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
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.
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.
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