Great trip... but budget in advance

Koningsdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 47

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Koningsdam

11 Night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 22, 2017

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8045

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Great but costly

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We spent very little time in the cabin. It was adequate and well kept. We did find the beds to be rather hard.

Ship tip

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.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

2 out of 5

Castries, St. Lucia

3 out of 5

Bridgetown, Barbados

2 out of 5

Fort-De-France, Martinique

3 out of 5

Basseterre, St. Kitts

2 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
Consider taking a taxi to Coki beach... it's beautiful and less crowded

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
Book a cabana before the trip. It's is expensive, but well worth the money. Doing so will give you all the amenities and allow you to have a cool comfy place to spend the entire day on a the most beautiful beach.
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