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  1. Hello all, I had a question for those of you that have sailed on the Koningsdam - are there outlets located near the bed? I am debating if I should bring an extension cord or a power bar. There are three of us in the cabin so we will need access to some electricity!!! We will be staying in a Neptune Suite if that affects the outlet situation. Thanks!! (I tried to do a quick search but I am at work, so I wasn’t able to find anything in my admittedly semi-distracted search. I apologize if this info is posted somewhere).
  2. We are recently back from the Koningsdam - 2019 Jan 23 - Feb 13. We were not impressed with the menus or the preparations in the MDR (as compared to previous HAL cruises) and so took advantage of Rudi's Sel de Mer. (Rather than Pinnacle, since we are not big steak eaters.) HAL launched the Sel de Mer (by Rudi Sodamin) concept on the Koningsdam, as a companion to the Pinnacle. As I recall, it was pitched as a seafood brasserie, an alternative to the steak-heavy Pinnacle. On the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam it is a stand-alone space entered around the atrium from the Pinnacle. They share an access hall to the kitchens. On the older ships Sel de Mer is a pop-up in the Pinnacle space with a special menu. We have not experienced it that way. It would seem that the 'primarily seafood' concept was not popular, and on the Koningsdam this restaurant is now pitched as "Rudi's" - with the Sel de Mer in small print. It now has a very varied and interesting menu. For some reason HAL made Rudi's menu a la carte, as opposed to the fixed price in Pinnacle. However, the cost of a meal is about the same. Rudi's offers the same discounts as Pinnacle for 3/4/5* Mariners. The a la carte pricing seems to be a psychological deterrent. Rudi's space is smaller than Pinnacle, feeling like a small fine restaurant. It has about a dozen tables of various sizes. When we were there, there were two very attentive hostesses (Lise and Rahul) and four waiters, all European professionals. In our six visits it was never full, and some nights some of the staff was detached to help in the MDR. Regardless, service was very good. Finally, to the menu. Roger Jett's scan of Rudi's menu It has enough variety for repeated visits - we ate there six times. The portions are large, so on the first visit we learned that an appetiser and main, or main and dessert, was plenty. The Fruits de Mer was a tower and more, and needed an auxiliary table. Looked great if you like that sort of thing. The Foie Gras was more than generous (by US restaurant standards) and expertly sauteed. The Pot au Feu is a meal - cast iron pot of rich broth and braised beef. The ratatouille side dish was very good, and a whole bowl, not a dollop. On the fish side of the entrees, the Branzino and the Dover Sole were both excellent and the moules (a pot with enough for two) very good. On the meat side, the cassoulet and the rack of lamb were excellent. We had the roast chicken in the MDR on "chef's night" and it was a full half chicken - very tasty but too much. Of the desserts, we liked the chocolate pot de creme best. The others were all big enough for two, and very good. Only the cheese plate fell down - just the same assortment as in the MDR. We would have sampled more of the menu if we had time. (Admittedly, as 4* we ate at 50% off) We encourage you to try it out. We are worried that HAL might decide to swap some bigger revenue-producer into the space if dinership does not pick up.
  3. Koningsdam: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Sail Dates: March 27, 2019 – April 7, 2019 Cabin: 6177, Verandah Stateroom Ports: Leaving out of Fort Lauderdale; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia with a Cruise of Soufriere Bay; Bridgetown Barbados; Fort-De-France, Martinique with a Daylight Cruise Passed Mount Pelee; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Captain: Darin Bowland Cruise Director: Nathan Hinojosa Hotel Director: Mustafa Galbahar Our Cruise Experience: First with HAL; 40 total Pre Cruise Stay: We decided to stay in Fort Lauderdale the night before so we booked a room at the Rodeway Inn Airport. They provided a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the cruise terminal, which you have to reserve when you check in. We arrived around 4:00 and found the waiting area for shuttles, called the hotel and the shuttle arrived within about 20-30 minutes. After we got into our room, it was close to dinner time so we decided to try Marina84, the hotel’s restaurant & bar. We’d read some reviews on it and they were mostly good. Since we didn’t have a car to go anywhere else, this was as good as any place. It was already doing a pretty good business when we went in and sat down. My husband ordered a hamburger and I ordered the French Dip…wish I’d ordered the hamburger! He said it was good and it looked good. My French Dip, however, was pretty bad. A fter dinner, we walked around checking out the hotel. It has a business center, which consists of two computers and I think a printer, located around the corner from the lobby. It has a shop in case you forgot something or want to buy other items. A pool of course, and the restaurant. Our room was nice with two full beds, TV, fridge, and a coffee maker. After we settled in for the night and were watching TV, the power went out. Once I found our flashlight, it came back on. Apparently lightening from the storm had struck a substation and caught the lines on fire causing the outage. It wasn’t out very long, but the next morning when I was getting ready for breakfast, it went out for a few hours. I was just getting out of the shower when it went out, and I had to put my makeup on with the trusty flashlight and couldn’t dry my hair. When the power finally came back on, we went for breakfast. I was not in a good mood, and breakfast took forever because everyone was so slow getting what they wanted. It’s one of those typical hotel breakfasts that has cereals, fruits, pastries, make your own waffles and pancakes, etc. As I said, I was not in a good mood with the power being out and this man walks in dressed as a yacht captain making jokes like this… “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking”. “That’s it, just your captain speaking.” Well some people thought it was funny, I, however, did not. He walked around the room making jokes with people and fortunately for him, he did not stop at our table. Shuttle time…we had reserved seats on the first shuttle to the terminal which left a little after 9:30. It was supposed to be 10:00, but we were ready and actually glad it was leaving earlier. I hope no one missed it!
