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  1. We have booked a midwinter cruise to the Caribbean on board the Koningsdam. One of the features I associate with HAL is the beautiful teak-wood promenade that completely encompasses the promenade deck without interruption. DW and I have walked off many an overindulgence by strolling the promenade deck. The pdf of the Promenade Deck on the Koningsdam appears either (1) to get blocked off in the aft sections of both the port and starboard side or (2) to narrow down to a width that wouldn't accommodate two walking abreast. I trust that some denizen of CCland will be kind and gracious enough to enlighten me. I've also noticed that the Koningsdam's Sports Deck has a running/jogging track. I can't recall ever encountering a runner or jogger on the Promenade Deck. Is that forbidden? Thanks!
  2. Background: Nearly 30 years cruising. Diamond on Royal Caribbean, variety of other colors and jewelry across NCL, Carnival, MSC. Couple near 40, son will be a bit under age 5 at proposed time of sailing. Feel service is declining on Royal Caribbean. Don't care for some of the rowdiness have found lately on NCL and Carnival. Looking for decent kids club and activities; nightly entertainment until 10-11pm is plenty for us really. Good included in fare food; whether this be lido, pool deck, or MDR we expect good quality. Want to try a somewhat quieter and less crowded ship than the mega ships we have been going on. Like the Key West/San Juan/Grand Turk itinerary which can do on either ship it looks like. Which ship would you recommend, and why, for a young active family but not looking for a sports bar party like Carnival or NCL. Expecting something distinctly cut above Royal Caribbean, not necessarily fancy. Does NA have a full walking track around ship? That is something to consider for us also.
  3. I'm looking for a quiet oceanview cabin (category C, E, or F) on these ships. These cabins are on the main deck, and it seems that most are subject to noise from the showrooms, etc. on the deck above. Are there any "safe" cabins in that category? Thanks.
  4. I hope someone can share this info What are the dining packages offered on board the Koningsdam? Are there packages for dining once in each restaurant? How much are the packages? I know how much each restaurant is individually.
  5. We are interested in the Ultimate Dining Package that buys us one dinner at each of the five restaurants on board. If we buy it before our cruise, it is $95.00 per package which is a $25.00 savings. HAL representative just told me that these packages with these savings cannot be had once on board. Can someone please verify that we cannot make this purchase at this price once we are on board? What packages are available once on board? Thank you for your info.
  6. Have any cruisers been in the following cabins : a) Schubert Deck (Deck 7) D7001, D7002, D7003, D7004 b) Sun Deck (Deck 11) D11004, D11002, D11001, D11003 Did you experience any noise from other decks in these cabins and too much motion being in the bow ? Thanks in anticipation.
  7. We'll navigate on Nieuw Statendam begining december 30 and because it has not had its inaugural trip, so far I've researched all the information about the Koningsdam asuming it's identical to Nieuw Statendam. Do you know if that's accurate? Are there in facts differences in the configuration of the ships, public spaces or cabins?
  8. Would you book this cabin on deck 10 Panorama? I am not familiar with this particular ship and am looking for a quiet space. Is there usually a lot of activity on deck 10?
  9. We have just put a deposit on Koningsdam cabin 6001. Its the forwardmost cabin portside on the Mozart deck. Per the deck plan it seems to have a slightly truncated verandah but also appears to be a bit larger than the usual vista suite. And yet I realize that the deck plans are not drawn precisely to scale. We were in a forward cabin on Osterdam awhile back (maybe 3 cabins back) and were perfectly comfortable, so I have no concerns about being so far forward. Can anyone out there in CruiseCritic land opine on cabin 6001 from firsthand experience?
  10. I just booked room 4043 on the Koningsdam. I would like to know something about the layout. The rooms are parallel instead of the normal configuration of long and narrow. There are 8 cabins just like this, 4043, 4045, 4044, 4046, 5053, 5051, 5048 and 5050. Does anyone have a picture of it. I searched thru out the internet and could not find one.
  11. We have booked 7106 on a future Koningsdam cruise and our two children will be in the suite with us. Does anyone know the actual bedding configuration in the SS? Is the murphy bed in the small area where the desk is? Perhaps the 4th bed is the sofa? We were trying to decide between the SS and the Vista but I do like the extra square footage on the SS, especially if the murphy bed is in the desk area for our teenager. Lastly, I can't find photos of the balconies on the SS category. Any idea how large they are and what kind of seating it out there?
  12. Cruising on the Holland America Koningsdam on May 10-May 20. Stopping in Barcelona on May 16th and using BarcelonaDaytTours. Hearing good things about them and will give them a try. If anyone is interested, visit http://www.BarcelonaDayTours.com
  13. A question - do the actual balconies have less depth the higher the deck? I know there are some nice deep balconies on Deck 4, but are they all about the same depth on the other decks? We will be cruising with our two teenagers in an opposite inside cabin, but would like enough room on the balcony for more than two of us at any given time. I am glad there are some family cabins on the Koningsdam, but at the same time disappointed that "family" type accommodation aren't also available in verandah cabins.
