Remember, remember, remember -- You can't get from the front of the ship to the back (or vice-versa!) on Deck 7. Use Deck 6 or 8 and then the stairs/elevator when you want to go to the Dining Room!
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We especially appreciated the fact that there was a Catholic priest on board. We have attended interdenominational services on other ships but were pleased Catholic mass was celebrated on the ship. We have not experienced this on any other cruise lines.
Take advantage of the peaceful Lower Promenade deck where there are wooden loungers in the style of the early 1900's voyages transatlantic. Pads were available for the chairs and you could catch a nap or catch up on reading. No other ship I have been on had this feature with loungers on the side
The ship itself is older. The amenities are still wonderful. The cabin steward was excellent -as usual. Every staff member that you see is friendly and polite. Food good but not quite as good as usual. Lovely ship.
Room service was excellent for breakfast
Main pool area very relaxing always chairs available. You will sleep better on Holland America ships-mattress is most comfortable.
Try the small area with deck chairs on Deck 9 aft for reading or napping. It is quiet with a nice view and not as windy as other locations.
The Ryndam was built in the mid 1990s - when cruise ships still looked a little like ships (sweeping pointed bow, elegant lines, and nautical stacks). Cool. I understand she underwent major renovations in 2004.
Older ship, well maintained, smaller in size very easy to get around.
The only issue with the Ryndam is access to the Main Dining room on Deck 7. You must go aft on Deck 8 and then go down to Deck 7 to the entrance. Other than that, for a mid-size ship (55,000 tons, 1260 passengers) the Ryndam provided more amenities than many other ships much larger.
Nothing that was strikingly different from other ships, except the lobby was not functional. Other newer ships have beautiful lobbies that are used for a number of functions, i.e. dancing, live music, etc.
Small intimate ship. Easy to find your way around to different venues. Met really nice folks and saw them more than once.
This is an older small ship by today's standard. If your looking for elegant and relaxing this is it. If your youngish and have some party left if you, may not be your ship.
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.
Look at the in-cabin brochure (last page). The room service (in-cabin) bottle and mixers drink package is a good deal.
We had a Veranda Suite but I don't think it was any better than the Veranda staterooms we have had in the past. Just an ordinary stateroom with no extras that I could see.
Don't buy if it's a sale and seems to good to be true! It probably is!
since this was our first - don't feel 'expert' enough - except we are glad we got an ocean view room.
No me gusta mucho servicio de buffete