November 2007 Destination:
Mexican Riviera Embarkation:
We booked this cruise as we wanted to see the Copper Canyon in Mexico as we had heard how beautiful it is. We booked six months in advance and looked forward to another cruise on the Ryndam. The Ryndam is a very nice ship, not too big so there are no lines and you can find a place around the pool or in the lounges any time. We had only three at sea days and there are plenty of activities to take part in. My husband prefers to go to the Crows Nest and enjoy the view and read. The art auction on board is always good for a couple hours. The bands and music entertainment on board are very good. There was a speaker on board and as usual was informative and entertaining. The gym has a wide variety of equipment and we found that it was not very busy so we could work out every day. The staff at the shops are very nice and helpful. The one thing that we wanted most was the Copper Canyon by Train trip, it is very long an eighteen hour day and the scenery did not even come close to the "breath More
taking scenery and stunning locations" as described in the shore excursion booklet. We would advise saving the money for this excursion as the value is just not there. You have seen more beautiful scenery if you have been to the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed the rest of the ports especially Loreto as it was a charming little town. The local children danced in the town square and were adorable. The service on the ship was very good, our cabin was always clean and the towel animals each evening were cute. The food was excellent in the dining room, we are not fans of their new open dining option, we prefer the traditional assigned table to get to know our table mates. We did meet some very nice people but formed no lasting friendships. The best part for us was meeting table mates from a March 2006 Caribbean cruise on the Ryndam. The entertainment was very good, one night the volume was so loud that even after a few complaints to the sound booth several people left the show. Other than that one night the rest of the show were very entertaining, the cast did a very good job even though they had one member become sick and had to bring someone in at the last minute. Disembarkation is a very smooth process, as we had our own travel plans we were among the last off but we could wait in the comfort of our state room. All in all we enjoy sailing with Holland America and will look forward to our next cruise with them. Less
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