First time with Holland America and definitely not the last!
We have just completed our first cruise with Holland America aboard Ryndam journeying from Barcelona back to Dover. We had never attempted to return to a different port/airport from our original starting point, but we let the train take the strain from Lowestoft to Stansted on the way out and from Dover Priory to Lowestoft on the return. Thanks to British rail for a trouble free journey.
Our cruise was great, despite the unseasonally poor weather at most ports of call. We selected this cruise as it visited some ports that were new to us plus a few that we did not mind seeing again. The State room on Deck 4 was very comfortable and kept immaculate by Dan our Cabin Boy.
We enjoyed the first dining sitting from 5.45pm sharing a table of four, very well catered for by Herman and his assistant young Dan. There was always a good choice from the daily ever changing menu and we only resorted to the "always available" only once. We really enjoyed the entertainment under the Cruise Directorship of Kieron Buffery. Thanks to the excellent resident singers and dancers, particularly Carrie who gave a brilliant one woman "show" on a sea day. Disembarkation came too quickly but like everything else by Holland America staff was super efficient.