CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Ryndam Mexico April 13, 2004

This was our third trip to Mexico with Holland America Line in the last five years... and it was the best.

It featured ports in Baja California unique to HAL: Santa Rosalia and Loreto. Both small towns on the Gulf of California with a rich history.

This was our first trip on the Ryndam and it is a fine ship. Although just recovering from a trip with many passengers and crew being ill, the ship had been throulgy sanitized and there wss no outbreak this trip.

The crew was very friendly.. one server in the Lido Cafe greeted us each breakfast by singing, "Oh What a Beautfiul Morning" Sometimes the passengers joined in!

HAL is noted as being a senior citizens line...(I'm one of them) but on this trip there were more children than on the other HAL trips I had taken.

One thing I could do without. The constant photographs being taken by the ship's photographer d the promotion of sale items aboard from jewelry to watches. You got a flier under your door practically every morning with "Big Discounts Today Only." Yeah!

The ship has a link to a satellite and you can get internet service.. although pricy. I paid $100 for 250 minutes of time, but I was posting images to my web site every day. You can view the results at:

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