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Member Name: solo lady
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
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Cabin Number: 100
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: Ryndam Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Ryndam Deck Plans
Western Caribbean, 7 nights, Jan 2014

First days were uncoordinated in the deck 7 dining room with wrong food selections delivered to diners and lengthy waiting times for meal delivery. It appeared that the number of crew in the area was low. The issue resolved itself.

Entertainment was lacking on this portion of the cruise with nothing in the Showroom at Sea for several times during the seven day cruise. They seem to like to blast the volume in the Showroom at Sea. The loudness did not flatter all the singers.

Large stateroom with good layout. First cabin on port side. No walk through traffic other than crew. Very quiet area

Four closets, six drawers, leatherette couch, IPod doc, yoga mats, water feature, safe, shower and tub and lighted makeup mirror. No peek hole in this particular door, a minor issue as I only had room service and they clearly announced themselves.

Can hear waves when wind is heavy. Occasionally noticed water hitting window from crew cleaning areas above cabin.

I did the back to back 21 day cruise. Thankfully the first 14 days were filled with great service in the dining room and frequent Showroom at Sea programs.

The ports on the 7 day cruise were not of great quality, they all appeared to be manufactured for cruise ships. Two shore excursions stood out. In Guatemala the trip up the river to see the school was exceptional. The added stop at Livingston was fun when we were loaded into the bed of a pickup truck to travel up the steep hill and back. Really did wonder if that portion of the trip was sanctioned by Holland America. our guide paid for the ride from his own funds.

Costa Maya ATVS/Jeep tour was fun but the area is so far from the ship that the full excursion cannot be accomplished in the time the ship is docked. We had to leave the venue prior to being able to swim at the beach. Cost of the trip should be lowered as the price is about $100 an hour!

Publication Date: 02/07/14
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