North Bound Glacier Explorer May 2010: Ryndam Cruise Review by NCboatboy

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North Bound Glacier Explorer May 2010

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
Beautiful weather and a great ship and crew made this a cruise to remember!

We had made the mistake of getting away from Holland America for a few cruises and trying some other lines so it was a welcome relief to be greeted by the smiling, friendly staff of the Ryndam!

But first, we flew into Vancouver a few days early to relax and explore this beautiful city, and our flights were uneventful. The airport was clearly laid out, customs went fast and professional and our taxi was very reasonable to our hotel, the Ramada Limited on Pender Street. We were greeted warmly and made to feel right at home, I highly recommend this hotel, it was central to everything and the staff very helpful, recommending restaurants and personalizing our tourist maps with notes. We walked down Granville street to Granville island our first full day, enjoying the shopping and a nice lunch. Vancouver is a very pedestrian friendly town, we explored he Gastown area, Stanly park and china town, More but beware the druggies, drunks and panhandlers on Hastings street though, they won't really bother you unless you let them. On embarkation day, we walked to the pier, not a problem if you are in shape and so is your luggage! Once at Canada Place, everyone was friendly and helpful, check in went fast and were were aboard by about 11:15am.

The Ryndam is a great size for a cruise ship, not too big, easy to find your way around. the crew is remarkably courteous, we were never greeted with less than a cheery smile every time we turned around. We went to the Lido for a quick lunch and for the first two days they serve you in the buffet, in order to reduce any potential introduction of Norovirus from the new passengers, and we didn't have any problem with that policy, really we appreciated it.

Our stewards were quick to introduce themselves and keep our cabins shipshape the entire time and our dining room servers were very friendly and professional. We had absolutely no complaints with any of the staff or service and as we had some very elderly fellow cruisers aboard the staff was very patient and helpful towards them, which I could tell was much appreciated.

The food was extraordinarily good, both MDR, Lido and room service.

We really enjoyed our Ryndam cruise, and can recommend this ship and itinerary wholeheartedly! Less

Published 06/03/10

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