First time cruise, so nothing to compare with. Spoke to many people who had cruised before and got comments ranging from worst cruise ever (an opinionated texan) to best cruise ever. Many liked the size of the ship and the friendly atmosphere which prevailed throughout. Generally food was of a good standard, with one exception-the coffee was poor, but tea was good! Shame we could not spend more time in port, especially Oslo-an overnight would have been good, to experience some nightlife. Oslo was very clean and the people very friendly, polite and spoke better english than many of us can! The public transport was a joy to behold and enabled us to visit 4 museums and Viggeland Park-a must see. The ship was very clean and the staff excellent and again friendly. Occasionally service was a little slow in the Rotterdam, but this gave us more time to talk to other diners. We opted for open dining and met interesting people on most evenings. The facilities were more than adequate for our needs-we didn't make use of all of them, but next time may do so. Would happily recommend Holland America and the Ryndam to anyone, whether first timers or experienced cruisers. Although american in style, it was not 'in your face' for us europeans.

Happy Holland America

Ryndam Cruise Review by George Sandy

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2012
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
First time cruise, so nothing to compare with. Spoke to many people who had cruised before and got comments ranging from worst cruise ever (an opinionated texan) to best cruise ever. Many liked the size of the ship and the friendly atmosphere which prevailed throughout. Generally food was of a good standard, with one exception-the coffee was poor, but tea was good!

Shame we could not spend more time in port, especially Oslo-an overnight would have been good, to experience some nightlife. Oslo was very clean and the people very friendly, polite and spoke better english than many of us can! The public transport was a joy to behold and enabled us to visit 4 museums and Viggeland Park-a must see.

The ship was very clean and the staff excellent and again friendly. Occasionally service was a little slow in the Rotterdam, but this gave us more time to talk to other diners. We opted for open dining and met interesting people on most evenings.

The facilities were more than adequate for our needs-we didn't make use of all of them, but next time may do so.

Would happily recommend Holland America and the Ryndam to anyone, whether first timers or experienced cruisers. Although american in style, it was not 'in your face' for us europeans.
George Sandy’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Rates
Service

Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin D
Perfect for our needs.Comfortable beds-great view from window. Nothing can beat pulling back the curtains in the morning, to be greeted by a stunning view. On promenade deck, so great for getting outside to view scenery and great sunsets, especially around midnight!
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Oslo
    Disembarkation 9at all ports was good. Oslo has so much to see-would have liked more time. An overnight would have been great. The Oslo pass is brilliant as it offers good value and much less hassle.
    The museums we visited were Polar Ship (could have spent much linger here as it was fascinating), Kon Tiki (wow), Viking Ship (very good) and Resistance (very moving, again could have spent longer) and also Viggeland Park. The sculptures are stunning.
    View All 295 Oslo Cruise Port Reviews
    View Cruise Critic's Oslo Cruise Port Review