Holland America Ryndam

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  • My 2012 Cruise Trilogy

    Nov 21, 2012 by TheSmartTraveler is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food, crew, interesting ports, enjoyable entertainment, and total relaxation.
    Cons: We did experience paint and oil odors because the ship was going into dry dock.

    Summary: The ms Ryndam 26 day transatlantic crossing from October 15, though November 10, 2012, was the third cruise in this trilogy.  The first part of this trilogy was in April 2012 on RCL's Grandeur of the Sea, 13 days from Miami to Malaga, Spain. ... read more

  • LOVE the Alaskan Cruise!!

    Dec 13, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great weather, awesome views, fantastic waiters and staff, many activities
    Cons: hmm cant think... do you get sea sick?

    Summary: I absolutely loved this trip!! I went a week before the cruise departed and went around alaska. It was one of my favorite trips EVER! We went on a two story train that you have dinner on, it was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend doing this! When ... read more

  • Fantastic Company, Fantastic Vacation

    Apr 17, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fabulous Service
    Beautiful Views
    Whale Watching
    Tons of stuff to do on the ship
    Cons: A little more expensive

    Summary: We cruised on the Holland America ship, the Ryndam. We did a two week cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage and then a land tour from Anchorage, back to Vancouver. Our time on the ship was extremely enjoyable! We had the most amazing wait staff and the food ... read more

  • Cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver

    Jul 4, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smaller ship; Great Staff; Kid Friendly; Great Food; See many Glaciers; Many Excursions and entertainment
    Cons: Little Pricey; Weather is always questionable; Some people feel sea sick

    Summary: Graduating from 8th grade my Grandmother allowed me to pick any vacation I wanted to go on.  Loving the outdoors and wildlife I chose to visit Alaska.  My aunt, grandmother, and myself at age 12 i was really excited but nervous their wouldn't ... read more


    Aug 20, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: We don't have any pros.
    Cons: Uncaring attitude, unfair policy, terrible customer service.

    Summary: We wanted to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise to Alaska, our first cruise.  We chose Holland America but were terribly disappointed by their uncaring and unreasonable policies.  We found out an immediate family member was ... read more

  • Best way to see Alaska without Roughing It!

    Mar 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful service, Quality excursions, Great Food
    Cons: none

    Summary: We wanted to take an Alaskan vacation and searched extensively through different companies to see the best way to see the beauty of Alaska in an organized and semi-convenient manner. We decided to go the cruise route because of all the isolated areas ... read more

  • Our Alaskan Cruise

    Aug 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The service, the entertainment, the organization
    Cons: The food, the front office girls who were snippy

    Summary: My family, thirteen of us in total, set sail from Seward after several days of absolutely delightful land-touring (also handled by Holland America). We were the last of the group to board, arriving from an optional train trip from Anchorage that passed ... read more

  • For all first-time "cruisers" - BEWARE

    May 13, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Reputation for quality service. Just don't have a family death and have to reschedule.
    Cons: Denies customer rescheduling but THEY can . Keeps airfare when denying customer rescheduling.

    Summary: FIRST-TIME CRUISE PASSENGERS LOSE $4150 TO HOLLAND AMERICA My wife and I were to be first-time "cruisers" on Holland America's Ryndam Alaska Inside Passage trip leaving 08May05. We advised Holland's agent on 05May05 that due to the sudden terminal ... read more

  • Sewage smells on Ryndam

    Apr 24, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fairly nice restaurants, good pool area, great library and computer room, nice piano bar.
    Cons: Unflushable toilets, backed up sewage smell, dirty brass in elevators, dirty windows .

    Summary: We were on the Ryndam in February 2005. On many occasions the toilet would not flush. Each time were advised that the engineer was working on the problem. Within a day or two it always failed to work again, and so on throughout the cruise. Some of ... read more

  • Ryndam, definitely for the 'older- traveler'.

    Mar 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great service by staff. Large state rooms (with bathtubs).
    Cons: Horrible smell during beginning of trip. Failure of toilets during course of trip.

