.  This was our 5th cruise and we make it a point NOT to purchase anything on the ship except for shore
excursions.  I will not be ripped off in paying 5 times the cost for a drink !!

Another plus of arriving at noon is that we had lunch on the ship.

All photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5400 5.1meg pixl camera. All video was taken with a Sony DCR-HC32 Handycam and converted with Microsoft Movie Maker software


  • Norfolk and the first few days on the ship
  • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
  • St. Thomas, US V.I.
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • Barbados
  • St. Kitts
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico and the way back to Norfolk


    Mar 14  TUE  Depart Norfolk, Virginia     Depart  5:00 pm
    Mar 15  WED  At sea
    Mar 16  THU  Half Moon Cay, Bahamas       Arrive 11:00 am - Depart 6:00 pm
    Mar 17  FRI  At sea
    Mar 18  SAT  St. Thomas, US V.I.          Arrive 10:00 am - Depart 6:00 pm
    Mar 19  SUN  Roseau, Dominica             Arrive  9:30 am - Depart 6:00 pm
    Mar 20  MON  Bridgetown, Barbados         Arrive  7:00 am - Depart 5:00 pm
    Mar 21  TUE  Basseterre, St. Kitts        Arrive 10:00 am - Depart 6:00 pm
    Mar 22  WED  San Juan, Puerto Rico        Arrive  7:00 am - depart 1:00 pm
    Mar 23  THU  at sea
    Mar 24  FRI  at sea
    Mar 25  SAT  Arrive Norfolk, Virginia     Arrive  6:00 am

    Cruise Log

    Total mileage on this voyage Ports Mileage Ave. Speed Norfolk to Half Moon Cay 767 nm 19.66 Knots Half Moon Cay to St. Thomas 731 nm 19.49 Knots St. Thomas to Dominica 257 nm 18.36 Knots Dominica to Barbados 172 nm 14.90 Knots Barbados to St. Kitts 315 nm 18.00 Knots St. Kitts to San Juan 216 nm 18.80 Knots San Juan to Norfolk 1,266 nm 19.35 Knots TOTAL 3,684 nm 3,684 nm = 4,239.4 land miles = 6,822.7 Kilometers

    Ship Facts

    Maiden Voyage: 1994 Cruise capacity: 1,266 guests Crew Size: 557 Passenger Decks: 11 Gross Tonnage: 35,451 tons Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Max. Speed 22 Knots

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