Wonderful cruise. I read on line and had heard from friends that Royal Caribbean cruise line was better than Holland cruise Line. I beg to differ. We have traveled on Royal Caribbean. My wife and I both liked Holland better. The food, staff and shows were all better. We liked the "older' age group as well. We met 4 couples of like mind. One Welsh couple and three Australian couples. Great fun. Great trip.
We enjoyed our cruise from Harwich, Eng. on the Ryndam. As always on Holland America Lines, we recieved excellent service, delicious food and a comfortable stateroom. The cruising of the Fjords of Norway was a scenic delight and surpassed all expectations. We also enjoyed the ports of call. My only complaint is lack of reasonably priced wifi and mediocre entertainment. We did enjoy the Duo Adagio. Would have enjoyed more professionally choreographed shows in the Showtime. Not a major problem, but worth mentioning. All in all, we would highly recommend the Norse Legend Cruise.
The ship was OK (15-20 years old) but well maintained. The cruise crew was friendly but not as talkative as in other cruises. Managers were professional but not as proactive as in other cruises.
We have problem with our designated cabin. It was also assigned to a cruise crew and we, no the cruise crew member, were relocated to another cabin. We have problems in the new cabin with items that did not work properly (TV remote, A/C and toilet) but that is a separate story.
The towns we visited were very nice. Scenery was amazing.
The shows (singers and dancers) were very good. For the first time in our experience, the music from the orchestra did not overpower the singers (you could actually hear the singers).
The cabin (interior) was larger than in any other ship we have travel with, except for one cruise line. Also the bathroom was larger than usual.
The cruise price were very reasonable. The tours were very expensive. On the other hand, every thing in Norway is expensive.
The cruise was very relaxing a little rough at times. The most interesting tours were in Belguim and the tour at Cherbough, France (Normandy). When we arrived in Horta, Portugal it was a holiday and no stores were open. When we arrived at Brest, France it was also a holiday and nothing open. The staff on Holland America were very friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and had a good variety.
Loved this cruise! The ports were a little off the beaten track but that it made it more fun. The mostly Indonesian/Filipino personnel was extremely friendly and helpful. Food was excellent. Good value. Not that we needed it, but I was surprised there was no ginger tea, which is effective for seasickness, We did not book tours through the ship, though. They can usually be obtained for less locally in the different ports.
GREAT cruise--smaller ship--quieter-less crowded--attention to detail--great service and shows--will go again soon with HAL. Fresh flowers--full library and computer assistant--culinary arts shows--galley tours--lots of music, etc.
The cruise was a good way to relax and enjoy the "cruise experience." However, 3 of the 4 ports of call were a waste. The half-day Key West stop was a good one; however, there was no town at any of the other 3 stops....just a commercial center at each where you could see the same trinkets at every shop. If you want to see local houses, shops, restaurants, churches, etc., don't bother with this trip.
This was my first time on Holland America. I wanted to try a cruise line that has a long, dependable reputation for elegant service. I was not disappointed for the most part.
Although I had an inside cabin, it was the largest and most comfortable of any ship I have been on (10+ cruises under my belt). Twin beds were very comfortable and wide enough. Lights for the cabin were right behind the bed so that was convenient. Bathroom was bigger than any of the other ships on which I have traveled. Two people could actually stand at the sink at the same time! Food was not as plentiful as expected nor was the quality any better than most of the ships I have been on. Lido deck food was just as good as the dining room food. If you want room service, be aware that it may take an hour to get your food. Additionally, you may get the wrong order so you may have to reorder or eat what you get. Sometimes, they get the order wrong and you get extra food you did not expect, but which is delectable.
Shipboard activities were great and you can actually get into the pools, not just your toe in. There was plenty of room and the pools were bigger than any other ship I have been on. If you are in a more mature age group (over 50/60 onward), you will appreciate that the pool areas were not dominated by a party crowd and music on deck was more fitting for a more mature crowd. Caribbean music abounded, but not blaring hip-hop.
Entertainment by the house entertainers was better than I had experienced with other cruise lines. Again, it seemed that the entertainment, genre and songs were geared to a more mature audience (upper 40's onward).
I am anticipating going on Holland America again soon. Unfortunately, it won't be on the Ryndam, because it has been sold. However, I am sure that the other Holland America ships will be just as pleasant.
The best part of the cruise was the lectures given by Brian of the Microsoft Digital Lab, for free. He introduced some of the newer features of Windows 8.1 to the class, such as fusing of pictures, creating collage of pictures, and rendering a panorama of pictures. The other parts of the cruise are routine and are commonly as expected. The cruise is given 4 stars because the fish at dinner was invariably overcooked.
We had a very nice time on this cruise, but, need to mention that the cuisine was not exceptional like the previous cruise we had been on about 10 years ago. It was also a Holland America cruise and we were looking forward to enjoying some special meals. Otherwise, we were very pleased, especially with the fantastic service! The ship could use an update as she is starting to show her age. So, all in all, I would recommend this cruise.
Our 15th cruise with Holland America. Once again, great trip. The staff was excellent. They were polite, courteous, professional and fun. We truly look forward to the care and treatment of Holland America. The entertainment and cuisine are also always first class. Holland America is our favorite. Tried others but they don't quite compare.
Great cruise, outstanding service and a real bargain for all that you get with this cruise. Highly recommend this for anyone that wants to visit the western Caribbean. Thanks to a wonderful crew for making our voyage so pleasant.
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.
Great getaway ,after such a long cold winter,Service, food, entertainment all excellent.We always enjoy our cruises on Holland America ships. This cruise line is aimed at the 50 and older travelers but all on this cruise had an enjoyable voyage.
Although this ship is due to leave the Holland American Line this fall to pursue a new career, the staff was great. Fellow cruises were fun to get to know. The ports we visited, Key West, Banana Coast (Trujillo) Honduras, Santo Tomas de Castilla Guatemala & Costa Maya, Mexico were a good mix between fun and educational - something for everyone. I highly recommend this cruise.
Our room was not acceptable, we had the smell of diesel fuel in our cabin for 2 nights then followed by 2 night of the air conditioning not working and it being 80 degrees. The coupon book was worthless. It did not arrive until two days on the ship and Czerwinski's did not use one coupon. I used one for a free bingo card, of course I had to purchase other cards for Bingo that cost me $35. The $25 room credit was not given (did not know that we had to do something online to get it) Gone. The port we wanted to see the most was Costa Maya and the ships had 2 engines fail. Therefore, we only got back the credit for the port fees. Wrote a letter via email and also faxed the same letter to Holland. It was our first experience with Holland, very disappointed. The food was good, entertainment great, weather was good too.
This is a great cruise for first timers. Just enough fun and excitement without over-doing it. We had booked a hike for Guatemala & arranged for breakfast in the cabin since it was very early. But the hike was canceled because of safety issues (raining too much). OK - I just went to the Spa - sat in the hottub- and got a great massage - Thanks Sonya !!!. Food could have been an issue - but we worked hard at not overdoing it. . . OK - one day I did have two desserts. Never did any of the shows (our loss) but heard great things about them.
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