Nice Caribbean cruise, on-board ship experience a C+

Koningsdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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21 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 24, 2019

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5103

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Nice weather and calm seas. Except for the food, shipboard life was relatively good. All of the ports of call were good.


5 out of 5
Very smooth boarding process, room was ready

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food mediocre at best, especially the buffets. Poor variety but, most importantly, it did not look appetizing and the meat and chicken, in most meals, just did not taste good. If this were an on-land restaurant at home I would not return after one visit. Hand washing machine are great.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Acupuncture for my wife's bad back significantly helped her enjoy the cruise


4 out of 5
Entertainment was pretty good, one outstanding performer, Jo Little.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Room steward was excellent. Most of the wait staff was good. Some of the buffet staff were a bit rude, ex. when walking towards you, on many occasions, you had to move out of their way, even when they were not carrying trays or other items.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Yes to all

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Good size, nice bathroom, night light was great, plenty of storage, good entertainment system. The room was presented as an unobstructed Verandah Stateroom. Not so, when standing or sitting on the balcony, the only way to get an unobstructed view was to look up into the sky. Otherwise, when you looked down towards the ocean, all you saw was the tops of the rescue boats. Not a nice view and certainly not worth the additional expense for a balcony. It looked like most of the deck 5 Verandah Staterooms had this view. I have a picture if anyone is interested.

Ship tip

If you want a decent balcony get a deck 6 or higher room. Also, bring along a lot of snacks.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Embarking and debarking was very smooth and relatively quick. Very close to transportation.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
Very nice port. Did not take an excursion, walked through a good bit of the town.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Curacao is a wonderful place to visit. Did not take an excursion, visited some of the shops and bars that we had dealt with over the years.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Another very nice place to visit,many nice shops and restaurants.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
First visit to Amber Cove and it definitely exceeded my expectations.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
A very nice port. We took an island excursion and very much enjoyed our visit.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
First time to Half Moon Cay. Very nice experience despite a somewhat overcast day. Wliireturn at some point.


5 out of 5
Very smooth and efficient.
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