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  1. Hello, I am interested in feedback on Koningsdam thermal suite. What is recent price for 10 day cruise? If you have used the thermal suite, do you feel it is worth the money? Would you purchase again? Thank you for your opinions!
  2. On one of our HAL cruises the veranda was so small that the front legs of the chair I sat on were in the gutter. Which category verandah cabin should we avoid. On our last cruise in November the Future cruise consultant kept saying the cabins are so small. We have been in Lanai cabins which are small. So I think 'small' on Koningsdam would be ok. Just want a decent size verandah. Any recommendation and also any cabins to avoid?
  3. I was wondering about a midship cabin on a lower deck... And now I am seeing that it looks like the one Gangway is right there, mid-ship, off the Atrium on Decks 1 and 2. Is that. true. that would be a traffic area on Port Days. I am also wondering about noise from B.B.Kings. (which is forward on Deck 2 on the N.S.) in cabins near the Atrium on Deck 1. Would the sound/beat travel that far? Can any of you offer any good info?
  4. For our first sail-away of 2019 we have three HAL ships to watch. Let’s hope CC doesn’t have problems like our last 2018 sail-away! Prinsendam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500 to 1600. She is headed out on her last Grand South America and Antarctica Grand Voyage as a HAL ship. We were told that sail-away would be at 1800 but she is still on the schedule for 1600. HAL ships with long itineraries traditionally sail later but we will see. I will let you know where we will be standing for sail-away after dinner tonight (17 of us from the roll call are going to dinner at The Boatyard). Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1800); Santa Marta, Colombia (07 Jan 0800-1700); San Blas Islands, Panama (08 Jan 1200-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (09 Jan 0500-0500); Panama City, Panama (09 Jan a2000); Manta, Ecuador (12 Jan 0500-2000); Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru (14 Jan 0600-1800); Callao (Lima), Peru (15 Jan a1100); Matarani, Peru (18 Jan 0800-1700); Iquique, Chile (19 Jan 0800-1700); Antofagasta, Chile (20 Jan 0800-1700); San Antonio, Chile (22 Jan 0800-1700); Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile (24 Jan 0800-1700); Castro, Chiloe Island (26 Jan 0800-1700); Puerto Chacabuco, Chile (27 Jan 0800-1700); Punta Arenas, Chile (30 Jan 0700-2000); Cape Horn, Chile (31 Jan); Ushuaia, Argentina (01 Feb 0600-2000); Grytviken, South Georgia (09 Feb 0800-1800); Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (12 Feb 0700-1700); Puerto Madryn, Argentina (14 Feb 0800-1700); Punta Del Este, Uruguay (16 Feb 0800-1500); Montevideo, Uruguay (17 Feb 0800-1800); Buenos Aires, Argentina (18 Feb a0800); Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil (22 Feb 0800-2300); Ilhabela, Brazil (23 Feb 0800-1700); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (24 Feb a0800); Ilheus, Brazil (27 Feb 0800-1700); Recife, Brazil (01 Mar 0800-1700); Fortaleza, Brazil (03 Mar 0800-1400); Belem, Brazil (05 Mar 0800-1800); Santarem, Brazil (08 Mar 0800-1800); Boca da Valeria, Brazil (09 Mar 0800-1400); Manaus, Brazil (10 Mar a1100); Parintins, Brazil (12 Mar 0800-1400); Santarem, Brazil (13 Mar 0800-1400); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (16 Mar 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Mar 0800-1800); Bequia, Grenadines (19 Mar 0800-1700); Willemstad, Curacao (21 Mar 0800-2359); Oranjestad, Aruba (22 Mar 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Mar a0700) Veendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0615 to 1700 . She will be doing a 10-day “Authentic Cuba” cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1700); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Jan 0800-1700); Belize City, Belize (07 Jan 0800-1700); Cienfuegos, Cuba (09 Jan 0900-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1700); Havana, Cuba (12 Jan a0700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Jan a0700) Koningsdam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545 to 1700. She is embarking on a 9-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1700); Tortola, British Virgin Islands (07 Jan 0800-1800); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (08 Jan 0800-2300); St Johns, Antigua (09 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700) Other ships in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0530 to 1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0630 to 1900. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 5 January. Thanks again to Jacqui for starting the sail-away threads while I am cruising.
