The Fjords, cities and Norwegian countryside are beautiful. This is the best of Norway on a fantastic, new ship.
Being a new ship, the climate control in the cabin works well and the rooms are well insulated so there are few noises other than the toilet flushing. The television could use more development. The initial volume level is scary and the channel selection is sparse.
Calculating the sun's lowest point, elevation and direction at the time of the Vernal Equinox was the most interesting activity for me. Experiencing the vast network of fjords of Norway was the most geographically and geologically interesting..
The piano quintet performances were outstanding entertainment.
This was our first time on Koningsdam but the third time with HollandAmerica Cruise Line. Food quality - as expected. Food service - poor. Some of the food-servers have an attitude that they do not like to serve you more food when asked. Most of them have no smile on their faces. Lido Market cleanliness - poor. We observed how the tables and chairs/seats are being cleaned: one little green towel is being used to clean more than 10 table tops; all the food residues are swept from the table tops to the chairs/seats; the same towel is used to clean more than 20+chairs and seats; the same towel is used again to clean the bottom of the tables. There is a big white bucket underneath the dirty dishes counter but contains very little water; however, we are not seeing the little green towel is being washed in the bucket. The floor is vacummed while the passages are still eating. We are forced to lift our feet so that our eating area can be vacuumed. The coffer/tea/water bars are always wet. Dining room service - good. Stateroom - bathroom is a plus; our housekeepers are keeping our stateroom clead and orderly; they are friendly and cheerful.
Had wonderful dining room service (hats off to Eddie) and great cabin steward (DaDang was really good), Jewelry store staff was terrific (Mariana, Lavinia and Eric). Alex with the Shore Excursions desk was outstanding in helping us pick out meaningful and physically doable tours. Did not like some of the changes to cruising that Holland America and other cruise lines are making. Food was mediocre, and limited in its variety. Main stage entertainment was nothing special, although I did like the fact that they had different lounges for different types of music,
I enjoyed the speaker who was a captain in the navy and a MD. He was very informative.
I loved Croatia. We had an excellent guide
I think the Greek islands that we had to tender to were beautiful
All the ports we were in were all great. My favorite was Santorini. I wish we stayed there for a few more days. One day is not really enough to really explore the place.
We loved our cruise and this new ship is just wonderful -- we loved the clean smooth fresh lines and how neat and clean everything is from top to bottom. The "Behind the Scenes" tour that was an additional USD150 was a nice way to see what happens behind the scenes but we were a bit sad that the captain was too busy to see the entire group for it's two-day tour. Nonetheless, the seas were not too rough and the entire staff was just over the top wonderful. A trip we will certainly make again in the near future!
I very much enjoyed the trip itself, the boat was new and modern, the food fantastic as well as the entertainment. Staff was helpful, friendly, and attentive. Wonderful people from all over the world, although mainly the Philippines and Indonesia.
I would highly recommend this way of travel to any who enjoy the water.
My favorite part of the cruise was going to the Islands, the Billboard piano players Sarah and Will and most of the shows. I didn't like, my cabin location, the food, the embarkation where you were boarded by your number and sat and waited and I felt like I was living in a nursing home for 11 days! I expected much more going on in the evening then the same two B B King and Billboard for 11 nights, early closures of lounges and eating places and I don't go in a smoke filled Casino, which was really disappointing. This was my first Holland America Cruise as I'm a Celebrity Cruiser and I don't plan on taking Holland America again. Very disappointed. It would be great if I was in my 80's and 90's! Good for those folks to be able to enjoy.
The new Koningsdam is a real gem with beautiful lines and a new contemporary look to go along with the old traditional charm.
The cabins and suites are roomy enough to make you feel at home with plenty of space to move around and storage to hold all of your clothes.
The food selections and quality were at a new high level of taste and diversity in all of the dining areas and special restaurants.
A new star on the ocean.
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