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Ship Visit to Ryndam
Holland America Line
Dover - 29th June 2013

Report ©2013 Paul Timbrell
Photos ©2013 Ian Boyle and ©2013 Paul Timbrell



RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM at Dover - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


   

2013 Visit Reports
Revisited ships will not be shown unless significantly revised since previous visit

Deutschland (Deilmann)

Discovery (CMV)

Ryndam (HAL)


 
RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Atrium
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Showroom at Sea - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Showroom at Sea - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Ocean Bar - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Spirits & Ales - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Mix. Champagne - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Mix. Champagne - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Explorer's Lounge - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Explorer's Lounge  - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Pinnacle Grill - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Rotterdam Dining Room
Upper Promenade Deck & Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Rotterdam Dining Room
Upper Promenade Deck & Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Rotterdam Dining Room
Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Rotterdam Dining Room
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Explorations Cafe - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Casino - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Display Case
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Suite
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Crow's Nest - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Crow's Nest - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Crow's Nest - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Lido Restaurant - Lido Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Lido Restaurant - Lido Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Lido Pool - Lido Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM at Dover
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


We no doubt all appreciate the arrangements made by our Ship Visits Organiser. However, when we visited Ryndam at Dover on 29th June 2013, he excelled himself. A mini cruise was included in the day!

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Atrium
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


We arrived at the terminal at the appointed time only to find the hall full of baggage and a tiny trickle of passengers disembarking. The hydraulic ramps had failed, which necessitating those leaving the ship to use a steep, narrow gangway. The Holland America crew were coping well in difficult circumstances but would not want to embark new cruisers this way. Hence, while we were visiting aboard, the Ryndam was moved to the alternative Dover berth, and we had our ten minute cruise.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Showroom at Sea- Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


We boarded Ryndam in the Atrium area to find a crowd of passengers queuing in line ready to leave. This really gave a false impression as the ship is quite spacious. We were given carte blanche to explore at will. In some areas the ceiling seemed a trifle low, but the stairways are wide, the public rooms airy and the Atrium impressive. The central fountain is certainly eye-catching. The general atmosphere of the ship is inviting and comfortable.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Mix. Spirits & Ales - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


An hour, or, as it turned out, rather less than that, was nowhere near enough time to explore this interesting ship. The well-appointed cabins seemed somewhat more spacious than average, although the balcony of the stateroom visited on deck 9 seemed rather bijou. The cabin catering for disability listed for view on Deck 6 was locked, unfortunately, but I was pleased that such a facility was available. The Neptune Suite on deck 10 was most impressive: cavernous, with a huge balcony; equipped with every amenity; possessed of one of the largest bathrooms I have seen at sea; and boasting a marble floor.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Mix. Champagne - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The appearance of the ship from shore is attractive with no excessively angular lines, but rather a flow. Some have called it 'boxy', but, from my point of view, a steady stepping of the forward superstructure from foredeck to bridge and the reciprocating stepping from the funnel to the curved stern are pleasing. Clusters of exhaust pipes, which I find particularly prone to spoil the beauty of an otherwise eye-catching profile, have been reasonably successfully housed with a streamlined funnel enclosure.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Explorer's Lounge  - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


I immediately felt at home with the design, having seen Ryndam's (entered service 1994) two predecessor sisters ( Statendam and Maasdam 1993) on their visits to Tilbury Landing Stage in the 1990s. On board the layout is fairly simple. Most of the stairways have that sweep or cascade which is easy on the eye. Artwork is on display throughout the ship. Enthusiasts will no doubt be particularly pleased with the paintings of the previous Ryndam and the model of that vessel. These images of yesteryear brought back to me happy memories of seeing the majestic Nieuw Amsterdam in the Solent when I was a teenager.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Rotterdam Dining Room
Upper Promenade Deck & Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Display case
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


 At the stern of the superstructure, where provision is made for sport and children’s activities, we found an exciting spiral staircase. Then, encountering a stair labelled ‘Teens Only’, I had to explore, though I was breaking the rule by a year or so. On this high point, with a panoramic view, were mock rocks, a waterfall, glass screens painted with tropical foliage, palm tree lamp posts, tables, and kegs (to sit on not to drink from) – The Oasis, a thoughtful hideaway provided for young people.

On deck 6 a teak promenade circuits the vessel, but athletic souls will be disappointed by the ‘No Jogging’ signs.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - The Oasis - Sky Deck
Photo: ©2013 Paul Timbrell


Two swimming pools are available. One, the Lido, is situated between the bridge complex and the funnel and has a cover which may be opened and closed hydraulically. There is also an open pool one deck lower at the stern.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM Explorations Cafe - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Two decks below that, also at the stern, is the Rotterdam Dining Room which is on two deck levels. I did not see the daily menu, but the meal we were served was imaginative and tasty. The restaurant was comfortably furnished with tables for two, four, six or eight. It gave a pleasant outlook over the stern, and was decorated with carved clogs and turning windmills to remind us that we were on a Dutch vessel.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Explorations Cafe - Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Were there no criticisms? Am I picky if I mention an extremely shabby menu folder and much less than sparkling wine glasses? The slogan 'Holland America Line – A Signature of Excellence' was boldly displayed, and we were told emphatically to expect a premium product. It only takes a lack of attention to detail by one or two members of staff to ruin those aspirations. It was merely the otherwise high standard maintained that made these omissions stand out.

And so, the culminating question arises, ‘Would I like to cruise on Ryndam?’ Assuming that the dates and itinerary were suitable, definitely yes.

RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Suite
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Crow's Nest - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Crow's Nest - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Lido Restaurant - Lido Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Lido Pool - Lido Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - aft pool from the Sports Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2013 Paul Timbrell


RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
RYNDAM - Lido Deck
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



RYNDAM - Photo: ©2013 Paul Timbrell
RYNDAM - leaving Dover - Photo: ©2013 Paul Timbrell



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