Southern Caribbean 11 day Sunfarer Vista B Suite October 17, 2018 Koningsdam

Koningsdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5

10 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 18, 2018

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8106

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Even though I was disappointed with the Koningsdam I am still a fan of HAL. Doing the Panama Canal in October on the Zuiderdam and will hopefully find the “magic” again.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
My cousin and I started out with a table in the Magain dining room in a corner, behind a partition, next to the fire exit door. We moved to a much nicer table the next evening. Service was very slow and disorganized. Waiters were not typical of HAL, no personality. Food portions were extremely small. Lido was much better but crazy crowded. Did not venture to any specialty restaurants.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Always something to do. We went to the pool each day. Water in Lido pool was quite green until the last day when they finally cleaned the water....huge difference. The other pool was way too hot, like a sauna. Trouble finding a lounge chair everyday. Bartenders were miserable.


5 out of 5
Loved the entertainment. Dancers were amazing. Loved the Comedian/Magician.

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Room stewards were very nice but not as friendly as ones from other HAL cruises. Waiters were slow, not very friendly and didn’t know the menu very well.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was very beautiful and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
This room is considered a Vista Suite but be aware, there is nothing in this cabin that would put it in the Suite category. Great storage, very nice bathroom. It was very quiet. Smaller than I expected but I usually stay in n SA Suite so that might be the problem.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
I could spend my whole vacation here. Rented the Green Cabana. We always try to get one on every cruise.

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

4 out of 5

Kralendijk, Bonaire

3 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
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