Two Great Weeks

Ryndam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
14 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 25, 2015
Ship: Ryndam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was only our 2nd experience with HAL, although my wife and I have sailed over 50 times with various lines. I could find nothing to seriously fault on this trip. We missed Key West due to weather, but the Captain did arrange to stop at Grand Turk. Most of the passengers we met were avid and loyal HAL cruisers. Some did mention that service had deteriorated during recent years. Again, this was not apparent to us having only limited experience with HAL. We did notice that the food in the dinning room was good, but not excellent. In particular, beef and pork cuts seemed tough. We had a veranda cabin and were satisfied. A brand new cruiser would have been extremely happy. An experienced cruiser would have been (and was) pleased.  

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Steaks and other meat cuts could have been better.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Normal Cruise stuff.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
First time cruisers would have been delighted.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Did not use or hear about

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Individual staff members make a huge difference. This was/is a great crew.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This is an older ship, however the Rydam was well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Veranda "suite" normal size or slighlty smaller than anticipated

Ship Tip

Look at the in-cabin brochure (last page). The room service (in-cabin) bottle and mixers drink package is a good deal.

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
One of our favorites, but missed this time due to high winds
5 out of 5
Something for everyone.
5 out of 5
Always one of our favorites.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Our second favorite on this trip
5 out of 5
Best stop of the trip
3 out of 5
Stay inside the port/shopping compound or take supervised excursion to other areas.
5 out of 5
Nice stop
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