My husband and I will be traveling to Alaska July 23, 2004, and traveling on the Ryndam.
We are doing a land pkg first then cruise. Would love any input about this ship. And any advice for activities not to be missed. This is or first cruise and after reading some of the posts Im wondering if we selected the right ship.
Thanks for all replys.
We were just on this ship for the 8 day Christmas Cruise from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera. The Capt. refers to the ship as the "...Beautiful and Elegant Ryndam", and I agree. We experienced nothing short of excellence with all service aboard the ship. The room steward, a 20 yr. HAL veteran was really great. The dining room stewards were excellent and operated like a well oiled machine. The ship was clean and in great shape. We enjoyed the decor, color schemes, antiques, and art work. We had one of the large inside rooms on "A" deck, which runs parallel to the hallway. We found the food to be very good as well. The current cruise director, Dan Butcher, is leaving for break soon, and moving on to the Oosterdam. The evening shows were entertaining, some more than others. The entertainers will certainly change before your cruise in July. We loved this ship, and wouldn't hesitate to go on her again.
Hal is supurb for sailing Alaska- smaller ships with excellent deck space. Look over a shore excursion list and narrow down your interests there are just too many good choices. I never book ship excursions and alway direct with the venders. You may want to add time on the interior portion expecially in Anchorage or Fairbanks- you see very little of them on tours and very worthwhile activities are available. If time allows- go on a Kenai fjords boat tour out of Seward- excellent opportunity for varied wildlife and birds. Also consider a McKinley flight - you aren't likely to see it otherwise.