Koningsdam

4.0 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Built: Feb 2016    
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Koningsdam is a large ship, carrying 2650 passengers and 1025 crew, and sails from Amsterdam, Netherlands and Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Disappointed

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My favorite part of the cruise was going to the Islands, the Billboard piano players Sarah and Will and most of the shows.  I didn't like, my cabin location, the food, the embarkation where you were boarded by your number and sat and waited and I felt like I was living in a nursing home for 11 days!  I expected much more going on in the evening then the same two B B King and Billboard for 11 nights, early closures of lounges and eating places and I don't go in a smoke filled Casino, which was really disappointing.  This was my first Holland America Cruise as I'm a Celebrity Cruiser and I don't plan on taking Holland America again.  Very disappointed.  It would be great if I was in my 80's and 90's!  Good for those folks to be able to enjoy.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great trip... but budget in advance

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The ship and crew were spectacular.  Each port had it's good and bad points, but the variety in this cruise is very good.  The amenities on board were very good, but not as many as I've seen on other cruises.  The only bad comment I have is in the Holland America up-sale... too many on board activities require an up-sale and purchase.  We enjoyed the SPA area and wine tastings, but the thermal pool, steam room, heated lounges, and yoga classes all came at an up-sale cost.  We really enjoyed the wine tasting and blend sessions, but these also required up-sale and cost.  Internet and cell phone access was also an up-sale.  We thoroughly  enjoyed this cruise, but we should have budgeted an additional $1,500 to completely enjoy all the ship had to offer... and Holland America should consider increasing their base room cost and providing a more all-inclusive option.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

BEAUTIFUL KONINGSDAM

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The new Koningsdam is a real gem with beautiful lines and a new contemporary look to go along with the old traditional charm.

The cabins and suites are roomy enough to make you feel at home with plenty of space to move around and storage to hold all of your clothes.

The food selections and quality were at a new high level of taste and diversity in all of the dining areas and special restaurants.

A new star on the ocean.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best Ever

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Our favorite part of the cruse was the fellowship with our friends and the social interaction with the other passengers on the ship and during the excursions onshore.  The staff was friendlier than some ships; the food was delicious with lots of variety; cleanliness and the service we received from the staff was top notch; the ports we visited were fun, except for Amber Cove where we felt a little unsafe; the entertainment was good, although a couple of venues were a little close together with no way to block the noise of people passing by; there was a lack of activities at times; there should be a larger choice of beer to include IPA's.  The water was calmer than we have ever seen it which added to our enjoyment. It was an excellent trip.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Personal Review

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Diningroom experience  classical music concerts.

Excellent food with great selection,

Courteous, friendly and helpful staff.

The whole ship was clean, orderly and neat. Beautiful flowers on  tables.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
4 out of 5

Beautiful new ship with great food!

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The Koningsdam's strengths:

-Brand new ship with nicely done cabins.  There is more than enough storage space for clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc.  The bathroom has an extra large shower with glass door, so no shower curtain sticking to your body while you bathe.

-Best food on any cruise ship we've been on (about 16 cruises under our belt).

-Friendliest and most attentive staff of any ship.  We never saw our cabin steward.  He/she always gave us our privacy when we put the sign on our door, and the cabin was always cleaned promptly when we left to do activities.

-B.B. King's Blues Lounge was rockin', and guests were dancing every night.

-Ship's own singer and dancers were very talented, and productions were very good.

-Even with 2600 passengers, plus crew, the ship never felt crowded or had long lines for food, disembarkation, etc.

The Koningsdam's weaknesses:

-Long wait for embarkation on departure day.  That system needs a little "tweaking."

-Typical Caribbean itinerary, offering typical Caribbean tours.  Nothing special.

-Entertainers brought onboard were a little weak, consisting of jugglers and comedians. 

-Reservations for the dining room were hard to get.  Do this way ahead of time.

 

Overall, a very good ship and cruise!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Getting away from the cold

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

I would definitely recommend this cruise to everyone. It is not too long, has excellent ports and beaches along with enough sailing time to enjoy the ships amenities. The music and shows were excellent. My granddaughter especially enjoyed the afternoon teas with the small sandwiches and sweets.

It difficult to choose a favorite thing on the cruise, each day had a different highlight. Seeing whales, afternoon teas, the culture of San Juan, and the beautiful beaches of St Tomas, Grand Turks, and Half Moon Cay.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Very relaxing

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The cruise ship was amazingly beautiful, and the staff was wonderful.  I'm at a age where I like to relax but also have some activities available on the ship.  I appreciate that there are very few children but there could be more activities poolside that involve weveryone.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very good, nice ship some teething troubles

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The ship was mostly very good, the crew mostly Philippine and Malay were excellent, several attendees walked out.

Some components of the Spa did not work and were not repaired, locks in changing room, Heated pool temperature inconsistent. Spa staff seemed disinterested (especially the male trainer)

Entertainment mixed but generally good. juggler excellent and funny, one comedian last evening was badly inappropriate several cruisers got up and left the show.

Food not as good as other Holland America cruises but still very good (just not excellent) Menu a little limited. Dinning room staff seemed overworked, which caused first and second sitting to overlap twice. 

Lido food very good better variety that dinning room. More trash cans needed especially for disposing of used tea bags.

 

Still a very good cruise, I am a bit picky, good time, I would recommend this cruise to others.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Quick cruise get away!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Highly recommend this ship as it is new. The staff were pleasant and cheerful ALL the time. The rooms were spacious for each category. .Don't forget to check if balcony is obstructed as you will be angry to have paid for balcony views but don't get it! Passengers are generally middle age to retirees and more travel saavy rather than a party ship. The special dining restaurants were done very well but pricey..( Lunch specials there were only $10 so watch for that).. The spa was organized and daily deals were a good price. The classes were varied and repeated.   There is no library and hard to find area to play cards without noise.

 

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Be sure to visit the Grand Dutch Cafe for delicious treats that are complimentary.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand

The Tamarind restaurant was well worth the price. We highly recommend the Blend if you like wine. We really enjoyed the Spa area although the cost of the thermal pool and steam room area was expensive.

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It was one of the nicest ships on which we have sailed.

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