Montreal to Boston Cruise

July 9, 2014
Bar Habor Maine

The Maasdam of the Holland America Line is one of the few cruise ships to dock in Montreal because the majority of ships cannot pass under the Jacques Cartier Bridge. With a capacity of 1,258 passengers, this classic style boat was renovated in 2011. From the end of May until August, you can pick either Montreal or Boston for a 7 days cruise or return within 14 days. If you go to Montreal, it is very easy to go back to Boston with a rental car or by bus. The Maasdam is best known for its exemplary service and gourmet restaurants. Whether it is for lunch, an afternoon tea or dinner, the Rotterdam dining room will meet your expectations. For a more intimate evening, the Pinnacle Grill offers a very reasonably priced steakhouse style menu except on the Cirque theme night ($49 per person), where the menu is inspired by the chef Sirio Maccioni famous restaurant. The Lido buffet on the deck 11 is perfect for lunch or take a ice cream cone. The Maasdam is also equipped with a gym overlooking the sea, a spa, two pools, a library, shops, a theater offering a variety of entertainment every night, cooking classes and more.

First day, Quebec

The most beautiful city to visit, always impressive to see the Chateau Frontenac from the shore.

Second day: at sea

We took the opportunity to relax by the pool, walk on deck 6 which surrounded the boat and take a drink at the bar on deck 12.

Third day: Charlottetown

Very nice city to visit, we arrived on July 1st on Canada Day, electrifying atmosphere!

Fourth day: Sydney

Very small area to visit, it is better to take excursions or stay on the ship …

Sydney N-E

Fifth day: Halifax

The citadel, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, public gardens, the promenade along the harbor, one day is not enough to see everything!


Sixth day: Bar Harbor

We arrived on July 4th in an enchanting little village, between the sea and mountains. We visited shops on the main street and explored the Path along the rocky shore. As a tropical storm approaches, we must leave at noon, we promise to return.

Seventh day: Boston

We avoided the storm and slowly arriving to Boston, we take our last lunch at the Rotterdam dining room and leaves the Maasdam …


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  • Reply Mike Wednesday August 13th, 2014 at 03:33 PM

    Hi, it is very nice to find your article about the cruise of The Maasdam because my family and I are going to do it from Boston to Montreal this September! Since we booked an one-way cruise, we rent a car in Montreal for driving back to Boston. The fee we quoted via Hotwire was about $400 for ten days and seemed a good deal. But many people said one-way rental should be much more expensive. So I would like to know if you had any experience of one-way rental car with your cruise in July. Thank you very much.

  • Reply Lillipop Thursday August 14th, 2014 at 06:21 PM

    Hi Mike!
    I paid around 150 usd for a one day, one-way rental Boston-Montreal with Avis, maybe check with them!
    Have a good cruise!!

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