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Koningsdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Koningsdam

10 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 18, 2018

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6037

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

It was a very enjoyable cruise. This was my first 10 night cruise and I would love to do it again.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
This was one of the longest times I have ever waited to get on a ship. There was a huge area with people waiting and we were given the number 15 to board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We had dinner every night in the dining room and the food was excellent. The Market Place buffet was good but still hectic getting your food to a table. For the most part, it wasn't too hard finding a table most times. We did not eat at any specialty restaurants.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
It was hard, of course, to find a lounge chair on sea days. I actually went at 7:45 two mornings and some people had put things down on chairs to save them. I just stayed and enjoyed the quiet before everyone got there. I did miss steel drum music. They also had a giant screen in the pool area where they showed movies at night. During the morning all that was on that screen was drops of water and some geometric design. What a waste! They only had some recorded music and it didn't seem as good. We went to an afternoon tea and it was good, but I missed the High Dutch Tea that I had enjoyed on the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We went to the shows at the On World Stage every night and they were very good. Listened some to B.B.Kings Blues Club.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had open dining so we had different waiters every evening. They all did an outstanding job. The waiters in the Market Place were very good also. Our room stewards did an excellent job of keeping our room clean and we loved the towel animals and chocolates EVERY NIGHT.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship design is very nice. There was always someone cleaning. There were beautiful flower arrangements several places on the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The size was ok. I thought there was a little less storage than on some other ships. The beds were comfortable and the linens were great. I was expecting it to be nice as the ship is only 2 years old.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Easy to get to. Did not do an excursion

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
I love this island. It is so beautiful. The water was so clear. I rented a clam shell there.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
I have been there before. Did not do an excursion.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
I love the new Amber Cove pool area and it was free! Very nice!!

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
Just shopped in port. Went to some shops and a big open air market place.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
The walk way from the ship to the fort where there were shops was very nice. We took the ferry over to the town and shopped and ate lunch. Loved the pink, blue, yellow, and green buildings.

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
We were there on a Sunday and many of the stores were closed but we did a little shopping.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We did luggage direct (which is awesome and so worth the $25) so we were off the ship by 8:30 a.m. Our flight wasn't until 4:30 so we got a day room and were able to enjoy the pool, eat lunch and take it easy. So much better than sitting on the hard chairs at the airport for 7 hours.
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