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Koningsdam Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Koningsdam

14 Night Passage To Rome (Ft. Lauderdale To Rome)

Sail date: March 28, 2018

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Our first transatlantic was a smashing success. Time flew by and enjoyed every minute of it.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
A little slow perhaps but it all is about timing.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Grand Dutch Café

4 out of 5

A unique and new experience for us on HAL ships. Great for snacks, light meals or just afternoon tea. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. Try the bitterballen or pea soup.

Blend

3 out of 5

It was an interesting experience but overpriced for the outcome. Our sommelier was very knowledgable and engaging. She made it worthwhile.

Pinnacle Grill

4 out of 5

I've have always enjoyed the Pinnacle Grill in terms of ambience and personal attention. Sometimes the steak orders are a little off but they are quick to amend to ensure you have a memorable experience.

Tamarind Restaurant

5 out of 5

A favourite of our group. My wife and I went twice and enjoyed totalling different fare each experience being wonderful. A lovely menu offering something for everyone. Its position aft of the ship provides lovely views, which because we were travelling east were sunsets.

Ocean Bar

4 out of 5

A regular before dinner place for our group. It is well positioned close to all the dining options. Service was good but be careful you don't over indulge in the hor d'oeuvres or you won't have room for dinner.

Culinary Arts Center

4 out of 5

Isn't overley conducive to groups of six or more in terms of places to sit. However, the food made up for it and we enjoyed sampling each others choices.

Canaletto

4 out of 5

Like the new set up on the Konningsdam. More intimate than a hived off section of the buffet area. They could go further. As a group of six we shared plates which was a great way to sample different dishes.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

The Retreat

5 out of 5

This is indeed a hidden gem onboard the Konningsdam. Mind you the temperature hovered around 20 degrees Celcius the days we used it making not as busy perhaps as it would be in the Caribbean. It is for sure a great way to spend a sea day. It is privately located on the 12th deck. You can start in the early morning for breakfast and stay until late afternoon. The personalized service provides attentive staff to bring you drinks and food right to your cabana.

Signature Shops

4 out of 5

Nicely spread out and not clumped in just one area. You can browse easily and the staff are attentive and helpful.

Guest Services

4 out of 5

At times there is a line up but they move through it fairly quickly while still giving each guest their undivided attention and sincere efforts to solve their issues.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Dancing and singing shows were outstanding.

Queen's Lounge

5 out of 5

Spent fare too many late nights listening to the BB King's Allstars and then later closing the disco. Much better set up than my experience on other Holland ships.

World Stage

5 out of 5

I didn't see all the venues but the dancing and singing was some of the best I've seen at sea. Clearly HAL has put a lot of thought into the entertainment on board and the World Stage showcases some of the best. The unique multi screened venue is state of the art and adds a whole new dimension to the performances.

Lincoln Center Stage

4 out of 5

While I didn't spend a lot of time there when I did it was fantastic and very professional. Clearly HAL has put a lot of effort into the quality of musicians and performers. Worth spending some time at.

Billboard Onboard

4 out of 5

Enjoyed the duelling pianos. The musicians were entertaining and engaging. A warm and fun atmosphere.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Try the different dining venues.

Ports of call

Ponta Delgada, Azores

4 out of 5
Engaged a private tour guide who was very knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the history and culture of the island.

Malaga, Spain

4 out of 5

Cartagena, Spain

4 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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