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Ryndam Cruise Review by Buccleuch69

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Ryndam
Ryndam
Member Name: Buccleuch69
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: Dover
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: HH
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 1.0
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You pay for what you get

Perhaps the American connection lets things down but everything was about money and HAL's determination to relieve passengers of as much as the filthy lucre as they could. Pure greed! London West end prices for drinks on board even when in international waters, despite the fact that all supplies are probably purchased ex-bond and duty free.

Although comparatively old, the ship was clean and well maintained, and the chief officer should be complemented on the state of the ship.

My partner and I were not too interested in the evening entertainment, with the exception of the classical violin and piano combo in the Crow's-nest bar who played really well.

We found the standard of food to be very good and always pleasing.

The itinerary was good - Dover , Oslo, Christiansand, Stavanger, Ulvic, Dover - and enjoyable

The mainly far eastern restaurant and hospitality crew were very good and friendly but you could be forgiven the feeling that any crew member making a single mistake would be flogged or, at the very least, never re-hired. I'm not saying that they were ill-treated but there was an atmosphere that I found unacceptable.

Consequently, it may be a long time before I sail with HAL again.


Publication Date: 08/18/13
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