“Spring Transatlantic”
Cruise review of Holland America Ryndam

winky12 Ryndam 4 Spring Transatlantic
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We prefer HAL and were new to the Ryndam, chose this cruise because we wanted to be in England early May. I would not choose the spa room category again, thought it was a waste of money, a water feature took up a lot of space and splashed our "stuff" on the desk area. We normally go for verandah but this ship goes from ocean view to suite category and a huge price difference.

Our 21 day voyage began with a stop in the Bahamas and then off to Madeira we thought. To miss a bad storm we headed south of the Canary Islands and up the inside passage, well worth missing Funchal, we were a small ship,been in storms.

Canary's were amazing, Lanzarotte, our second stop was volcanic and was like a moonscape, we will return. Perhaps same time next year.

The ports of Cadiz, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, St Malo and Cherbourge, France and Zeebrugge, Belgium were very special too. We took ships tour in Cadiz, to Jerez de la Fronterra, mainly because it was Eater Sunday and the city was closed-up. Lisbon we had toured previously so we chose to walk to the Fortress. Vigo is Vigo, we had toured there before, spent our time window shopping.

St Malo is a walled city with lots of charm, tendered out here and again walked the walls. Seeped in history.

Belgium is almost perfection, having toured Bruges, we chose a ship's tour to Ghent, included a canal tour, brilliant educated guides, perhaps best ever.

Embarkation and Dover disembarkation ran very smoothly, Sunday morning, May 1 after the Royal Wedding weekend, we were in Heathrow before 10 a.m. for the flight home. Of course it's a very short run across the Channel from Belgium.

This was our 4th transatlantic, last year on Norwegian Sun and on the inaugural Noordam voyage to Rome. In 1967 we were on the old Constitution to Gibralter in a hurricane, navy duty station transfer, it took a lot of courage to get back on a ship but it has been well worth the effort.

  • Sail Date: April 2011
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: Tampa
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Cabin review: Large Spa Ocean-View Stateroom

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Spa ocean view was the same as any other ocean view room with a few added trinkets, great location on Verandah deck, only 6 cabins in our quiet corner. (Found out most of our neighbors had been given upgrades.) Water feature,(fountain) we unplugged, it was messy and took up precious counter space. A spa mat each along with vitamin water were included. Not worth the extra as mentioned in my review. Ample storage space for our 3 weeks worth of clothes, a very handy coin-op laundry down the hall, across from the expensive rooms! We chose to buy high on the ship knowing it could get rough and I do not like to hear the waves hit my window, sounds like a Mac truck! We had a minibar supply added to take advantage of 3 star Mariner 25% discount on same.
Published 06/20/11
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