Heritage UNESCO Site Cruise: Ryndam Cruise Review by SunflowerKaty

Ryndam 4

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Heritage UNESCO Site Cruise

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Holland America 21day Mediterranean Treasures. We were with a group of 147 adventurers on an inclusive - air, hotel, transfers, some meals group. We flew over the pole from Seattle to Barcelona - only way to go. The ports were mostly islands and all UNESCO or World Heritage Sites. It was intense with a different port every day except two. We took private excursions at each port.

My overall impression of the Ryndam was good. It was big, but not too big. The dining experience in the Rotterdam was inconsistent. We tried ordering fish - halibut - didn't look like any we had eaten before - sent it back. The lobster was too mushy for me. The salmon was sometimes overpowered by the sauces. Our stateroom was an outside window on the main or 5th deck. One of my personal favorite places to be. I like the robes provided - the choice of bath or shower. It took me some getting used to the water regulator vs faucets for the shower. Our room steward were attentive and greeted us by name. More

LIDO Dining experience was very uneven. I like the "eggs Florentine" when the spinach is heated a little bit and the egg is set but not hard. It was hit and miss if it was served this way. We had "any time" dining in the Rotterdam and liked to be at a table for six or less because my husband has difficulty hearing with more. Host was always very friendly and attempted to meet our requests cheerfully.

The Captain was able to secure dock space for us at every port which was awesome - even at the ones marked as Tender Required. We liked the port talks the captain shared. Good sense of humor and friendly when he was out and about on the ship.

The main disappointment we had was our experience at Canaletto's dining. The food wasn't as special as I had remembered from our previous experience. The wait staff was almost "too friendly".

We were disappointed in the variety of entertainment. There were not very many outside entertainers. There were five singers (3 males and two females) and only two female dancers. The performances were good, but nothing spectacular and was repeated. We usually never miss a show, but made an exception on this tripl

First port was Tripani, Sicily, Italy- Small port. We took a bus tour to the salt beds. Easy to walk from port to the city - right there. Small but nice port. Less

Published 09/28/11

Cabin review: FF533 Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Cabin 533 was on the main deck - close to the elevators which went to the pool and/or spa. One level down from the promenade which was very convenient. This location is my favorite because it is water level and close to everything.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Very crowded with the number of ships in port. We went to the monastery on the hill - beat the crowds. Glad we were with the bus rather than trying to drive by ourselves. Took a little boat tour which was nice. The water is an amazing color. Almost wish we had just gone to the beach here.

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World Heritage Site - great tour of the walled city. We walked part of the wall. It would be close enough for strong walkers to get to and do part of the wall. Otherwise would recommend bus or taxi. It was once again very crowded because of the number of ships in port. Loved the people and the energy, We didn't take the gondola, but talked to people who did and they seemed to think it was worth the euros.

Main interest here is the site of the original Olympics. 50 miles from port - we had a good guide which is essential to a good port experience,. Wish we could have had more time at the site of the original Olympics. There are very interesting ruins and information. We could have spent a whole week there, but time is of the essence.

This is out of sequence, but wanted to write about this amazing port. The ship docked within a block of the walled city. The city isn't old because it was destroyed during WWII. It has been rebuilt. I think one of the things we liked best about it was we were the only ship in port that day so it wasn't too crowded. Our guide was Miro and he was very knowledgeable. We went to the beach town of Budva which is also a walled experience.

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Valetta, Malta - Limestone island. The city is up quite a steep hill which we took by bus. There was horse-drawn buggies to take people up. No fat horses on that route. We took the bus on up to Medima to visit the Carmelite Priory. I would have liked to spend more time in Valetta rather than go up the hill. It was interesting to see the aqueducts from Roman times still in place.

Third largest city in Italy. Port is right in town so fairly easy walk. We had a bus tour again. Cameo factory. Must go to Pompeii which is a definite bus or taxi ride Fascinating place - could have stayed there much longer.

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Good port - lots to see. We were once again on a bus tour. Went to Palace which was built in the 13th century by the Moors - Queen and King's Palace. toured the Queen's - King's is a private residence. Largest tapestry collection in the world dating back to the 15th century. They are rotated every 6 month. Cathedral there took 325 years to finish. In contrast the Bellver Castle took only 10 years - it is of note because it is round.
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