First time cruise, so nothing to compare with. Spoke to many people who had cruised before and got comments ranging from worst cruise ever (an opinionated texan) to best cruise ever. Many liked the size of the ship and the friendly atmosphere which prevailed throughout. Generally food was of a good standard, with one exception-the coffee was poor, but tea was good!
Shame we could not spend more time in port, especially Oslo-an overnight would have been good, to experience some nightlife. Oslo was very clean and the people very friendly, polite and spoke better english than many of us can! The public transport was a joy to behold and enabled us to visit 4 museums and Viggeland Park-a must see.
The ship was very clean and the staff excellent and again friendly. Occasionally service was a little slow in the Rotterdam, but this gave us more time to talk to other diners. We opted for open dining and met interesting people on most evenings.
The facilities were more than adequate for our needs-we didn't make use of all of them, but next time may do so.
Would happily recommend Holland America and the Ryndam to anyone, whether first timers or experienced cruisers. Although american in style, it was not 'in your face' for us europeans.