The first time on the Ryndam was to cruise the Mexican Riviera and the Sea of Cortez. It was beautiful, the shows great, excursions wonderful (especially the Copper Canyon) and the dining was great.
But this time on the Ryndam was a bit of a disappointment. The openness of the ship has been an improvement in the shopping area and the library, and the bar areas, but the as for the selections in the Rotterdam dining room, they leave much to be desired. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful, but this only being their second cruise, were a bit on the shaky side. NOT UP TO CRUISE STANDARDS. The selection of food each night appeared to me to be the same thing from the last night with a different name. BEEF, BEEF, BEEF,or SCALLOPS, SCALLOPS, SCALLOPS. I also thought the Lido dining left much to be desired and the hours too short. If you took a shore excursion and came back, if you did not go directly to the Lido buffet bar, you were left with the choice of pizza or hamburgers or hot dogs and tacos.
New Captain is Dutch and that was good. He was very cautious about Key West because the weather was bad, as we bypassed it and went to Cozumel instead. But with that change there were 4 days back-to back of non stop excursions. By the last day, you were too tired to do anything. It needed a break, i.e. a sea day after two days to give it a rest, but since we missed Key West , that couldn't happen.
If you do this cruise, when you get to Roatan, instead of using one of the cruise ship excursions, go on the Internet and find "Victor Borda" Excursions and book your own tour guide for the day @ $25 per person for the entire day. Ask for "Ali" He is the best!!! You can snorkel, fish offshore (cost extra), tour the island, so what every you want. He will know where to take you and it is better than the price on the ship. There were six of us and we had a blast. He is the very best!!!
I wouldn't rate this as the best cruise I have ever had and this was my 19th, but is was not the same Ryndam that I knew from before where the food was excellent both on the Lido and in the Rotterdam Dining Room.