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Koningsdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Koningsdam

11 Night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 06, 2019

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8032

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We found our first time on HAL a great experience. The Kossingsdam was newer ship and well maintained. We liked the food and room and would go again.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Everything went smoothly. Baggage was delivered promptly to room.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We found the food in all the specialty restaurants and buffets good and prepared well. Liked the choices.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Enjoyed the selection of on board activities, good choices.

Entertainment

Did not attend entertainment

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room stewards were best we had encountered on cruise ships. The bar, restaurant staff were very friendly and professional and made the cruise very enjoyable.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The modern design was great and seemed more open than other ships.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Liked the larger shower and modern items in the room, TV, power connects, closets.

Ports of call

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

Just a overnight in hotel before the cruise

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
No excursion food ones we wanted were full. But nice beach in the town center with choices on restaurants.

Castries, St. Lucia

3 out of 5
Did the around trolley train town tour which as just so so on sights. The tour staff were more entertaining.

Soufriere, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
Nice scenic sail by the mountains (Pinons)

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Took the Best of Barbados tour we liked seeing the inland areas and especially the old sugar plantation and rum demo. The was the best stop on the cruise would go again.

Fort-De-France, Martinique

1 out of 5
Did not do a tour. Town was dirty and not worth the short walk around. Vendors on the pier were the best part of stop. Priced in Euros and much higher than other islands.

Daylight Cruise Past Mount Pelee Did not visit port

Do not remember a Mount Pelee

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Did the tour Brimstone Fortress UNESCO World Heritage Site & Romney Gardens. this was good tour and interesting history and sites on the island.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

2 out of 5
Did the Panoramic Drive, Mountain Top & Aerial Skyride to Paradise Point tour. Panoramic drive not worth the money. You are crammed too many into benches on flatbed truck. Do not take tour back to ship, so you had to walk from Aerial Skyride. The Aerial sky-ride you can walk to your self from the ship. Nice views and lunch on top of the harbor.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
No tour, just time on the beach. Like the included Beach BBQ which was from the ship and their staff.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
Fair, seemed not very organized by port staff. Giving confusing directions and a long wait to remove your luggage to go through customs. The bags were there went we dismebarked but had to wait port staff to give permission.
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