On board ms Ryndam
Yesterday afternoon in San Diego we boarded ms Ryndam, our home for the next 14 days as we travel first to Mexico and then up the Pacific Coast to Vancouver, B.C. Spent the day settling in and reacquainting ourselves with the ship.
It’s been nine years since we were last on Ryndam. Much has changed, but much still has a very familiar feel. As the day progressed, we met our room steward, Fatchur, and had a long visit with the bartender in Crow’s Nest. Roger is from the Philippines and on his fifth contract with Holland America. He says he’s looking forward to the Alaska season, where Ryndam will sail after this cruise. Roger says he enjoys the beautiful scenery in Alaska and particularly likes Sitka, which is so quiet and peaceful, a stark contrast to the industrial city he grew up in in the Philippines.
After a marvelous dinner with interesting people, we checked out the Piano Bar, one of our favorite places on any cruise even though I can’t sing. My traveling companion, Joan, tries hard to keep me near the right notes, but has little success.
We’re starting the cruise with two days at sea. I really like starting a cruise that way. It gives you time to sort of get in the rhythm of the ship, get to know the staff and begin to meet a few of your fellow travelers.
We’ve already had to make a few tough choices this morning. Do we go to the Digital Workshop? a shore excursion talk? a cooking demonstration? a fitness class? a port talk? We solved that problem – we went shopping. Love cruising!
Jan Hinman is a writer from Seattle, Wash.