My sister and I had the misfortune of experiencing the Ryndam without our husbands. Apparently, this is sacrilegious to the Indonesian crew who completely ignored us. Luckily, at dinner, we sat at a table for 6 and the other 2 women had their husbands in tow. That was the only reason we were acknowledged in the dining room. If we arrived before the other 2 couples we were deemed persona non grata. The food was marginal at best and 1 meal made both of us sick (food poisoning type symptoms). The only dish they did really well was any kind of fish. Our cabin steward was worse; he refused to bring us towels, shampoo, soap etc. Finally, we found the storage closet and helped ourselves. As soon as we would leave the cabin, our steward would come in and remove everything. This went on for 10 days. If we ordered room service (breakfast) he would wait until he saw us leave, put breakfast in our cabin and leave it all day. Embarkation was a snap because our travel agent told us to arrive at the wrong time and we were about the last ones on the ship. It only took 10 minutes as there was no line at all. The women who worked in the spa and taught the aerobic classes were excellent and really saved the cruise for us. We spent a lot of time participating in their activities (exercise classes, walks and special programs.)
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