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  1. We sailed on the Koningsdam last winter for our first HAL experience and really enjoyed it. My one major disappointment was the cleanliness of the retreat cabanas especially the curtain dividers. Any recent experiences and opinions?
  2. On now for 22 day voyage. Internet has been out for six of the last 8 days. I addressed it to the captain last night and he said he was unaware of it before talking to some other people a few moments before I spoke to him. Many guests were upset. It is working now and I hope it keeps working but this is unacceptable for a relatively new ship especially since I paid a premium price for it. I did get a refund for the days it was offline but the internet manager seems overwhelmed and unable to get a handle on the problem.
  3. New to HAL and thinking of sailing on the Koningsdam but do not see a causal outdoor AFT dining location. I have sailed on Celebrity Solstice class ships and they have a lot of out door space that you can simply plop down in a chair and enjoy the scenery. At the aft of the Celebrity ship, you can eat your meal outside as the area is adjacent to the buffet. I have been looking at different websites to see if there is such a place on the Koningsdam, but I must be missing it. So.... does anyone know where your casual outside dining would be in the Koningsdam? It looks like she has a lovely promenade deck that you can walk around on, but I did not see any chairs or loungers where you could sit and enjoy the ocean view. Where would one just sit outside to enjoy the views? Other than my balcony - which I do love to do! She looks to be a beautiful ship and I like the itinerary better than the Celebrity ones to the Caribbean. So thinking of going on HAL for the first time.
  4. Does anyone know who will be captaining Koningsdam this year in December to the Caribbean? I'm hoping for Capt. Timmers but he seems to do mostly Europe.
  5. Does cabin 5048 have a standard bathroom or is it handicap accessible? Any thoughts on this cabin is appreciated David
  6. Anyone been on deck 7? Could you recommend which cabin(s) are best? Also what is there beside cabin 7081? (empty space on plan/ same on deck 😎
  7. Wow we got the best deal on this cruise . We booked through a TA that us giving us $525 OBC & ppd gratuities .We also get $75 from HAL for our FCC & next year we will get the $250 Share holder on board credit .Thus $850 total in OBCs & the $522 in ppd gratuities .By the time we deducted these perks from the booking cost ,we were down to $96 .04 per day per person cruise cost fro a VH cat balcony & the best part no flying 👍 That $850 in OBCs will give us opportunities to go to all the speciality restaurants plus some tours .We always wanted to try Tamarind & Pinnacle Steaks .We also will go to Canaletto
  8. Does anyone have any experience with and/or photos of either of these suites? We just scored one of them last-minute and are excited to see before we get there on Sunday. Thank you!! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. Just looking for opinions from you all (southern a little) on whether or not you feel crowded on these ships. My DH and I have been on the Zaandam twice and the Nieuw Amsterdam once but that was only for 3 nights. Thanks
  10. Greetings. We are due to embark on the Koningsdam in 22 days. I have been watching to see if the photo package became available online, and today, it popped up as an option under Indulgences. It is almost double the price we paid two years ago, though, which surprised me. Can anyone who has been on the Kdam recently confirm whether there are different packages available (we don't need the 8x10 prints as I do digital scrapbooks of our trips), and give me an idea of the prices? As a family of 6, I value the group photos we usually get on our cruises, but the current price quoted ($289USD) surprised me compared to previous trips. Thanks to anyone with any information/recommendations!
  11. We dislike those short 7 night cruises ,so we booked ( 2 ) 7 night cruises ,going to the same destination on Koningsdam .My thinking is the MDR & lido menus & the entertainment will be the same for both cruises .If we miss some entertainment on the first cruise we can see it or hear it on the 2nd cruise We had sailed a prior 10 night cruise on Koningdam & love this ship Has any one done this before & how did you fell about the 2 cruises after disembarkation ? TIA
  12. We sailed on Koningsdam last year and I heard some creaking at night in the wall near my side of the bed. We were in cabin 4043, which is one of the sideways oriented cabins and the bed was against the wall with cabin 4041 (I was in the top right corner of the cabin when looking at the attached deck plan). I just read a review from someone who was on board this March and he complained about creaking in cabin 4057 which is a normally oriented cabin (his review is titled "Room 4057 - The Creaking Room"). I recently booked another cruise on Koningsdam so I'm wondering how prevalent this problem is and whether I'll run into it again. I booked a VF guarantee this time so I won't be in VH (both 4043 and 4057 are VH) and won't be in that immediate area. Is this only a problem on cabins in that area of deck 4, or is it a problem on other decks as well? I could potentially end up on deck 4 again since there are also VB and VF cabins there (but at the front and aft of the ship). I also wonder how aware HAL is of this situation and whether it's a problem on Nieuw Statendam as well.
