Almost very good

Koningsdam Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 67

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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15 Night Passage To America (Rome To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: October 03, 2017

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7047

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Having cruised before with Celebrity, this was our first trip with HAL. Would choose Celebrity in future, all things considered, just because the little details were better executed in our opinion.


5 out of 5
Everything was straightforward and well organised. Being able to gain access to our cabin after we boarded was a bonus.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The overall food quality was good. By the end of the cruise however the quality of the fresh fruit and salad was declining. We ate mainly in the main dining room and generally the choices were adequate. We ate twice in the Pinnacle and the extra level of service was noticeable.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We were disapponted that the area around the sports court was undergoing maintenance and the decking had lots of what seemed tar spots on them. The loungers also looked as if they needed a good power hosing.


4 out of 5
We really enjoyed the piano performances by Joel Bowman in the Ocean Bar, but were otherwise somewhat underwhelmed. The choice of piped music on the decks was particularly irritating to our taste.

Children's Programs

No children in our group

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Overall was good, with plenty of smiles etc. Howwever the service in the main dining room was sometimes stretched, especially at breakfast, as we had to ask several times for orange juice, coffee, butter, cups etc.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
With it being a new ship it was what we expected. However, as already mentioned the loungers looked dirty and the deck area around the sports court were covered in what looked like tar spots.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Everything was excellent. Really enjoyed the large shower area.

Ship tip

The overall age was high and this could be an issue for some travellers

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Did not visit port

Joined the ship

Alicante, Spain

4 out of 5
Took the hop on hop off tour and then went for a stroll along the shopping area and the promenade.

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5
We really enjoyed this port. Easy walk into the city center with plenty to see and do.

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Took the hop on hop off trip and then walked through the center and the ocean front.

Funchal, Madeira

5 out of 5
Again used the hop on hop off bus and also used the cable car independently.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

Left to go home


4 out of 5
The overall experience was good, only spolied by the number of passengers who continued not to heed the messages not to gather at the disembarkation area unless their bag color was called. This should be more strongly enforced.
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