Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Worth Waiting For: Aboard Holland America’s MS Maasdam

We’ve all heard of last minute vacations but how does booking a cruise aboard a sold-out ship two hours before departure sound? Turns out a Holland America cruise I took encountered just that.

One couple cancelled two hours before we embarked on a seven-day New England/Canada cruise aboard the MS Maasdam. In a NY-minute another couple booked their last-minute trip and arrived to the pier, suitcases in tow.

Was this just an aberration?

“Last minute bookings like this happen more often than you would imagine,” says Rick Meadows, executive vice president for HAL’s marketing, sales and guest programs and adds, “This one had to be quite the photo finish.”

With the economy not-so-down and the trend of staycations this past summer, cruisers haven’t despaired. In fact, this particular route around since 1995, Rick maintains wins a big popularity contest among the cruising set with some even booking a roundtrip cruise.

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Photo credit: Stephen Smith/mycompass.ca

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