“Western Caribbean adventure”
Cruise review of Holland America Ryndam

Cherhaines Ryndam 4 Western Caribbean adventure
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The Ryndam is a nice mid size vessel that is well-appointed, albeit showing its age a little. It's western Caribbean itinerary suited our need to experience sun, swimming, and adventures with different cultures. Traveling with my spouse and adult brother, we had our online boarding passes and got to the terminal with no problems. Embarkation took about 15 minutes at 1pm, so all was well. When we got to our staterooms, first problem- rooms were made up with twins not queens. Then called for dinner reservations for our "as you wish" dining and learned we had been assigned 8pm fixed seating. So now I'm wondering why I bothered to use the online system to register preferences?! Went to lido for food - wow what a zoo! I understand the need to contain disease, but they needed twice the number of servers or needed to get them to move a little faster. This was followed by an exceedingly disorganized lifeboat briefing. Not a good start. After that first days things picked . Our 8pm dinner time arrived and we were seated at "our" table, which was a 4top with just the 3 of us. Perfect. The waiters were great and food delicious, we decided maybe 8pm fixed seating would work for us after all. Returned to stateroom and found bed reconfigured to queen. All is now well. Good stuff : room service. Always prompt, no errors. Dining room staff - attentive, accommodating, remembered my drink order every night, 5star. Cabin stewards - excellent as always. Food - very good for the most part. Not so good: smoking is allowed on private verandahs - upwind of us the occupants smoked constantly. As a result we hardly ever used our verandah. Don't pay extra for a verandah if you're sensitive to smoke. Some cabin appointments were tired - refrigerator barely closed and leaked, wood furniture scuffed, lanai upholstery sun faded. Ports of call were the reason we chose this cruise and did not disappoint. Key west a cool, funky place, Roatan is an island we will return to for more water sports. Guatamala really interesting culturally and beautiful scenery on the rio dulce tour. Costa maya allowed great access to Mayan ruins.
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Cabin review: Vista Suite with Verandah

Smoking is allowed on verandahs. We hardly ever used ours as cabin upwind was always smoking. Jetted tub a great feature for me after long days walking and swimming.

Port and Shore Excursions

Easy walk to lots of shops and through there to meet our independently booked tour with the native choice. For $55 pp did the same tour the ship charges $90 and we only had 10 on our mini bus. Guide was an archeologist and had worked at chacchoben. Highly recommend this company and this experience.
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Went on a tour I arranged with victor bodden - private driver for the day for $30 per person. Swam at half moon bay and west bay beach. Great place for water sports.
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Published 03/18/13
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