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Welcoming the New Year on Ryndam

Thanks to HAL guest Liliana C. Clark for sending in the following note and pictures from her recent cruise with her husband and daughter. The family celebrated New Year’s on board the Ryndam. Enjoy!

Our names are Waldemar H. Clark, Jr., Liliana C. Clark and our daughter, Christina M. Clark.

We celebrated the New Year on board Ryndam. Our daughter Christina accompanied us on this cruise. Even though we missed two ports due to inclement weather, Captain Smit made sure that we all had a marvelous time. Although our daughter had cruised before, this was her first experience aboard a “DAM” ship and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. We had sailed the month before celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, obviously we enjoy traveling with Holland America, especially M.S. Ryndam and Captain Smit.

We are currently planning our next cruise on board Holland America as we thoroughly enjoy the high level of service and endearing personality of the crew and staff.

During the VIP cocktail party, we were fortunate to spend quality time with Captain Smit, who was the most genuine and gracious host.

Taken in the foyer of the upper level of the Rotterdam Dining Room during the Captain's Gala Night.

Captain Smit and my husband Waldemar talking while the Captain was visiting the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Taken during a very interesting private tour of a banana packing plant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. My husband worked with United Fruit Company (Chiquita Banana) and was able to get us close to the operation where they select and trim the bananas prior to packing.

Taken from our Verandah while we were departing from Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.

Having dinner at our favorite restaurant in the world, Pinnacle Grill.

My husband Waldemar and Melanie Caymo, Guest Relations Manager, at the VIP cocktail. She was extremely accessible and helpful throughout our cruise.

From left: Culinary Operations Manager Santhosh Nair and my husband Waldemar. We always enjoy visiting with him on board the Ryndam.

My daughter Christina during one of the excellent Broadway shows, A Star is Born.

My daughter Christina and I waiting for the New Year to arrive.

Ding, Ding, Ding: Welcome 2011! The Show Room Theater when Captain Smit rang the bell.

2 Comments
  • Elbert L.J. Bosma

    Very nice pictures in a real New Year’s ambiance on the beautiful Ryndam!
    W’re looking forward to our cruise on the ZUIDERDAM to Alaska in September.
    Elbert L.J.

  • Ross Smith

    Humm, I was on the same cruise and it did not seem as exciting as outlined above. See my comments below as posted on cruise critic.

    Our voyage aboard the Ryndam from Tampa, Fl. was scheduled for Key West, FL, Honduras, Guatemala, then Mexico, sail date Dec 26.

    Before leaving Tampa the Captain informed us that due to rough seas we would not be stopping at Key West. Another stop missed was Mexico. So we had two ports of call, both in third world countries, both of which I hope never to visit again. I kept notes of experiences throughout the 7 day cruise.

    Loved the fact that the luggage was delivered to the room, inside, and not left in the hallway. Check in was quick, painless, and extremely easy.
    The first few days the room steward was constantly knocking on the door. Two knocks and the door was opening, I barely had time to get out of bed trying to answer the knock.
    The Captains messages could have been shorter. He would tell us our location in degrees & minutes, so I had no idea what he was talking about. His messages should be short & sweet.
    I could not figure out why the carpet in various hallways always appeared to be wet.
    The ship is really showing its age dispite the fact it has had rehab worj done.
    There was a basketball court directly above the main dining facility. The sound from triblers was overwhelming which caused numerous people to complain.
    I also noticed that railings, tables, casino chips, etc. always had this sticky fealing that kind of grossed me out. I could not wash my hands enough to overcome this issue.
    The staff dines with the passengers, so at least you know your eating what they are. But the bad side is the close down one side for crew and no passengers are served on that side.
    The two comedy shows I attended were excellent.
    The room were very sizable, we had an inside regular, it was larger then other rooms we have had on other cruises. The A/C seemed to not be able to keep the room comfortable the last three days.
    The 24 hour room service was excellent. The assorted cheese and cracker selection concided of four small pieces of cheese and no crackers.
    The retractable roof above the pool would be adjusted to afford a comfortable atmosphere.
    The one and only 110v outlet in the room was used by the DVD player. Not much on TV, but there is a good selection of DVD’s, just order then the first day as they go quick. Our room steward obtained a power strip for us to use in the room.
    The toilet over flowed in the night, and must fixed quickly the next morning.
    The food started to seem the same and at times you just didn’t want to go and eat. I actually lost weight on this trip.

    This cruise ranked the lowest on our list of past trips.

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