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.
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.
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.
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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