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About Our Destination

Currency
All Canadian ports accept $CAD and all U.S. ports of call accept $USD.
Languages
French and English are the official languages of Canada. However, English is widely used and spoken in all ports of call.
Being Gay in Canada and the U.S.
Same-sex marriage is legal in all ports of call! That’s right; Canada (2005), Maine (2012) and Massachusetts (2004) have all legalized same-sex marriage. And since we are going to Montréal, Boston and Provincetown, three of the most LGBT-friendly places in North America, you should feel right at home being out and free on this vacation!
Climate
The climate in the Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S will range between 64°F-73°F (18°C-23°C) during the day and 45°F-55°F (7°C-°C) at night. May is generally considered the dry season, but it can still rain a bit. It is suggested that you bring a light coat, layers and a rain jacket as the temperature can fluctuate at this time of year.
Destinations
  • Saturday, May 17 – Montréal, Canada – depart 4 pm
  • Sunday, May 18 – Québec, Canada – 7 am to 5 pm
  • Monday, May 19 – Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • Tuesday, May 20 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – 8 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday, May 21 – At Sea
  • Thursday, May 22 – Bar Harbor, Maine – 10 am to 7 pm
  • Friday, May 23 – Provincetown, Massachusetts – 8 am to 12 am
  • Saturday, May 24 – Boston, Massachusetts – arrive 7 am

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board Holland America’s ms Maasdam
  • All meals on board, including room service
  • Coffee, tea, juices during all meals
  • Gratuities to ship’s staff
  • Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Boutique, casino and spa services
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
  • Internet access, phone, fax and other incidentals
  • A wide menu of optional excursions, cabana rentals and specialty restaurants
  • Ship’s photos, bingo and casino activities
  • Airfare
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Medical attention
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Though none are required, please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is available from Travel Guard. For information visit travelguard.com/olivia or call Travel Guard at 1-866-420-0125.
Joining the Olivia.com trip group
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Montréal to Boston Cruise 2014 Official group page on Facebook.

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Montréal, Canada (YUL) which is located approximately 12 miles and 30 minutes from the port terminal and out of Boston, MA (BOS). We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
If you plan to arrive on embarkation day (May 17, 2014), we suggest you arrive in Montréal no later than 12 pm. Return flights from Boston on the day of disembarkation (May 24, 2014) should be booked after 12 pm.
Airfare
We are proud to partner with American Airlines. The AA discount code A1154AA is good for 7% off and applies to flights into Montréal, Canada (YUL) and out of Boston, Massachusetts (BOS). Dates of travel are May 7 – June 3, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can only be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies).
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount code NMGKB is good for 10% off and applies to flights into Montréal, Canada (YUL) and out of Boston, Massachusetts (BOS). Dates of travel are May 7 – June 3, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 328-1111 ($25 booking fee applies), visiting delta.com/booking (no booking fee) or calling your travel agent (if applicable) and mentioning the discount codes.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are happy to partner with Panorama Travel, which provides excellent service and competitive airfares. For a small fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
Getting to / from your ship
You will be able to take a taxi from the Montréal airport to the Montréal port for approximately $35 - $40 dollars.
Montréal Port Information
Iberville Passenger Terminal
Montréal, QC H3C, Canada
Boston Port Information
Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
1 Black Falcon Ave
Boston, MA 02210
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in begins at 11:30 am and will be available until 3:30 pm with all aboard at 4 pm. Please provide your identification and a credit card for onboard purchases.

During your trip

Accommodations
Holland America’s ms Maasdam Ship Amenities
The Holland America’s ms Maasdam is an intimate 1250-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • Rotterdam Dining Room
  • Art Gallery
  • Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Canaletto Restaurant
  • Boutiques
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Casino
  • Terrace Grill
  • Digital Workshop
  • Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times
  • Fitness Center
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Launderette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pools & jacuzzis
  • Reception
  • Showroom at Sea
  • Wine tasting bar
Room Amenities
  • Television with DVD players
  • 24-hour room service
  • Salon-quality hair dryer
  • Vanity with magnifying mirrors
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Massage showerheads
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Individual thermostats
  • Equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet
  • Personal safe
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • International direct dial phones (extra charge)
  • Wireless internet (extra charge)
  • Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning (extra charge)
  • Cell phone service (extra charge)
  • Private bathrooms with massage showerheads
  • Elemis Aromapure “Time to Spa” bath amenities
Dining
Solos Seating
We will have a special solos dining area for those traveling alone.
Seating & Dining Times
You will be assigned a dining time when you book your reservation which will either be first seating or second seating dinner. Restaurant hours will be listed in your daily program.
Rotterdam Dining Room
The Rotterdam Dining Room features five-course menus offering classic preparations, regionally inspired cuisine and vegetarian options.
The Pinnacle Grill
The Pinnacle Grill offers delicious Sterling Silver Beef and fresh seafood options (extra charge).
Canaletto Restaurant
The Canaletto Restaurant serves dinner and features authentic regional Italian cuisine (extra charge).
The Lido Restaurant
The Lido Restaurant is a full-service buffet featuring cuisine from around the world.
The Terrace Grill
The Terrace Grill offers pizza, nachos, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and gourmet sausages.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet.
Excursions
Excursions may be booked up to 30 days in advance. Your booking number and detailed instructions on how to book shore excursions will be emailed to you.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an Internet wireless plan on board.
Laundry, dry cleaning and launderette
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service is available on board. Check on board for pricing. There is also a self-service launderette available.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Sisters at Sea & Friends
Olivia’s Sisters at Sea & Friends program is dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity on our trips. Meet your Sisters at Sea coordinators on board so that you can find out about the special events we have planned for you during the week. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only which include on the starboard (right) side of outside decks and on your verandah.
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Look for the Olivia solos desk in the port terminal on embarkation day. Here you will meet Olivia’s Solos Coordinators who will have your Solos Week At-A-Glance program. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section of the theater so you can enjoy the evening entertainment with other solo travelers.
Spa services
There is a spa on board. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
Return flights from Boston on the day of disembarkation (May 24, 2014) should be booked after 12 pm. For those going directly to the Boston airport, you can take a taxi from the port to the airport for approximately $20 USD. Taxis can be scarce after a cruise, so we recommend purchasing a transfer on board.
Vacation Sretchers
We are offering Pre Vacation Stretchers in Montreal and Post Vacation Stretchers in Boston and Post Cruise Inn Options in Provincetown! Click here for more information.

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