Extraordinary Northern Adventure

Koningsdam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

4.4 out of 5
Koningsdam

21 Night Northern Isles & Viking Sagas (Amsterdam Roundtrip)

Sail Date: August 06, 2017

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 10055

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

Overall a really wonderful cruise, but without a doubt Iceland was the best part. We really feel we could spend weeks in Iceland and not see everything. The only drawback of course is the cost. A cruise is an economical way to get a feel for it, and the three stops we made were perfect. We had one pretty rocky day at sea and lots of people were sick - but the size of the ship made it quite manageable.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Extremely efficient embarkation in Amsterdam - lines moved quickly and was very well organized.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Everything we tried was excellent. We primarily used the Lido cafeteria style because we all have different food preferences. I would have liked to try Tamarind. We did try the Dutch Cafe - food was ok, coffee ok - we only did it once. We went to the Deli/Pizza spot quite a bit - very convenient and tasty

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
all good - no standouts

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Production values for the shows were great - really excellent and engaging stage and performers were great with couple of exceptional standouts (two of the dancers and the female singer). BB King was amazing as usual

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
really amazing - room stewards were lovely, and as usual there are always a couple of really excellent people at every station. Well trained, and service-oriented.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I thought the layout was clever. They added multi-purpose space in quite a few spots, which was a great idea.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
perfectly fine cabin - there were three of us, so once the bed came down it was a bit cramped, but really very functional otherwise. We three could fit on the balcony if one of us sat on the footstool (which was fine). There was some noise from the Lido pool deck during the movies, but as we were typically watching one in the room anyway it didn't matter much

Ship Tip

eat breakfast by the pool as there are far fewer people there.

Ports Of Call

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Amsterdam has plenty to do for anyone's interests.

Edinburgh, Scotland

4 out of 5
We arrived in Edinburgh for Fringe Fest and INternational Art Festival. As a result, we took in a play. It was terrific and we felt very lucky. There were loads of great street performers (and some not so great). The castle was good, but honestly not my favourite part. The second day we hired a taxi driven by Terry and he took us to St Andrews along the coast. It was a lovely day of visiting countryside.

Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland

4 out of 5
Urquart Castle and Lock Ness were beautiful. We hired a taxi and went there. Our driver didn't really listen to what we wanted so we ended up not having enough time to get to Culloden (which is too bad). If you hire a taxi, make sure they listen to what you want not what they want you to do.

Reykjavik, Iceland

5 out of 5
We didn't even get in to the city - instead we hired a car and drove first day out the peninsula (we got in late so couldn't do as much as we wanted). The second day in the car we did the golden circle tour and we were amazed at the beautiful scenery. Really make sure that you spend time out of the city in this port, stunning!

Isafjordur, Iceland

5 out of 5
We went online to get tickets for an excursion in the fjord - saw loads of humpbacks and took in the spectacular scenery. Truly beautiful

Akureyri, Iceland

4 out of 5
We did no excursions here and were very happy with that choice. the city has a free bus and one of the routes takes you all around so you can see everything. we then walked along the harbour to the old town, which was lovely. They have done a fantastic job on the waterfront, and it's easy to tour by yourself. We had lunch at the Blaa Kanan cafe - which was good and typically expensive. The port souvenir shop has the best deals

Alesund, Norway

4 out of 5
We did no excursions here - just got out, took the little tourist train tour - and enjoyed the town. It's quite pretty.

Bergen, Norway

4 out of 5
We took a pretty pricey taxi to the Stave Church and were very happy to have done so. There's a nice walk to the church and while it's a reproduction it is nonetheless remarkable. We also took the tourist train here because we didn't want to wait 2 hours for the funicular, nor did we want the hop on hop off. the little train has a lookout stop and it suited us fine. We walked back to the ship along the harbour and enjoyed the old wharf. It was really fantastic.

Flaam, Norway Did not visit port

Stavanger, Norway Did not visit port

Kristiansand, Norway Did not visit port

Oslo, Norway Did not visit port

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Again - very well organized. If you follow the instructions, the whole procedure is quite smooth.
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