  5. its been a while since I have attended the Mariner Luncheon, I am hoping to on our upcoming Koningsdam cruise. Just curious, anyone know when the luncheon is held on the Koningsdam? I have a few new HAL cruisers with us, would they be able to join me at the luncheon or not? thanks,
  6. 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. 😎🎉
  7. Just back from 11 Day Southern Wayfarer cruise. This was our 6th HAL cruise and 4 of those were on the Vista Class ships in the past few years. For those of you wondering about any differences experienced on Koningsdam from our previous HAL cruises, here are some things I noted. Some good, some bad IMHO. Happy Hour: Yes they have it at 4:00 every day but not in Crow's Nest or ocean bar. It is in Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Rock Room which are right across from each other. $2 second drink.. They don't serve individual appetizers, but rather have a walk up station with about a dozen items including olives, cheeses, bread sticks, delicious pastry straws, great nuts, chips, salsa, vegies and dips and probably more items that I have forgotten. Liked this. There is also a second Happy Hour in Crow's Nest at 10:00 but we did not attend that. Also Blend seemed to have an evening happy hour with 2nd glass wine free. Not sure if that was every day, but did see it at least a few days in When and Where. Ship: Yes it is bigger, and yes it seemed more crowded than our previous HAL cruises. Lido buffet and pool areas especially where this noted. But the outside seating is a huge improvement. Lots of comfy sofa and big padded chair seating in pool area and on deck above pool and even on Sun deck which also had glass partitions which blocked the wind and provided some more private little cove areas to lounge. But believe actual lounge chairs available were fewer. Especially noted this aft lido pool area which seemed smaller in area than on other ships. Pools more crowded than have experienced previously and several days shortage of pool towels noted. Outside table seating was good and way more comfy chairs there too. Movie every night on Lido but we didn't attend any. One thing I noted was you could actually understand the PA announcements and Captain Timmers spoke really good English. Usually can't hear or understand at least half of the announcements. First time had inside muster and though more comfortable setting just did not make me feel very safe. Just don't think it would work that well during true emergency. Ship definitely lacked the classic art and sculpture we have enjoyed so much on previous cruises. Artwork looked like they just got it from the Art Auction people on board. Not our taste I guess. Lido Buffet: totally staff serve here. Even juices in a.m. behind glass. Nice Hibachi station where you pick vegies and meat and sauce and they prepare for you. Also sushi, dumplings and several pre made items here. This was very popular. Italian station appeared the same but pizza now has it's separate venue on deck above Lido. That often very crowded with 45 minute wait one evening, but Pizza very good. Didn't seem to serve as much lamb as on previous cruises. It was served couple of times but prime rib, roast chicken, steak and roast pork seemed to be the standards here. Of course always a fish item also. The many stations on Lido were nice but it just seemed a lot more crowded with longer lines than have experienced before. All pre-made sandwiches with too much mayo or butter. No more taco station back by Dive In - missed that. Did note that Lido Buffet seemed to be open longer hours than on previous cruises with limited stations open until 4:00 in afternoon and dinner maybe until 8:30. Specialty restaurants: We tried Tamarind the first evening and liked it Rather strange though that they were "out" of a couple of items on first day of cruise and first day of new menu. Pinnacle still offers lunch on sea days and we took advantage of that and loved it. Canaletto about the same. Enjoyed Grand Dutch Cafe free food items and thought that was very nice. No Culinary Arts Center and no cooking demos. Missed them. HAL Navigator: Used this every day and very convenient. Booked a dinner reservation and worked like a charm. Shops: All new and not impressed. Jewelry shops looked same to me but I have too much jewelry I never wear so didn't visit. Separate T shirt shop had 2 types of t-shirts basically. One with pocket and one without. Same logo on all that we saw. Just small HAL ship logo. That was it. Gift shop had usual liquor and tobacco but very few smaller gift type items. Nothing there of interest to us as have plenty of watches don't wear and plenty of dressy clutches don't use. Room: Yes the toilet seat is somewhat annoying but really no big deal. Nice night light across from foot of bed that lights automatically at night from movement. Glass shower doors - Yay. Storage about the same. Small round table (Veranda cabin) not suitable for in room dining so used desk. MDR: Only visited during muster. Too many stories of 30 minute waits for water glass fill, 2 1/2 hour dining times, long open seating waits, etc. My