Ryndam Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
10

4 out of 5

Mixed Emotions

Sail Date: September 23, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was our first oceanic cruise (as distinct from river cruises) and our main objective was transportation whereas for many of our fellow passengers the \"cruise experience\" seemed to be the thing. That explains why Holland America provides so many different activities and frankly pampers its guests--but from a personal standpoint, we didn't need that much attention and thought the prices were a bit steep.

Pros: The Itinerary. We got to visit many interesting ports we had not seen before.

Cons: While the multitude of activities obviously serves many passengers\, we were primarily interested in getting from place to place.

Recommends Ryndam? Yes!

Ship Quality
As a long-ago U.S. Navy veteran\, I was amazed at the Captain's ability to handle such a large vessel. Overall\, the Ryndam impressed me as a \"taut ship\" and pleasing over 1\,000 civilians cannot be an easy task.
Food and Dining
The Lido restaurant was a special favorite.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was smallish (our choice) but our room steward Marko and his assistant did a splendid job of keeping it clean and attractive.
Service and Staff
Every crew member we met was helpful\, cheerful\, and friendly.
Entertainment
While the multitude of activities is obviously a priority for many passengers\, many of the options were wasted on us because of our own focus on transportation instead of entertainment.


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