My husband and I sailed the week of 10/12 out of San Diego, CA. The Ryndam is a smaller ship compared to the Oosterdam which we sailed on earlier in May to Alaska. The actual cruise ship itself is in very good condition. We did not see any wear on any of the furniture and the help did a fine job keeping the ship clean.
We did have a little scare halfway toward the end of the cruise "Code Red Alert". About 30 passengers got ill with the intestinal bug, we heard that passengers went on the Topolobamba train ride and the food they ate off the ship made them ill. Thus when they returned back on the ship some may have not sanitized and it spread to some passengers.
It didn't change our experience as we always use the sanitizers either way. It just made the lines on the Lido buffet a bit longer. The cruise ship temperature was a bit hotter than I would have liked it, at times it seemed the air conditioning was not working properly on certain decks.
GYM: - We used the gym twice a day as we wanted to make sure not to gain alot of weight. The gym was much larger than I anticipated and it had plenty of cardio machines and free weights.
FOOD: Where do I begin? The food on this cruise ship was EXCELLENT!!! The Lido buffet for breakfast was very good on all days we ate there. Hot and fast self service. The formal dining room had a wonderful variety to choose from on all their menu's for breakfast/lunch and dinner. This is our fifth cruise and thus far the food on the Ryndam was just excellent. Now you can understand why we exercised twice a day because we did enjoy eating. We also ate at the Pinnacle Grille only $20.00 each and that was enjoyable, the food was wonderful and the service was superb.
Ports of Call: The ship stopped at 6 ports in Mexico which were: Cabo; Mazatlan; Puerta Vallarta; Topolobompa; Guasmas (1st cruise ship ever to port there) Loreto. We did not book any excursions as this is our 3rd time to Mexico. Guasmas port was interesting as the "Ryndam" was the first cruise ship ever to port there so they had the news channels there and a large welcome celebration for us.
Explorations Cafe' = What a pleasant surprise to see such a large library as well as internet cafe. It was about four times larger than any other ship library I have seen. So many passengers flocked to this area as they offered free internet reading for the NY Times which was nice. The explorations cafe is attached to the library. We purchased a coffee card for about $26.00 plus gratuity, that would buy 10 specially coffees. I thought it was worth the money. However if you wanted a large coffee they included two shots of expresso for only $1.80 and it was GOOD!!
Entertainment: We had the cruise ships dancers and singers they were pretty good. The main male/female singers where very good however their back up singers need some more practice. They had a wide variety of entertainment from a pianist; banjo player to magician. There were some evenings we just skipped the entertainment because we were tired.
Service: I thought that everyone from the bar waiter to our dining staff and room staff were all helpful and pleasant. There was never a time during this 11 day cruise where we needed anything the help was always available and present.