impression was that decor appeared very minimalistic. Room service: Ordered both gala nights from MDR menu as usual for us. Hope they continue this option but worried they may discontinue in future as a cost cutting measure. These are most of the differences I noted from previous HAL cruises. I am sure I missed some though. Service was good and generally on par with HAL standards. We did enjoy the additional dining venues on this ship and the new BB King Blues club was really nice and band was great. As I stated in other posts, did not enjoy the Rolling Stone Rock band but seemed busy every night so obviously others did. Just didn't think the band and especially singers were very good. New World Stage looked really nice but we did not attend any shows there. Hope this helps anyone considering a Koningsdam cruise. Any questions will be glad to give my two cents. Jane
  8. Wondering who will be the captain of the Koningsdam for our March 6th cruise??
  9. Both ships are in Half Moon Cay today—perfect weather here!
  10. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1600. She is going on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 29 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 30 At Sea Monday, December 31 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday, January 1 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Nassau, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. She will be at Pier 21 (starboard to). Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 29 At Sea Sunday, December 30 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Monday, December 31 San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday, January 1 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port is Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0530-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday 29 December.
  11. Is anyone still waiting for an inside gty? Thinking of calling HAL to give up my spa inside. What kind of compensation could I ask for?
  12. Is anyone still waiting for an inside gty? Thinking of calling HAL to give up my spa inside. What kind of compensation could I ask for?
  13. My wife and I are about to take our 15th cruise this week, but it will be our first on Holland America, the MS Koningsdam. We only booked this cruise earlier this month, but considering it was going to be a New Year's cruise (often the most expensive of the year!), we liked the price, really liked the fact that it was Friday to Friday (so that we'd still have the weekend after getting home), and loved the itinerary (we are "beach" people and love to snorkel). We are booked in a VB stateroom on Beethoven deck on the port side near the aft--the larger balcony looked enticing, and we're just one floor above the Promenade deck and MDR. Since Holland America is new to us and we've had very little time to plan, we'd love to hear your suggestions. What are the things not to be missed: whether it's a specific meal in the MDR, a particular drink in a particular bar or lounge, a specific venue, a quiet place to relax outside--whatever you think. I figured since it was the day after Christmas and most cruise addicts have nothing to do today but dream about their next cruise, this would be the perfect time to hit up all the experienced HA cruisers for tips and suggestions. So, if you were leaving on Koningsdam this Friday, what would you definitely want to eat, drink, see, experience, etc. again once you were back onboard? Ready, set, go!
  14. Sounds like a fun venue. We don't normally go to the speciality restaurants, but this might be something we would want to do. Do you think it is worth the $30 pp cover charge? HAL stated that is 'come as you are.' What are your dress code suggestions?
  15. We are looking at a spring cruise on Koningsdam and prefer a cabin with the bed away from the entry door and adjacent to the balcony. Does the Koningsdam have veranda cabins like this and if so, which ones? Thanks
  16. My husband doesn’t do well maneuvering amongst loads of people. He can walk, but he often uses a Travelscoot or I push him in a transfer chair. Which ship do you feel is better suited to less crowding and tight spaces? Thank you
  17. It’s a GORGEOUS morning here in Fort Lauderdale! Such a contrast to yesterday. Most of the drive yesterday was pouring rain. The last couple of hours were awful with rain, dark, traffic, and construction on I 95. We were so happy to get to our AirBnB! The AirBnB is perfect. Score 1 for me. The drive was long. Next time we are flying, cost be damned. Take away point. Letting the teens sleep sleep in since we aren’t scheduled to board until 3:30. We have to vacate the house by noon. That leaves quite a bit of time to fill. Still wondering what we are going to do. DH is out getting me coffee. Love him. Watch us us sail away today. https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ A note: My youngest gets terrible motion sickness. Car drives are usually a nightmare. We invested in ReliefBands and he wore one the entire 2 day drive and NO nausea. I am hoping none of us will have to use Bonine this week.
