Alaska Revisited--Can We Take It!!: Ryndam Cruise Review by rockytoo
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Alaska Revisited--Can We Take It!!
Hubbard Glacier: This must have been a special cruise--because we had sunny weather EVERYDAY! The Hubbard Glacier was awesome and on our first-half (northbound) portion of the cruise we saw the glacier calve an iceberg about half the size of the ship. It was awesome and the largest the ship captain or the local rangers/guides had ever seen.
Seward: As we were on a two-week cruise, we had a port day in Seward. We explored the town on foot and walked to the Aquatic Life facility on the far side of town from the cruise ship dock. This facility has some fantastic displays on habitat and wildlife of the region and the aquarium portion of the facility is one of the best we have seen (and we have been to many--including Monterrey, CA and Baltimore MD). It is really worth seeing.
As noted, one of our main objectives on this cruise was to determine if we could cruise for 14 days without becoming terminally bored. (We had taken an Alaska cruise about five years previously--so that added to the potential boredom factor--as we had been to all of these ports previously.) We liked the relatively small size of the ship and the feeling of spaciousness in the common areas. We found that because of the enthusiasm, attentiveness, and friendliness of the crew/staff--it was an extremely enjoyable cruise and left us looking forward to future (long) cruises. This cruise definitely put Holland America at the top of our list. Less
Cabin review: DD416 Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)
We were in 416 and the far aft of the ship, port side. We found the room to be (feel) spacious, with plenty of storage. The bathroom felt larger than others we have had on other cruise ships--and was the first time we had a bath tub. The window provided a partial view and let in lots of light--a plus for us. We did not notice any problems being on the promenade deck--with folks outside the windows on deck at most times. It was not noisy from the deck activity. With its location far aft, it did require quite a bit of walking to get to functions around the ship--but that was a plus for us. There was no interior foot traffic or noise. We did get winch noise when docking or departing port--as the anchor and lanyard winches were located immediately under our stateroom. This was really only a factor when the arrivals were in the early morning hours.Read All Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views) (DD) Reviews >>