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Seven Seas about to depart or yet another Voyage for
George and Riet Maat (seated) with their daughter Toni
In spite the weather experienced, the Maat family still have some good memories of the ship itself. Obviously, the voyage would have been very much better had there been a little sunshine on the way.
Above and below: Passenger List. Family Maat listing is highlighted by the yellow making
Mr. Maat wrote …
We found the ship quiet seaworthy,
because many times as we came down from an enormous wave into what seemed a big
hole, we thought the ship would brake in two, but we arrived in one
piece. Huge icicles where all over the deck hanging from
the lifeboats, railing etc. Most people were pretty seasick and
stuck to eating fruit or drinking at the bar to settle their stomachs. The food
was very good, a good choice from a menu. Service was excellent in the cabin as
well as in the dining room. Everything was very clean and kept that way
throughout the voyage. There was a nice lounge with dance floor, but alas,
because of the weather they had the walkways, dining room, lounge, dance
floor and stairways roped off in order for people to be able to hold onto
something when navigating their way around. We tried dancing and I guess,
because we were still young, we did not mind "sliding" from one side
of the dance floor to the other when hitting a wave. Often we would go through
our knees when the ship bottomed out. They covered the tables in the bar and
dining room with wet table cloth’s so the plates
and glasses would stay put. We thought that most passengers were in the dining
room during the voyage, but, we discovered when the ship docked in
Above Left: 8 year old George Maat trying hard to keep his balance as the ship rolls during stormy weather
Above Right: 3 year old Toni Maat out on deck during a calmer day
Mrs. Maat and children, George and Tony
The Maat children in cabin 153
We thank George and Riet Maat for sharing their experience and photographs with us.
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Page Three- The Maat Families Atlantic crossing.
Page Four- Frans Mast sails in 1957 to
- Arthur Lukach & friends sails
to and from
Liners sailing to the distant shores.
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