Beautiful Ship, Great Cruise
Koningsdam Cruise Review to Caribbean
No cruise is perfect, but this was close enough.First time on a NEW ship and first time on a really BIG ship. Loved all of it. The ship was sparkling, sleek and modern, like a 5-star resort/hotel. Service was always good. Food was good with many options. Entertainment was awesome, especially the 'big' productions when the stage is set up to accommodate the dancers, who were some of the best I've ever seen, and I've been cruising Holland America for twenty years, so as a four-star mariner, I've pretty much seen it all. The first leg of the journey (10 days) we had a balcony stateroom, because I booked the cruise late, and they were out of suites. It was comfortable enough with plenty of storage. The second part (9 days) we moved into a Signature Suite which was perfect. It was spacious, and had lots of 'extra' perks, like complimentary Mimosa in the morning, and a 'special' breakfast menu including complimentary steaks. The two rooms were separate, a sleeping area and an office type of room; the bathroom had double sinks, a spa tub, and a separate shower, all really nice. The lighting was great, lamps everywhere, every closet had it's own lighting, and there were plenty of electrical sockets throughout. The balcony was large enough to accommodate four people comfortably. The switch-over, back in Ft. Lauderdale, was quick and easy; refreshments and entertainment were provided during the transition, which took less than one hour. The ports were fun, most of which didn't require a tender. Although the casino wasn't as big as some of the other ships, it did had a nice selection of table games and slots. (BTW, although this isn't advertised anywhere, the casino offers large discounts on future cruises if you spend a lot of money there, and will provide free alcohol, if you ask a casino manager, but again, you have be spending a lot of money to get these perks.). The only problems I encountered had nothing to do with Holland America, or the ship itself; the other passengers were the problem. Some people don't want to hold a door for two little seconds while it closes, and prefer to let it slam shut. Bang, bang, bang, all day and night. Same case with the balcony doors, that all connect, and when the ship is out at sea, the doors rattle really loudly, and no one knows enough to push a piece of balcony furniture up against it and it will stop rattling!! Holland America chould probably post a little sign somewhere in the room, maybe "please close your door quietly". But it takes all kinds, as they say. Some people are just plain inconsiderate. I loved the cruise, and I highly recommend it.
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