This was our fourth HAL cruise. We decided to take this cruise because of the pricing and itinerary.
We were surprised by the condition of the ship! We were last on the Ryndam for the 2012 New Years holiday. In such a short time, there were dramatic changes--none for the good.
Until we were actually aboard, we had no idea that this was the last cruise prior to a scheduled two-week rehab. This ship certainly needs rehabing, but two weeks isn't enough time to take care of its appearance. The last day of this particular cruise was at sea. Upon arrival in the aft pool area, some of the gangways were closed off because they had varnished the rails while we were cruising. The morning of disembarktion crew members were vacumming the carpets outside the various elevator banks while passengers were congregated waiting for their "color" to be called. I have never been an a cruise (we have cruised approximately 15 times) where you were hustled from your cabins as early as this time. The first disembarkation announcement was at 7 am.
The crew on the Ryndam, especially those working the Lido Restaurant and Pool Bar, was extremely cordial and accommodating. They helped to bring some much needed lighter moments. Their sunny and personable personalities brightened this cruise for us.
Activites on this cruise were anemic at best. We did enjoy eating in the speciality restaurants and the Lido Restaurant. One evening we did eat in the main dining room, but found the choices lacking. There were many more choices in other restaurants.
All in all it was an ok cruise, but we have decided that choosing HAL again is not in the cards!