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The Holland America Ryndam: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

09/22/2011 12:13 pm ET | Updated Nov 19, 2011

The Holland America Ryndam is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Holland America Ryndam.

Destinations

From May through November, the Holland America Ryndam sails throughout Europe, from the Baltic to the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal to the Mediterranean Sea. During the winter months, the vessel is based in Tampa, Fla., from which it makes regular voyages to the Caribbean and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Grand Ship

The 792-foot-long Holland America Ryndam is of Dutch registry (like all of the Holland America Line ships) and accommodates a maximum of 1,260 passengers. The Ryndam is smaller than some of the newer mega-liners and is known for its extensive art collection and gracious service staff.

Special Features

Although the Holland America Ryndam is smaller than some of the other luxury liners at sea, it has no shortage of amenities. Onboard features include a culinary arts center where guests can learn about food and wine as well as participate in cooking classes; an Internet cafe/coffee shop; a full spa and salon; the Crow's Nest nightclub at the top of the ship with 270-degree views; and Club HAL for children ages 3 to 12.

Accommodations

Passengers on the Holland America Ryndam can choose from four basic categories of staterooms -- inside, oceanview, verandah suites and deluxe verandah suites. All staterooms include a private bath, hair dryers, terrycloth robes for guest use on the cruise, flat-screen television sets and DVD players. Verandah suites have large private patios and mini bars. Deluxe verandah suites include the services of a private concierge, complimentary hors d'oeuvres served nightly and the use of a private lounge during the cruise.

Cost

Fares depend on the destination and duration of the cruise as well as the type of stateroom. Prices on the Holland America Ryndam begin at $699 per person for a seven-night Mediterreanean cruise in an inside cabin, and $599 per person for a seven-night Caribbean cruise in an inside cabin. Port taxes and airfare are additional.

Excursion

One recommended shore excursion from the Holland America Ryndam is the nearly six-hour cave tubing adventure in Belize. After safety instructions, passengers are issued a tube, headlight and similar gear and are able to ride the Caves Branch River through crystal formations and caves.

Dining Experience

Guests of the Holland America Ryndam can choose from the traditional main Rotterdam dining room, a casual buffet-style meal in the Lido Restaurant on the pool deck, an intimate dinner of northwest American cuisine at the Pinnacle Grill or dinner delivered to their stateroom. There is a nominal charge for meals in the Pinnacle Grill.

Maiden Voyage

The Holland America Ryndam debuted in October 1994. She was christened by Madeleine Arison, the wife of Holland America parent company Carnival Cruise Corp. founder Mickey Arison.

In The News

In 2007, the Holland America Ryndam made the news when it returned to port in San Diego with 110 passengers suffering from the norovirus. In addition, the ship had an incident in 2010 when an intoxicated passenger released the ship's anchor while the vessel was at sea.

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