Ryndam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Random Holland America out of Tampa

Sail Date: March 08, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

Ryndam is an old ship. Small ship with very little technology. Only two wall plugs in the room. The room was adequate, service was ok. The staff on the ship were not overly friendly in fact at times seemed indifferent. Food was ok. Buffet was always crowded so we opted for eating in the main dining room. There was an Italian restaurant but it was sort of a make shift room in the buffet area so no ambience for a meal you had to pay for. Entertainment was great. That really was the highlight. The shops on board were not good. Nothing of quality and overpriced. The ports we went to were fine. Nothing to buy in Honduras or Guatemala but Key West and Costa Maya had shopping. Would probably not take another Holland cruise. I took one several years ago and it was just ok. I thought maybe it would improve but that was not the case. Holland America needs to update this ship or retire it. The amenities were few and far between. 

 

Ship Quality
Old ship
Food and Dining
Buffet crowded. Dining room much better. Room Service no existant. Ordered food but it never arrived.
Cabin / Stateroom
675
Service and Staff
Cabin folks were great. Front Office staff seemed indifferent. No one went over and above.
Entertainment
That was the highlight of the trip.
Onboard Activities
Music at the pool was minimal.
Destinations and Excursions
Destinations were interesting. Excursions were limited and overpriced.
Tampa, Florida
Getting on the ship was a bit long but getting off was easy if you take your own luggage.
Key West, Florida
Lots of things to do and see. Great shopping too!
Trujillo, Honduras
Nice clean place. limited shopping. You have to get there by tender. Beaches were not that great.
Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
What a dumpy area. No shopping or swimming. Excursions were overpriced and nothing to really see. No AC anywhere.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Nice place to spend the day. Clean but small shopping area. Lots of places to sit on the beach or by the pool for a price.

Tip

Big a power strip with you if you want to charge your phone or laptop. Rooms only had two plugs. Bring a thermos for coffee or water. That way you can have coffee in the room in the morning. Also there are no refrigerators in the room. You have to rent one for 2 dollars a day.



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