ms Maasdam

ms Maasdam

Ship Facts

The Netherlands
55,575 grt
719 feet
22 knots
December 1993
Actress June Allyson

Latest Post

Oct 2015

Cruise Port Spotlight: Sizzling & Sultry Rio de Janeiro Offers an Array of Sights

Submitted by: HAL Shore Excursions Team


Every year, people from all over the world make their way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Holland America Line cruises that explore South America. But just what is it about this city that people find so intriguing? Is it the diverse landscape of lush, green mountains overlooking white, sandy beaches? Or the unusual juxtaposition of a sleepless city that is never stressed? Perhaps it’s the bright colors and captivating music to be found around every corner? Or maybe the way the citizens exude passion for everything from soccer to the samba… Rio is unlike any other city in the world, and it also happens to be the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. So get a deeper glimpse into this amazing city before the games begin. These incredible shore excursions are available on cruises that call at Rio and offer a diverse range of options, whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been there before. And if you’re thinking about a cruise to South America, now is the time to book with Explore 4 savings. Several voyages that call at Rio are included, so reserve your stateroom before Oct. 30, 2015, and take advantage of the special offers! Corcovado & Rio Highlights If there’s one icon that defines Rio de Janeiro it’s Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain. Ride a cogwheel tram 2,400 feet to the top, then elevator or escalator to the peak. This magnificent soapstone statue stands 125 feet tall with arms outstretched, welcoming you to the best view of the city. A trip to Rio just isn’t complete without visiting this landmark! Beaches of Rio & Sugar Loaf Mountain Just past Corcovado Mountain you’ll find another symbol of Rio … Sugar Loaf Mountain! Start with a scenic drive past waterfront attractions such as Botafogo Beach, Flamengo Park and Aterro before stopping at Praia Vermelha in the Urca District. Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain to take in more panoramic views of the city. Once you’re done soaking up the sights, descend down the mountain to meet your coach for a […]

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