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  1. Spendin some time on the big K-dam from Ft. Lauderdale with stops at Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Kralendijk, Willemstad and Oranjestad
  2. Wendy-Europe

    TV at Koningsdam

    I searched the forum but did not find an answer: Is it possible to "plug in" something via USB at the TV - I miss the dvd players at Holland America - I loved to catch up my favourite series during a TA - I could do that on my phone but would prefer to watch it on a bigger screen.... Thanks Wendy
  3. teacherman

    Koningsdam Questions

    We have previously sailed on HAL 3 times, but that was several years ago and on some of their "smaller" ships. Since then, we have sailed only on RCCL and Celebrity, which we have enjoyed, especially the Diamond Lounge cocktail hours, as we have access to those. We are now considering an 11 night cruise on the Koningsdam for next spring, as we like the itinerary. We have tried to do research on the ship, but it seems to offer some conflicting opinions. So, if some of you that have been on it could please answer some questions, it would be most appreciated. 1. I have heard that there are very few public areas that offer views of the ocean. Is this true, as we enjoy a view.? (We will have a balcony, but do not want to spend the whole cruise on it). 2. There is a daily "happy hour" offered with reduced drinks. Is this true and if so, what time is it offered? 3. The balconies on the fore and aft of deck 4 are larger, but have steel railings rather than plexi-glass. Is this true? 4. For "My Time Dining", or whatever it is called, there are very few tables for 2 available. Is this true? 5. There is very little shaded area available near to the pools. And HAL offers more smoking areas than other cruise lines. Is this true? This may seem somewhat "picky" but we enjoy certain things while on a cruise and we are just trying to see what we might get to experience. Any advice/information on these topics is welcome. Thank you.
  4. poinsettiaplate

    Koningsdam stateroom questions

    When I was on the K'dam a few years ago, I felt that my standard verandah stateroom was smaller than other HAL ships and other cruise lines. I see on their website that they list a wide range of square footage for the standard verandah. How does one find one of the ones with more sq ft? Is it hidden somewhere on the website? Are Vista Suites substantially larger?
  5. barb-ottawa

    Koningsdam Question

    Sailing on the Koningsdam in March - first time on this class of ship. On other HAL ships, we have enjoyed the lounge chairs on the Promenade decks looking out over the ocean. I understand this is not available on the Koningsdam. Where can one enjoy the ocean and relative quiet on a lounge chair in the shade on this ship (we do not have a verandah)?
  6. 3 Star Mariner and love HAL. Did a January 11 day cruise. This is my 2nd time on this ship. Lovely ship with terrific ambiance. HAL does have a nice feel to it for me. We had done an RCCL cruise before this one to Cuba. Absolutely bare bones, small ship but one of the few choices for Cuba in January. Have been on RCCL before. Was not expecting much. We were very surprised that we liked the food on RCCL better than HAL this year. I know food is subjective. We liked the menu better on RCCL. Did eat in Tamarind one night which is wonderful. Also did the buffet one night to see if this would make us happier. Service there was awful. We had to clear our own table when it came time for dessert. Waiter was there but skirted around us and never came near us. Who knows. Absolutely shocked that we preferred RCCL food to HAL because I sing HAL praises to all my friends who cruise. Was surprised to see HAL is beginning to charge for a 2nd entrée. We saw many people eating 2 entrees in January but don't think the charge had started then. On RCCL they kept asking us if we wanted another entrée/no charge. We didn't because we couldn't finish what we had. Also not a fan of the Orange Club concept. Probably jealousy on my part but I was not willing to pay an extra $100 a day for small dining room with expanded services. Still a fan of HAL and will cruise with them again.
  7. teacherman

