Never Again: Ryndam Cruise Review by JJGC
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Oh, did I mention the throwing up? I did that a lot even with a scopolamine patch on. So at this point I was angry and scared and nauseous. I figured that I would escape the Titanic/Poseidon when we got to Jamaica. Wrong, 48 hours and some easier seas we got to Jamaica. I had then resolved myself to continuing the adventure since we would be getting off and things had improved some. Wrong, as we neared Jamaica and prepared for departure the chime of doom again rang and in a very thick Danish accent our captain from de nabagshin deck ob the ryndam explained that the seas were to rough for tendering. At this point I was part of an angry mob that headed to the front desk to demand off the boat which by the way was quite shabby and old. After some poor customer service we headed to the back of the boat to get some air and to watch the carnival cruise head in to Jamaica. So still trapped on this old ship with a staff could not be bothered to learn any English I began to plot my escape via a life boat or swimming if possible. Since my wife was pregnant I decided that having us jump off or stealing a life boat that I have no idea how to operate would both be terrible ideas I decided that I would behave myself and prepare to be told that when we reached Grand Cayman we would be denied escape unless we mutinied. Good fortune finally smiles although I believe that it was good fortune that the boat survived the first nights events.
We got off the boat at both Grand Cayman and Cozumel. On out last night while at dinner at the Pinnacle Grill (by the way if you are foolish enough to get on this death trap spend the extra few dollars and eat at the Pinnacle Grill. They treat you well and are very friendly and attentive and the portions of high quality food are absurd, the only bargain to be had on this vacation, fantastic food, well run and attentive servers which you will not find in the Rotterdam) so around 6 pm the chime of doom comes on and it out captain explaining that at 8 pm tonight a coast guard helicopter would be hoovering aboove the ship to air life a passenger off. At this point I was convinced that the helicopter would not hoover aboove but crash into and sink the boat. this of course did not happen and I am venting my frustrations but I can assure that when we received a coupon in the mail shortly after our so called vacation, for 15% off of our next Holland America cruise it sealed the deal for me that if I were forced back onto a cruise that there is no way that Holland America would get one red cent from us again. Good luck if you choose to get on the ryndam. I suggest that you look for video of the ship online to get a real idea of what it looks like. Less