A storm in Marseille, France, made it impossible to enter the port so Captain Mark Rowden had a fantastic alternative for guests on board Ryndam. The captain decided to call at Villefranche, France, only a short distance from Monaco. In the early morning, tenders were lowered to bring us ashore for an excursion to Monaco…. read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Once we arrived at port in Rome, a shuttle took us out of the harbor gates. From there we took a ten minute walk to the railway station. You can buy a return ticket which includes five zones of public transportation in Rome. The train ride takes no more than an hour. We decided to… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
In the middle of the night as Ryndam sailed to Livorno, I looked out of my stateroom window and with the moonlight and waves passing, I saw in the distance, lights that looked like cruise ship lights. Suddenly I saw the search lights from our ship and from the other one over the water. I… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Every cruise we try to take part in ‘An Evening at Le Cirque’ in the Pinnacle Grill. The chef did a great job because the food was amazing. We are sorry that we can’t let you taste the food, you will have to book a cruise for that. In the meantime, you can enjoy the… read more of “Cruise Diary: Le…”
Sailing away from Kotor included two hours of scenic cruising through the Bay of Kotor. Halfway through the scenic cruising, we saw two churches on islands in the middle of the bay. Ryndam took a 360-degree turn to give us a fabulous view. This is the type of scenery HAL guests can expect to see… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
I think most of Ryndam passengers were still sleeping when the ship entered the Bay of Kotor. For about two hours we witnessed beautiful scenery before the ship docked and we were very excited to explore the town once daylight approached.
Looking out at the city of Brindisi from our stateroom window, we didn’t really know what to expect from this port. But we left the ship feeling great because we know that Holland America line always finds the best destinations for its guest.
Recently we were allowed to have a unique look behind the scenes at the day to day things that take place on Ryndam. Do you wonder how your steak got on the dining room table, where your bottle of water is coming from or why you have clean linen each day in your stateroom? Below… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”