  4. It's been a few years since our last cruise on Holland, and it may very well have been our last. For reference, the cruise date was March 17, 10 days to ABC islands with other ports. It appears that Holland, and rightfully so, has embarked on a campaign to reduce food waist. In the Lido restaurant they now dispense the food rather than allow self serve. Great idea. Some Holland ships are testing the idea of charging for an additional entree in the main dining room. Bad idea. They don't seem to care about the dietary needs of those desiring no sugar added desserts. Bad idea. No sugar free dessert on the chocolate parade featured on the 9th evening of the cruuse. Bad decision. But most appalling of all was the extra charge for a second entree in a specialty restaurant where we had already paid $25 pp for dinner. Overall, the food and service were just ok, but the shows were not. They have cut back to where there were no singers, only dancers for the production shows. The was only 2 production shows with encore performances in the last two nights. There was four shows, a comedian, ventriloquist, magician and singer, that were basically average. The music walk was ok. Reading this review, one might ask why would this be your last cruise on Holland. well here's why. Holland used to be just a little better than the competition. In my opinion they have lowered themselves to meet a lower expectation. They are using the spirit airlines approach of nickel and diming themselves to profitability. They used to distinguish themselves by making their mostly repeat customers feel special. That's no longer true. I can sail on Royal or Norwegian or any of the other average cruise lines of I want average. That was not my expectations.
  5. I saw the Koningsdam does not have a Main Theater but a World Stage. What exactly is that?
  6. We recently sailed this ship .The pool where the steps are in about waist deep with water ;but ,as you move to what you might think is the deeper end it in fact lowers to about 2 feet ,' There is one very large jacuzzi ;however the 2 smaller jacuzzis have room enough for just 2 men in each jacuzzi When comparing both the main pool & jacuzzi space against other HAL ships & other cruise lines ,Koningsdam imo comes in dead last in these regards
  7. So, apparently a crew member in the photo department tried to start an international incident in Gibraltar today. Poor Captain - probably had no idea that it happened, but the Hotel Director has no excuse since that department falls under him. Whoopsies! https://crew-center.com/cruise-ship-captain-apologizes-after-posting-wrong-sign-gibraltar?fbclid=IwAR3BuLfRWJC3Do5LH1AEQEQ07Xm7BEXJzBUpPDC8DMK17cl8N-rF0faiLBA
  8. So I was on the Koningsdam in January in the Caribbean....beautiful cruise! posted a LOT of photos on my facebook page, but never did elsewhere. Anyway, I did a very amateur (!!) video of our room, 4191. Don't know if anyone is interested, but thought I would post. Again, VERY amateur! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O65kOVKoVfY
  9. Koningsdam Room D7002 Any experiences with this forward facing room? It is right below the navigation deck, have any of you had noise issues? Any issues with the motion of the ship? Pictures would be great.
  10. 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
  11. tThe Nieuw Statendam seems to be almost a duplicate of the Koningsdam (aside from the artwork) except in one place. As I understand (haven't sailed it yet) the Crows Nest on the NS has been fitted out in the new style, with the Explorations Cafe merged into the bar, the Excursions office move up to the starboard side, the Captain's Room converted to a lecture space, and big video screens in the middle. We were afraid that the Koningsdam would be retrofit in that style during its December drydock, as has been happening to the older ships. Fortunately not ! The Koningsdam Crows Nest still has the traditional layout, except for being carpeted all the way across instead of having a dance floor. There are a large number of comfortable chairs of various styles in various groupings. A very pleasant place for a lot of passengers to relax.
