CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Ryndam Mexico April 5, 2005

Mexican Riviera / Sea of Cortez-Copper Canyon

Embarkation from San Diego, fast and easy.Size of the ship a positive,but as with most cruise ships rest rooms at a minimum.The first thing we did was contact the head waiter - we had been assigned second sitting with early sitting a standby.The ship was completely booked and no chance of an early sitting. The floor show for second sitting was after the dinner at 10:15PM. As we are not late goers, we skipped eating ccompletely in the Dining Room and ate all meals on the Lido.We could see no reason to pay an additional $20.00 per night per person to eat in the Pinnacle Room.

Food in the Lido restaurant:breakfast, regular cafeteria style. They had an Eggs to order service, omelet station, precooked waffles,french toast,and pancakes. The food basically was the same every day.Lunch - same set-up as breakfast. Not much variety. Dinner - a selection of 4 to 5 different entrees each evening, which they served to you at your table.The appetizers, salads, deserts etc were the same every evening.Food was acceptable but not on a par with other cruises we have taken.

Our outside room was roomy and clean, and excellent service by our attendent.Although basically a very senior citizen cruise the canned music played would appeal to a much younger group. They had during their refit pushed the gymnasium out forward and from the observatory instead of seeing the bow of the ship you looked at an ugly green roof.Although the Veermer Theatre was small and unconfortable the entertainment was some of the best we seen on cruises.

Ports of Call:Puerto Vallarta - always fun. Mazatlan, our first visit to the city and found it interesting and a step above most of the Mexican cities.Copper Canyon excursion - very BIG mistake.We were told to be ready to go ashore at 4:00 AM.We arose at 2:30

AM, bkfst at 3AM, didn't depart until about 5AM.Two hour bus ride to the train - very comfortable bus and police escort.Six hour train trip on very old train but that was to be expected. Scenery spectacular along the way.Arrived at destination, 45 minutes for lunch, very poor and confusing,a 15 minute ride by school bus to another hotel with an overlook for a very small portion of the Canyon, a steep walk to another view, a total of 45 minutes to see the Canyon, and then the reverse of our trip. It is advertised as greater than our Grand Canyon but from what we could see, there is NO com parison.The train was about an hour late in their return and we got back to the ship about 1AM. A waste of #349.00 each. They served box lunches - no comment.

Loreto - charming little city, one main street, about 3 blocks long, but nothing much to do.La Paz - beauthful city.Cabo - the best of the bunch.Sea very rough on return from Cabo to San Diego. Easy disembarkation once it was your turn.Would rate the trip just fair.

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