    Quick Koningsdam Review

    We cruised on HAL 10 years ago. Since that time, we have been exclusively Celebrity/RCCL and have "upper tier" status with both. We decided to try something different, and yesterday returned home from an 11 night cruise on Koningsdam. WOW. Loved the ship, entertainment, food, and service. I had heard that HAL was trying to appeal to a younger generation. Well, we are in our 70s and it must be our generation, because the Rock and Roll room and BB King's Blues Club were full each night with many people dancing and singing along with the songs. We enjoyed Tamarind and Pinnacle Grill, feeling both were superior to anything we have yet experienced on RCCL. We are scheduled for Zuiderdam this summer and Zaandam next January. We realize that the older ships cannot compare to a new ship, but, hopefully, the food, service, and entertainment will still be very enjoyable. I plan to share our great cruise with my friends on the RCCL board.
  8. On the Jan-Feb 2019 cruises (at least) on the Koningsdam, the CD Thomas Weber has been hosting a series of "Meet the Artist" sessions. These were about an hour long, and consisted of Thomas asking a few background questions and then taking questions from the audience. These featured the Lincoln Center group, the BB King group, the Rolling Stone Rock Room group, and the Billboard duo. Attendance was good, the questioning was lively, and the performers seemed happy to participate. Thomas said that this was somewhat of an experiment. Through the years I have noted on the HAL after-cruise surveys that it is unfair and disrespectful that the performers in its entertainment groups are not identified. Who were the HALcats, and the Neptunes, and the Adagio, and the Singers and Dancers ? At any other entertainment there would be a playbill, or handout flyer, or at least a poster naming the performers. There has been some progress on this - there now are occasional flyers with short bios of the Lincoln Center performers, and on the Koningsdam one of the video panels cycles through these. Due to an overlooked comment card I was able to meet the HD Santosh and he connected me with Mikey, the Entertainment Coordinator. He said that this issue has been discussed and some thought is being given to it. The Lincoln Center info is available because it is produced by RWS Entertainment (the contractor for LC Onboard) and given to HAL. BB King and Rock Room are contracted from Beale Street Blues Co, and they have not been providing that sort of directly usable promo material. The "Meet the Artist" sessions are nice, but they do not really address the need to identify the performers. Artists deserve that recognition. Clearly HAL knows who they are - it would not be very hard to put a poster with their names in each venue - even it it had to be updated every three months when the contracts changed. And it shouldn't be too hard for the HAL IT department to put up their bios on the video panels since they have the LC as a template.
  9. The two newest ships for Holland America are traveling together from St. Thomas to Half Moon Cay. This is Koningsdam as seen off the port side of Nieuw Statendam
  10. My family and I just returned from the Koningsdam 11 day cruise. I went on this cruise unsure how I would like the style of the K, I am happy to report I LOVED the ship. Here is a brief review, please ask any questions, I will try to answer best I can. First this was a group of 19 family and friends, 4 of them were my cousins from Nebraska whom we haven't seen in a very long time. The time we were able to spend together was invaluable. Embarkation on was quick and easy. We arrived at the port about 10:30 am and were onboard by noon, cabins were ready when we boarded. Cabins - we were on on deck 6 aft balcony cabins. These cabins were definitely a tad bit smaller than the Vista style but they were not terrible, still well appointed. The verandah's I found to be the same size we enjoyed on the Vista style, we thoroughly enjoyed them. The bathrooms, while the toilet is angled slightly weird, it wasn't all that bad. We loved these cabins, for us they worked well. Service, don't need to say much here, the Phillipino and Indonesians are terrific, over worked, but still never a complaint and always service with a smile. Food, MDR we found to be excellent as well as the Lido, but I am happy when I don't have to prepare, cook and clean up the dishes, so take my food thoughts with a grain of salt. We ate at the Pinnacle Grill with their new menu, not impressed. Service was sporadic, some in the group were served quicker than others. Food quality was not what I remembered, I had the Alaskan Crab Legs and they were delicious, I ordered the lobster as an added cost, coming from New England, not worth the up charge. Desserts were ok but they no longer offer the chocolate volcano cake 😟. One thing they did not offer in the MDR which I was really disappointed with is no escargot on the 2nd Gala Night, but they did have delicious jumbo shrimp so I was ok with that, but still disappointed. Entertainment, I only went to a couple of shows and they were good, BBKings I found to be excellent, but the Rock Room, disappointing, this group seemed to be going through something, they just couldn't get it together, but by the end of the cruise, they seemed to be a lot better, so perhaps they had a new band member or two, not sure. All in all I think these two venues are a great addition. Casino, I did not spend any time in here as the smoke was thick, I can't stand to be in a place like that. The smoke did whiff into the halls, be aware if cigarette smoke bothers you. We we did book onboard for 2021 on the Nieuw Statendam, we really enjoyed this style ship, there just seemed to be something for everyone in our group. We had a great time and cannot wait for our next cruise. Please let me know if I can answer any questions.
  11. I've found the magnetic walls on Carnival ships very useful for hanging our paperwork, etc. I''ll be sailing on the Koningsdam soon and wondering if I should bring my magnetic hooks with me.
  12. Hi, very occasional cruiser (4, taken over 20+ years). I've always go straight to CC forums for info when I'm looking! I was thinking it was about time for the bucket list Alaska cruise when I saw HAL's reduced deposit promotion and decided to go ahead an do it. I've narrowed things down quite a bit and I'm looking at either the Koningsdam or Eurodam in late May 2020. The same standard Veranda in generally the same location is just about the same on each ship. The itinerary is slightly different, Eurodam sails from Seattle so there is a day at sea, while the Koningsdam has inside passage on two days, up and back from Vancouver. Eurodam does Sitka, Koningsdam does Skagway. We want to see Tracy Arm -- Koningsdam has a drop off for an excursion on the way to Juneau, whereas Eurodam says it sails up the Stephens Passage straight to Juneau, but we can catch an excursion from Juneau to Tracy Arm. So, there doesn't appear to be a ton of difference in itinerary, but maybe I'm missing something since we've never been to the area. I don't think we can go wrong, but I'd appreciate any feedback people have, especially people who have sailed on the Eurodam and Koningsdam (I know the Koningsdam hasn't sailed to Alaska before). Thanks everybody!
  13. colonialinnkeeper

