Our twelth cruise, our second with Holland America on the Ryndam. We sailed on Ryndam in 2014 and loved it so much we booked again for 2015, almost identical itinerary (only one port difference).
Would certianly recommend Ryndam (such a shame it's being sold in October to P&O Australia) and would recommend Holland America.
We travelled as a family of 6 occupying 2 cabins. 3 adults and 3 children. We travelled from North East of England to Harwich (6 hour drive)
Embarkation and disembarkation were fast and smooth. We were on board the ship by 12.15, just in time for lunch ! Disembarkation was smooth and you could stay in your cabin until it was your time slot.
My favourite public room was the library - so spacious. Lots of comfortable seats, fanastic views from the full length windows.
Entertainment was okay.
Shore excursions were a rip-off. It didn't detract from the cruise though as I'd researched all the ports prior to sailing and we did our own thing in every port.
On all previous cruises we have dined on first sitting (5.45 pm on Ryndam). For the first time we chose open seating. We loved it. Loved the flexibility. We generally ate around 7.15 pm and there was never a queue for the restaurant. Will be choosing open seating on all future cruises.
Shame Holland America is not sailing from UK in the near future. Flights x 6 people + 1 cruise or sail from UK and have 2 cruises. I always choose the latter.
2 Large Inside Cabins on Deck 5 at the Stern. 2 adults and 2 children (aged 10 and 14) in one room and one Senior and child (aged 17) in the other room. Plenty of space. Rarely in the cabin other than to sleep and get dressed, so for all it would be nice to have an outside or balcony cabin - the difference in price goes towards the next cruise. We can cruise more often that way,