  12. For those of you that have been on Koningsdam specifically, can the Quench Beverage Package be used at the Grand Dutch Cafe for coffee? The only information I have found online refers to the Explorations Cafe, which I assume is referenced simply because this is a fleetwide location whereas Koningsdam additionally has the Grand Dutch Cafe. Many thanks
  13. We are booked in cabin VH4043 on the Koningsdam for a 21 day cruise, Feb. 2020. This cabin has a different footprint in shape. Just curious as to the interior layout. The balcony is larger and yes I know it is an obstructed view. Thanks for any information on this cabin, always appreciated.
  14. It is a busy, busy day in Port Everglades! Koningsdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is heading across the pond on her 13-day Passage to Rome transatlantic. Ponta Delgada, Azores (14 Apr 1100-1800); Malaga, Spain (17 Apr 0800-1800); Cartagena, Spain (18 Apr 0700-1600); Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (20 Apr a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 21(starboard to) from 0615-1700. She is leaving on a 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (08 Apr 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (10 Apr 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (11 Apr 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (12 Apr 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Apr a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 (0430-1730), Carnival Conquest at pier 4 (0415-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 (0600-1600), Harmony OTS at pier 18 (0515-1630), Regal Princess at pier 2 (0500-1600), and Pearl Mist at pier 19 (1245-1800). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (08 Apr 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (10 Apr 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (11 Apr 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (12 Apr 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (14 Apr a0700) Also in port is Norwegian Pearl. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/ Nieuw Amsterdam is in San Diego from 0700-1700 doing a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise. The webcam is now on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/SanDiegoWebCam. Oosterdam is in Key West from 0800-1600. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ For the addicts: Rotterdam will be in Key West from 1100-1800 on April 8. Next up: Zuiderdam on April 10.
  15. We are booking a caribbean cruise over Thanksgiving. Has anyone stayed in Cabin 7134 on this ship and what are your comments.
  16. Just one ship in Port Everglades for this sail a way and it is the King! I never know what to call the Koningsdam in the title. The other ships are ms so does that make the Koningsdam mr? 😉 The Koningsdam is scheduled to be at pier 26 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: Cruise Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700) It’s other itinerary is the 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar a0700) The webcams are located at https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://ftlauderdalewebcam.com Next up is the Oosterdam on the 16th.
  17. Hello! Can anyone tell me where the Maitre D' can be found on embarkation day on the Koningsdam? I will need to see him to inquire if I can change my dining arrangements. On the Rotterdam a couple of years ago he was in the Explorer Lounge and was very helpful in changing me from late to early traditional seating. Regards Jan
  18. We're thinking of an Aug. 31 Cruise on the Koningsdam. We like Aft balconies and would like the Aft VS rooms. Can anybody comment on these rooms ? Anybody have any pictures ? From some reviews it sounds like they're bigger than regular balconies, is that true ? Do they come with lounge chairs ? If they don't, can they be requested ? Any help would be appreciated.
  19. Will magnets stick to the Koningsdam walls?
  20. Thanks to all who arranged and posted to the sailaway thread today. I will not be posting a 'live from' and instead will post irregular musings and will delve for information if requested!
  21. A Big, Big, Big thank you to Jacqui for posting the sail-aways while I was gone. Hoping she has a wonderful time on the Elegant Explorer! Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (Starboard to) from 0515-1700. She is doing an 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruise. (Anyone know what criteria is used to call one a "Seafarer" and another a "Wayfarer"?) Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Mar d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (30 Mar 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (31 Mar 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (01 Apr 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (02 Apr 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (03 Apr 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (04 Apr 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (06 Apr 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (07 Apr a0700) Also in port are Crown Princess at pier 2 (0600-1600) and little Pearl Mist is at pier 19 (0530-1300). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on March 31.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. Capt Darin has just announced that a female passenger is in need of urgent medical attention and is going to be helicoptered from the upper decks. Crew is clearing decks and rear pool to allow for the medical crew to arrive. We currently have a wind of 35 knots! French coastguard is sending the chopper and it is due to arrive in 25 minutes.
  25. The transatlantic passage has been mostly smooth so far. The ship, music and staff have been great. I am very glad I booked this cruise. Two minor complaints that I wish HAL would address. The coffee tastes like warm dishwater with a little flavor (ok, so I've really never drank dishwater but it's what I think it would taste like). Army coffee was much better and it was nothing to brag about. I wish HAL had taken the money spent on the Ophra (Went on one and it was a joke) themed cruises and spent it on coffee instead. Other cruise lines have adopted name brand coffee and it has paid off. And don't try to find a real croissant for breakfast, they are at only one station and they are just like the little ones Sam's sells in a carton of two or three dozen for little or nothing, a week old and not flaky at all. Does HAL bake any bread onboard now? Celebrity is by far better in both of these areas, minor as they are but for some of us a good cup of coffee really starts our day right. End of rant!
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