    Summary: My husband and I had been on 5 previous cruises, but this was the first one on a Holland America ship. We took the March 6th, 2005, 10 day cruise from San Diego, stopping at 6 ports in Mexico. I was most impressed by the service of the staff, and the ... read more

  • Alaskan beauty in pampered fashion

    Jan 10, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great service, great food, lots to do on the ship, beautiful sights.
    Cons: Once you've seen one glacier, you've seen them all.

    Summary: There is really no wrong way for you to visit Alaska just as long as you find a way to make it there some time in your life. Alaska is one of the most amazing areas in the world, where wildlife and man mix together beautifully. Generally when I visit ... read more

  • Worth the money

    Jan 6, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great service, worth the money
    Cons: The age of the passengers other than us

    Summary: My friend and I went on the cruise in September 04. It was one of the best experiences I have had. We had to be some of the youngest on the boat at 30. We had an inside state room, which was fine since we spent most of the time out and about and we ... read more

  • We had a bad experience

    Aug 27, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent Food, Nice Cabins, Free Hot Hors D'oeuvres, Excellent Service by Cabin and Bar Stewards
    Cons: Mystifyingly Poor Attitude by Maitre D' and Other Top Managers

    Summary: My wife and I, our two teenage sons, and my mother-in-law, went on the President's Week cruise of 2004 to the Mexican Riviera. Our family has cruised many, many times on other lines, with great success, but we thought that we would give Holland America ... read more

  • Cruise to relax and enjoy Alaskan scenery

    Jul 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent food, service, and views
    Cons: Overpriced excursions without much substance

    Summary: My wife and I took a Carnival cruise for our honeymoon trip down to Caribbean 17 years ago and we had to do cruise once again. We chose Holland America Line (HAL) going to Alaska for several reasons: (1) family discount because my wife’s ... read more

  • I would take this cruise again in a heartbeat!

    Apr 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food and great service! Breathtaking scenery!
    Cons: Expensive and not very family-friendly.

    Summary: My husband and I got married in August of 2003 and went on a Holland America Alaska cruise in early September. Our ship was the MS Ryndam, which is small compared to some other cruise ships, but big enough to need a map for navigation around the decks. ... read more

  • Sea of Cortez cruise Jan 31, 04

    Feb 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All the creature comforts are on board with enough to keep you occupied for days.
    Cons: Small things that may or may not be important to you, little details.

    Summary: My wife and I just returned from a 7 day Sea of Cortez cruise and it was fabulous. It was our first cruise, but we traveled with a family member that has gone on many cruises and everyone was very impressed. Here are some of the points that stood out ... read more

  • A Great Getaway

    Jul 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendly staff, great, clean rooms, great entertainment,
    Cons: expensive shore excursions

    Summary: I have been on many cruises, and many good ones. The Holland America's Ryndam is right up there w ... read more

  • Great way to see South America

    May 10, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great ship, wonderful service, lots of things to do... or not do.
    Cons: Price of soft drinks, Internet charges

    Summary: This is one cruise my husband has always wanted to take. It's the longest one we have ever been on. Before we left, I was afraid it would be too long for me, but it wasn't. We have been home two weeks and I'm ready to go again! We were able ... read more

  • A Wonderful Cruise Line

    Feb 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service, food, excellent ship
    Cons: Stage shows are not what they could be.

    Summary: I have crossed both oceans both ways an have been on over 30 cruises since 1980. My very first was in 1951 on a troop ship to the Korean War and that was even a fun cruise. Princess at one time was my choice but they have really gone down hill in past ... read more

  • One Heckava Cruise!

    Nov 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Room and bathroom size, laundry facilities, coffee bar, movie theater, cuisine, staff.
    Cons: Excessive e-mail rates, floors aren't numbered, dirty windows, broken things weren't fixed.

    Summary: This was our 7th cruise, and the 1st on Holland-America Line. We've taken three 7-day Caribbean cruises on Norwegian Line, two 7-day cruises on Royal Caribbean (one Caribbean and one Mexican Riviera), and a 28-day cruise from Singapore to Athens (read: ... read more

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