  18. For the first time this season we have three HAL ships in port. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She will be heading out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Monday, December 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday, December 25 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, December 26 At Sea Thursday, December 27 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0100-1700. She is taking a 7-day Authentic Cuba Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 23 At Sea Monday, December 24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Tuesday, December 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Wednesday, December 26 Cienfuegos, Cuba Thursday, December 27 At Sea Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL And finally, Prinsendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0500-1600. She will be leaving (taking Carole with her) on a 14 -day Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Monday, December 24 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Barbados Thursday, December 27 Tobago Friday, December 28 St. Vincent Saturday, December 29 Fort-de-France, Martinique Sunday, December 30 Guadeloupe Monday, December 31 Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tuesday, January 1 At Sea Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 29 from 0330-1600, Serenade OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0415-1800. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 22 December.
  19. Some questions for those on Koningsdam now- a few questions Is Pinnacle grille and MDR open for lunch on sea days only or every day? Current main show entertainment.. Is it changing on next cruise starting Dec 21 or remaining same? Who is the comedian and other headliners? Any big changes in beverage prices from last year? Any tips for us for our upcoming trip??
  20. I've seen little written about this. Any experiences? Is it worth it?
  21. [ 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! ***
  22. So, can anyone on board now, tell us about the changes within the ship now it’s back afloat again. Assume a great Rolling Stone Rock Room is now in operation, but have they made the casino Non Smoking, like so many requested? This is the one thing which causes me grief at the tables. I have no problem with people having a cigarette on the ship, but when one is so close at the tables it really does get on your chest and in your clothes, which is not pleasant. Maybe a room within the casino where smokers could pop into for a swift ciggie if they need to, would work? Look forward to any news from the ship before we join her in 2019 Cheers everyone 😎
  23. I entered this request for feedback in the "search" box, but didn't get any information about them. Has anyone been in one of these cabins & could give feedback about their experience? Thanks.
  24. We have had several aft facing balconies on other cruise lines, but are new to HAL. The ones we've enjoyed were "wrap around" balconies on the corners of ships. The one time we had an aft facing balcony that wasn't on a corner, it would get very hot on our balcony with very little air movement making it too uncomfortable to sit out for more than a few minutes. There are some aft facing category VS rooms still available on our upcoming Koningsdam cruise, but they are not on a corner because those rooms are suites. We were wondering if anyone has stayed in one of these VS category rooms and could comment about whether the balcony was enjoyable, or too hot and stuffy like we experienced on another cruise line?
  25. Fresh back from drydock, Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1600. She is headed out on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL December 11 At Sea December 12 At Sea December 13 St. Maarten December 14 Fort-de-France, Martinique December 15 St. Lucia December 16 Barbados December 17 Roseau, Dominica December 18 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands December 19 At Sea December 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0600-1600. She is doing an 11-day Cuban Explorer cruise. Monday, December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tuesday, December 11 Nassau, Bahamas Wednesday, December 12 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Thursday, December 13 At Sea Friday, December 14 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Saturday, December 15 Cienfuegos, Cuba Sunday, December 16 At Sea Monday, December 17 Roatan, Honduras Tuesday, December 18 Belize City, Belize Wednesday, December 19 Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Other ships in port are Serenade OTS at pier 29 (0430-1600) and Independence OTS at pier 18 (0530-1630). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ . For the addicts: Veendam will be in Nassau from 0800-1800 on 11 December (https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/) Rotterdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1600 on 12 December (https://www.portarubawebcam.com/) Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1600 on 13 December (https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/). Next up: Oosterdam and Prinsendam on Saturday, 15 December.
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