  13. I am considering a cruise on the Koningsdam In October. I will be a traveling solo and looking for some advice on cabin selection. I am looking at booking an inside cabin do to cost of paying single supplement. There appears to be a good selection of cabins to choose from on decks from 4-8 and aft, mid and fwd. Can someone suggest a deck and pros/cons of location. My understanding is there is less motion midship
  14. I notice some unusually shaped V category cabins on Koningsdam such as 8031 and 8136. These cabins are on the back of the forward and aft "humps" and seem to have an extra triangular shaped area at the balcony end of the room. Does anyone have any experience of these cabins or know whether there might be any extra furniture in that space? Looking at deckplans for other HAL ships (Eurodam for instance), the cabins with that extra space seem to be accessible cabins, but the ones on Koningsdam are not. Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can share with this HAL newbie :)
  15. Hello, I thought this maybe helpful to some. I recently stayed in cabin 1111 on the Koningsdam's July 17th Midnight Sun Cruise (I have a full review of the sailing in the member review section) Cabin 1111 is a category I large/standard interior stateroom. This particular stateroom is considered a large room (but not all rooms in category I are large). Cabin 1111 measured around 185 square feet and the extra room really is in the entry. Shower space was excellent, the TV was wonderful (complimentary on-demand shows and movies), comfy bed, bedside USB and plugs, and lots of storage. The room could have used a chair. I heard some noise from the public floor above but nothing major. My friend was down a few doors in cabin 1101 and heard some vibrations from music venues until 11pm or so. See the link below for some pictures:
  16. Hi. Does anyone have any comments or pictures of the oversized balconies towards the aft on deck 4? VBs I think Please and thank you.
  17. We are going on Koningsdam in March and will be using a handicap room. We are doing Vista Suites. Has anyone used HC on this ship?
  18. Does anyone have photos or cabin layout ? Very difficult to find info for this specific cabin type. Looks like you can’t really watch TV as behind the sofa and on the wall to the side of where the bed faces.
  19. We are looking at the 17 day Hawaii sailing on the Koningsdam. Ship looks beautiful and we are leaning towards cabin V7109. Any info to share on this itinerary and any pictures on this cabin?
  20. Well, we are now in Valetta, Malta and I have a couple of minutes to give you a small update regarding what is happening on HAL’s largest... * The welcome Aboard buffet on Lido Market was absolutely stunning. FRESH Oysters, crablegs, clams, razor clams, etc etc. For us at least a first to see this onboard a HAL vessel that is doing a regular cruise. * Food is the best we have seen on HAL. The MDR serves delicious menus, lots if lamb by the way and portions that are large enough. The Sushi for lunch at Lido Market has been greatly improved and even includes sashimi and very inventive, attractive choices made by the Nami sushi chef. Not sure if other vessels have seen the same imorovement. * Service: mixed bag here. Most crew is as always HAL-friendly but we have seen some overworked crew and some grumpy crew as well, which is not normal for HAL. In the MDR, head waiters, assistant Maitre D’s and Maitre D’s are noted for their total absence except running around. * The Signature Beverage Package: UNLIMITED. I say again, UNLIMITED NON- alcoholic drinks. The 15 beverage limit is ONLY VALID FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. ANY drink of 11$ or less is included. except large bottles of Evian or San Pelegrino ( and those are currently also included as no-more Perrier onboard) I trust that this settles the discussion once and for all. * NO surcharge for a second main dish although portions are plenty. * Pinnacle grill serves amazing food. new items are great. my Filet steak was fork tender and of excellent taste. Maybe a tad dryer than the absolute best South African and Arentinian beef ( best beef in the World without antibiotics and hormones). * Orange Party seems to become a new tradition. bring Orange on your next cruise .
  21. We booked B2B Dec 5 & 12 th 2020 cruises in the same cabin on Koningsdam . We have sailed on this ship before & it is a wonderful ship .My question is will we be bored on the 2nd cruise of Dec 12th . The only port we usually get off the ship is Mazatlan to buy a few things , We have been to bothy Cabo & PV many times in the past Thoughts or recommendations ?
  22. I just booked a cruise on the Koningsdam on deck 7. I understand the bathrooms are very small. Someone said the toilet is at an angle and you hit the shower door when your on it. Anyone have any comments on this. Thanks for your input.
  23. We’re sailing in July and would love to hear your thoughts on the specialty dining options onboard Koningsdam, including the pop ups like Cellar Masters Dinner and De Librije. We’ve previously sailed on the NA in Alaska and enjoyed both PG and Tamarind.
  24. We have booked a cruise on this ship for December 2019. We are two star mariners and this will be our fifth cruise on Holland America. For the first time we have booked an inside (sideways) cabin. So we are exploring the cabana rentals on the Koningsdam and have a couple of questions. If you have had one would you recommend booking for the entire week? Based on the layout what is the best cabana retreat to book for a couple based on total peace, relaxation, and of course the best views? DId you enjoy the perks included with the rental? IF we book now and change our mind would we get a full refund $ or an onboard credit? Thanks for your time.
  25. Hello, Could anyone please let me know which of the SB Neptune aft wrap cabins on the Koningsdam is your favorite, and why. I would really appreciate any insights and information you might have. Thanks, Michael
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