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Ryndam Cruise Review by glenswatman

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Ryndam
Ryndam
Member Name: glenswatman
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Canary Islands
Cabin Category: C
Cabin Number: 384
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 1.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5+
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Cabin noise and standards dropping
Our 3rd cruise with HAL. We booked HH cabin with guaranteed option and were please to be upgraded to cabin 384 in C class. After the first night we were less than happy. This and nearby cabins are below the galley and prone to noise, all night. 384 is below the dishwasher so you hear a big noise as the water comes on to fill then another when the taps go off followed by the dishwasher noise. After many complaints the galley were asked not to use the machine between 11pm and 6am but we then heard the noise of trolleys being pushed around. Probably only a problem for us as light sleepers but worth bearing in mind. We got moved on the 4th day when another cabin became available and were also financially compensated. It was suggested that we should book a specific cabin to avoid this problem in the future but this takes away the potential bonus of going guaranteed.

The dining service in the Rotterdam anytime dining was often slow, particularly at the back, taking over 2-hours and causing us to miss the show. When we asked for fast service one night we were seated near the front and finished in 1 hour.

The shows were pretty average and the flown in entertainment not as good as we have had before.

At two ports of call we were told we could not walk off and must pay $10 for a shuttle bus but in Casablanca it turned out you could easily walk through the port and into the town.

Overall the whole cruise did not live up to expectations and we would now rate RCI higher.

Publication Date: 11/06/11
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