Left Tampa Bay on HAL's Ryndam, suite 171, great ship, clean, good crew, good chow. 12 ports of call. Really liked the stateroom and patio. Some of the entertainment (particularly the four young female Ukrainian violinist, in a nice quiet lounge, just before dinner) and cruise pertinent lectures were excellent. Captain did a super job as we ran into a storm, mid Atlantic, he went far south, almost to the equator to get around it. Put us a little behind schedule but no big deal. Entire trip, the ocean was like a mill pond.
Particularly liked the eat any time feature. First time on HAL where we that option. No getting stuck with the same political bores every evening at the dinner table. Never had a delay getting a table either, usually ate by ourselves. We used the Pinnacle Grill three times, it is the best of any lines alternative dining options the we have been on. First became aware of the Pinnacle quality on the Prinsendam during a three monther. Also the Canaletto alternative (no extra charge) was great. We used that one at least 10 times. Tables were a little too close but other than that we certainly liked the cuisine and table staff.
I like the Ryndam, just the right size ship and well taken care of. Shore excursions were all good. HAL does a great job on these, but so does Princess and Regent, the only other two lines we use.
One of the best port excursions they don't have listed here. St Malo, France. France. Great day, a rare super surprise, visited Mont Saint Michel and toured that historic little island and then stopped at Cancale for oysters and local white wine. Best oysters I have ever tasted. Same with the wine and I'm a red drinker. Beautiful little fishing village where we were served. I give that day a five plus rating.
Don't list Cherbourg,France either. Normandy beachheads. Wow, best long one day excursion ever, and we have been cruising for over twenty years on the high seas and I missed that until now. Be sure and do Omaha Beach, don't take just Utah Beach tour. Also Mulberry B and the museum there are a must. Five plus plus. Not enough space here for me to tell how great it was, you have to see that yourself.
It was an average patio cabin/suite but very clean and good.
Did the Anaga Mountain. Excellent coach and guide, could undertand him well. Had very surprising wine tasting and goat cheese experience. Really had a good look at Santa Cruz and the panorama of the Anaga Range. We visited the La Iglesia del Cristo church for a good look at Gothic-Baroque architecture.