On 05 September, 2015 I had the opportunity to visit Holland America Line's Ryndam at Harwich International Port during one of her final cruises from the United Kingdom. On this occasion I was joined aboard by Gavin, who as always assisted me and did a great job taking the photographs for our ship visit review.
Soon after boarding we were met by Show Host, Michael Spears who welcomed us aboard and escorted us to Deck 10 just outside the entrance to the bridge. A short while later Captain Mark Rowden came to meet us and invited Gavin and I to join him on the bridge.
Whilst on the bridge I was given the opportunity to officially present my drawing. The Captain was very impressed and sounded keen to keep the drawing for himself! As many of you will know, Ryndam is leaving the Holland America Line fleet and will be joining the P&O Cruises Australia fleet as of November 2015. As a result the drawing could not be kept on board.
As Ryndam was leaving, I was of course very keen to get aboard and also present a drawing, knowing I would never have the opportunity again. Thankfully Holland America Line were kind enough to allow us to visit and arrange the drawing presentation too.
After presenting my drawing to the Captain, Gavin and I were taken on a guided tour of the ship with Michael, who did a fantastic job of showing us many of the public areas on board. Overall we were fairly impressed with the amenities on board, some more than others, but you'll be able to read more in our ship visit review. See the link at the bottom of this blog!
As we walked through the various amenities it was somewhat strange to know that over the next few months the ship would be completely transformed. I am sure the Ryndam has a bright future ahead with P&O Cruises Australia.
I want to extend my thanks to Holland America Line for allowing Gavin and I to visit Ryndam. I would also like to thank Captain Mark Rowden and Show Host, Michael Spears for making us feel so very welcome during our visit on board.
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Harry Cotterill set up his blog when he was just 16-years old, making him one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. In later years he became known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!