    Update on Koningsdam Library

    First reports were that the library was not well stocked with materials. Could recent cruisers report on the library as it is now? Thanks. Lauri
  14. Currently on Koningsdam. No CNBC on tv channel. no more production shows with singers and dancers .The void will be filled in with groups of entertainers such as singers pianists and jugglers. The way it was explained is that there were complaints that many of the shows were to repetitious . Also management feels that the void has been filled by Lincoln Center, BB Kings and the rolling stone rock café
  15. Looking at getting cabin above MDR on Koningsdam - perhaps 4209, 4207 or 4180. Has anyone experienced noise issues above the MDR? Appreciate any info.
  16. I will be sailing on the Koningsdam this June (11 day Ancient Empire cruise) and I wanted to know if they offer an unlimited photo package, and if so, how much it would be. I have read other CC boards saying that for a time, there was a $99 deal where you could get all digital photos but one post saying that this was increased to $300)+! Is this still the case? Does HAL offer an unlimited printed photo package? We have been with RCL and purchased their unlimited photo package. We took advantage of this and took photographers with basically every photographer we could find! How available are the photographers with HAL and are there a lot of photo opportunities to make the unlimited package worth it? For RCL, we had photos in the port (on the dock), at the dinner table for their gala nights, on the promenade level before/after gala night, and other times when we would see a photographer out and about. Full folders stuffed to the brim of professional pictures certainly made the unlimited package worth it!
  17. I'm a first time cruiser and I have celiac's disease and therefore must eat gluten free. I'm concerned I will be sick. Anyone with experience on this ship?
  18. PatLuv

    Koningsdam Question

    We did our first cruise on Prinsendam last summer,and loved HAL so much we are going again in March.Does Koningsdam have laundromat facilities also? Also any tips would be appreciated!
  19. We are scheduled to board Koningsdam at Port Everglades on Wednesday, Feb 13. Sailing time is 5:00. Our boarding passes say embarkation time is 1:00. Is that when it begins, or when they suggest we board to "stagger" arrivals? When do they begin to allow passengers to board? We had hoped to have lunch in the DR on boarding day. Would a 1:00 pm boarding allow us to do that? This is our first HAL cruise in about 10 years, so any information/advice is welcome. Thank you.
  20. Has anyone else noticed that this Koningsdam tile has been misprinted? The outline of the top of the Hotel New York in Rotterdam is upside-down! Turning it right-side-up and placing it at the bottom (as it is done on some other tiles) would overprint the artwork of the ship. Looks like they needed to draw another view of the ship. Oops!
  21. Received the below notice this morning with specific boarding times for the Koningsdam leaving Port Everglades on 4/7. We are 4-star and usually arrive at the terminal around 11am with plenty of time to get into our cabin before going to the MDR for lunch. Does this mean if we were to arrive at 11, we wouldn’t be able to board until 1pm? Never received a notification like this before. Thanks for your advice! We would like to provide you with important information regarding your sailing. To enhance the check-in and boarding experience, we ask that guests arrive at the terminal based on the following times. Guests who have booked a transfer or hotel package with Holland America will be provided a check-in time at the airport or hotel. 1:00 PM - Deck 7 & Deck 10 2:30 PM - Deck 5 1:30 PM - Deck 8 & Deck 11 3:00 PM - Deck 4 2:00 PM - Deck 6 3:30 PM - Deck 1 We invite our 4 and 5 Star Mariners, Pinnacle and Neptune Suite guests to arrive anytime between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Boarding will commence shortly after check in. All guests must be onboard 1 hour prior to sailing. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, and look forward to welcoming you onboard.
  22. diamondj

    Koningsdam shows

    About to join Koningsdam and would like to know what sort of shows could we expect in main theatre area and what time do they start. Many thanks and Happy New Year. 😎🎉
  23. I've seen little written about this. Any experiences? Is it worth it?
  24. [ Tue 11-Dec-2018 ] One word: F A N T A S T I C Wow. Incredible. Awesome. Dynamic. Fun. The band rocked the room, the crowd rocked the ship! Do you like to watch, listen, sit, stand, clap, shake, bounce &/or dance? In the immortal words of Nike, just do it! Congratulations to HAL, they hit it out of the park with this one. A Grand Slam home run! For this entertainment venue alone Mrs. Dogstar & I would definitely return to the K'dam, & her sister Nieuw Statendam, again & again. Roll it out across the HAL fleet asap, please. R O C K O N ! ! ! 🤘🏻😎🤘🏻 *** Posting this from beachside bar in Anse Mitan (Martinique) so wifi is slow. Will share more photos & video later. For now it's back to the beach, ocean & bevvies! ***
  25. Lots of sick passengers on the February 3rd sailing...
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