Good cruise, but......: Ryndam Cruise Review by Ian Yule

Ryndam 3
Ian Yule

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Good cruise, but......

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Other
Although mnay aspects of this fjord cruise were very good -especially food in the Rotterdam restaurant, there were aspects which were much less satisfactory.
The itinerary was changed at short notice and we visited Molde which was very disappointing. Many passengers were particularly disappointed that, although we had booked a fjord cruise, we only visited one - the Sognafjord going to Flam which we actually travelled to and from during the night!

Our most serious complaint was the cost of the excursions which was outrageous and did not reflect the actual cost as we found when we booked both the Flam railway and the 4 hour fjord cruise and discovered that we had spent only £160 against the £370 charged by Holland-America for these same excursions.. At Molde, there was an excursion to the open-air village museum which cost $84.95. We walked there (less than one mile from the ship)and found out that because it did not open officially until June, entry was More free. The only cost therefore to Holland-America was a single bus fare for a mile - $84.95 per person made this an extremely expensive bus journey!

Our other complaint was the fact that, having booked early (last August), in discussions with fellow passengers, we realised that many had paid about a third of our cost. We were refused any stateroom upgrade although there must have been superior staterooms vacant. No other compensatory benefits such as a drinks allowance or on board spending money was given. This simply meant that we were heavily 'penalised' for booking early, and as a result will never sail with Holland-America again. Less

Published 06/09/12

Cabin review: F842 Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Our cabin, being located astern, was a little bit noisy from the engine room.The cabin was otherwise comfortable. The bath was far too small, and it would probably have been better to have had a large shower. The television reception was far from satisfactory. The service from the stateroom stewards was excellent.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Again, we bought a 24 hour Bergen Pass (no pensioners' concession here) and used it to visit Grieg's house and museum and two art galleries. It was surprising that there was only a tram service to Grieg's house which then required a walk of over 2 kilometres there and back. As this must be the single main attraction in Bergen it is absurd that there is not a bus service to this. The Art collections were excellent and we thought better even than the national collection in Oslo.
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We were lucky that the weather which had been poor from the visit to the North Cape improved and we were able to enjoy cruising on the fjord for the morning. In the afternoon, we took the Flam railway which fully lived up to its reputation. The stop to view the major waterfall was wonderful. See my main review for critical comments about the costs of these two excursions!
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We organised our own trip in Oslo by visiting the Tourist Information Office where we purchased an Oslo 24 hour pass which, with pensioners' concessions, only cost £26. This enabled my wife to visit the fascinating Viking Ship Museum together with the Art Gallery and adjacent History Museum, and on our way back to the ship, the Resistance Museum in the castle. This cost was a fraction of the cost of the organised cruise excursion.
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