CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews
by Bob Roth
September 28, 2005
We chose this cruise because it had as one of it's shore excursions "Copper Canyon" This was our 4th Holland America cruise.
The Ryndam is 11 years old and in some areas the ship is in need of repairs. Unlike the review you published in May, our experience was mostly positive.
The air conditioning is very uneven---our cabin would not cool as much as we liked and several areas were too cold. The heater heating the pool was out of kilter and the pool went to 100 degrees. The Hot tubs heaters were not working at all the entire 10 days.
The entertainment was fine although the main lounge is very uncomfortable.(If you arrived less tha 30 minutes before a show, you couldn't find a seat that afforded you a good view os stage.)
The food was fine although no food is available from after dinner until 11 o'clock. (Princess cruise line has food available after dinner so you can snack)
We found the crew to be very helpful and the Captain even got up at 4:30 AM to wish us a good trip to Copper Canyon. He stayed up until 11 PM to geet us when we returned. In 35 cruises we never had a Captain do this
We prefer Princess because we like their Dining any time policy and the food buffet available after regular dining hours. Their entertainment is also more consistant.
We would however, give Holland America a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.