  14. We will be sailing on Nieuw Statendam and while I am looking forward to trying a new ship there are a few things that give me pause. One is the promenade deck, we will see just how much it may bother us as that is one of our favorite features of HAL ships. The other is the big screen at the Lido pool. I cannot stand the sound of a TV in the back round and the whole focus here seems to be the stupid screen. The chairs seem to all be set up to face it. My questions: is it loud? do they play things during the day? is it always on? Thanks for any info.
  15. I was looking at a pic of the bed I hope it can be split for 2 is anyone familiar with cabin thanks for any info
  16. We enjoy HALs smaller ships. They seem more spacious and less kid friendly. We cruised aboard the Oosterdam, and didn't like the enclosed feel of the ship. I like the looks of the Koningsdam 2/6 itinerary, but am reluctant to book due to crowds and kids overtaking the pools. Most recently, our cruises have been with Azamara and Viking Oceans (which we loved, loved). We do enjoy lounging by the pools. What will the pool experience be like aboard the Koningsdam for a February cruise: quiet and restful or crowded and noisy? Thank you. Caroline
  17. This may sound silly but I have to decide in the next 12 hour which one. We fly from Thailand and either port is a long hike. The $800 of onboard credit is very enticing but at the end of September will it be unbearably cold? Especially since we live in the tropics. My other choice is Rome to Fort Lauterdale October 28th. No on board credits, love Rome and always wanted to sail on the Koningsdam it looks magnificent! It will also give me extra time to get ready! It's already Aug 31 here! Have a balcony on both wondering if an ocean view makes more sense with the weather? I have never done a 14 day cruise and my interests is enjoying the ship than vs running around at the ports and being herded like cattle getting on and off the ship! That is what it was like on RCL with 5,000 Chines guest need I say more? Any advice will be greatly appreciated since i am new to this cruising community. Thanks
  18. Just considering taking a cruise aboard the Koningsdam. There are only a few ADA cabins left. Which would you choose: 4107, 4146 or 4167? Also, for those who have cruised the Koningsdam, did you find it crowded? Looks like there are stairs into the pools (not ladders). Is that correct? This would certainly help getting in and out of the pools. Thank you. Caroline
  19. We are getting ready to book a Veranda Aft Stateroom on the Koningsdam for a January Southern Caribbean cruise on Navigation Deck 8. Has anyone stayed in one of those staterooms? Is there noise from the Lido deck? Would we be better off staying on one of the lower decks? I truly appreciate your comments.
  20. I’m wanting to use a 5’ extension cord hopefully next to the bed. Are there plug ins by the night stand ? We are in a veranda suite.
  21. I just got a very low quote for room 4078 Koningsdam, partially (or maybe fully?) obstructed balcony (VH)... then I looked at it's location and it's over the Queen's Lounge where the BB King band plays. Maybe that's why it's still available? For another ~ $150pp we can get a steel rail balcony (VF) in the bow, so that's our other option just now. The cruise is 21 days, 2 loops Caribbean, southern and eastern, Nov 11, so not a lot of availability. TA says we're within the Final Payment window, 90 days, so no debates about non-refundable deposits! Thanks for your thoughts. m--
  22. I noticed that deck 4 has the life boats. Do they obstruct the views from the deck 5 balconies?
  23. Hi, I’d like some advice from those of you you have cruised on the Koningsdam. My husband and I love to sit on the promenade deck to read and watch the ocean. I understand this is not possible on the Koningsdam. Is there another place one can sit, preferably on a deck chair in the shade without having to listen to piped in music? I’ve discussed this with our HAL PCC and she thinks the only solution is to rent a personal cabana at a cost of $748 for a three week cruise. The itinerary on this cruise is particularly interesting but we rarely do excursions and are not beach people so a quiet, shady place is extremely important to us. I look forward to hearing from Kdam cruisers about this. Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. We've only been on HAL twice, but we did enjoy both of those cruises. We are looking at Koningsdam and trying to decide which balcony category would suit us the best. Preliminary research has ruled out the VQs. Thoughts? We do like a larger than normal balcony, even though lately we don't use it as much as we have in the past. I have read that the aft balconies seem to vibrate quite a bit. The cruise we're considering is the 10 day Caribbean that goes to the ABC islands.
  25. Doing the Caribbean in November. Haven't been on Holland for awhile and we were wondering: 1. Can you go to the dining room for lunch on embarkation day? We have sailed Princess a lot in the last few years and having a nice lunch in the dining room versus the chaotic Lido is a nice relaxing way to start the cruise. 2. Read somewhere that Holland is hosting a cocktail party at the time of embarkation. Is that correct? If so how do you find out where and when it is happening. 3. We are 3 star mariner members and wondered if there is a special check-in line for us in Ft Lauderdale? Thanks
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