10 Night Sea Of Cortez (San Diego Roundtrip) Sail Date: February 15, 2008 Ship: Ryndam Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 10 years ago
We wanted to veg and relax on this cruise......and the whole experience was set up for us to do just that. We weren't into the excursions, but that didn't matter because the ship provided one spectacular, late afternoon, slow circling of the Sea of Cortez (along with escorting dolphins).
Unfortunately, our cruise was hit by the Norovirus.....but the captain and the crew were vigilant in their attempts to keep the ship and the passengers healthy...including handcleaner dispensers everywhere. We had a need for medical services in our cabin at 3:00 a.m. one night.....the doctor was there within 6 minutes of our call!!
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
There was variety in the menus and the portions were perfect. It surprised us that the dining crew anticipated our personal needs without our reminding them....one evening we were delighted by a 20th anniverary cake and congratulations (even though only knew the purpose of our cruise)....A very nice touch!
5 out of 5
There was always something to do, if you wanted it. Plus, there was a lot of variety in the services, places to be and a high level of quality in what was provided. We were particularly impressed by the coffee specialty bar which opened at 6:30 a.m. and closed around 11:30 p.m. for us caffeine drinkers.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Unlike other cruises, we were never pressured by the crew to give high evaluations relating to their compensation.....on the contrary, they were always friendly, remembered our names and what our interests were (in every area of the ship). Considering how many passengers there were, it really surprised us that they could......but, made us feel very special!
5 out of 5
The MS Ryndam beats out the newer ships (it was built in the 90's) for its age when it comes to the feeling of passenger space in public and cabin space. It was comforting to know that we had internet available anytime.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
The room and storage was more than ample for two people. We would rush back, change for dinner and leave the place a mess....only to return later to a clean cabin, bathing suits hung up in the bathroom and a different towel 'animal' sitting on our turned down bed to greet us!
It was nice to know that you could take the local bus into and out of town for 50 cents (one way)..this port was charming, even though it's going through a growth spurt....friendly, kind people and lots to see (especially if you are into historical sites).
Don't Miss: Walking the back streets and popping into all the little stores......for those who are into smoking cigars, there's cuban cigars available!
The ship ties up in a desolate area....unless you take the 30-minute bus into town the only event off the ship is the long train trip into and out of the canyon...which we hear was dissapointing for the time and cost.
Don't Miss: The onboard native dance show by the local children.....they did a wonderful job and the colors and costumes were great!
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