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  1. 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)?
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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. 😎🎉
  9. I've seen little written about this. Any experiences? Is it worth it?
  10. Lots of sick passengers on the February 3rd sailing...
  11. Just book D7004 for a 10 day cruise. A little concerned with the side blank areas next to the room and the view out the window. Is that a deck out the window that people can walk on? Anything strange about this room? Please tell me you experiences with this room or D7001, D7002 or D7003. Pictures would be nice. Thanks
  12. Anyone going on this cruise and would like to chat? It is our first time on Koningsdam, first time to Croatia. Any tips on the ship, the shore excursions? Anything?
  13. Sunflower0428

    Koningsdam Thermal Suite

    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!
  14. 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
  15. I have another Q, or 2, regarding the staterooms on the leading edge of Koningsdam. We booked one of those Oceanview cabins at extreme front on the Sun Deck (D1102)--talked to one of their reservation staff while we were on the road, so didn't realize until later that this room is underneath the Observation Deck, below Crows' Nest. To the best of my photo and and ship's deck plan interpretation, this room is situated under the swivel chairs and loungers in the Crow's Nest. I know that there are some nights when there are late-night types of activities, including DJs, and so on. My question concerns NOISE LEVELS. Have you had one of these cabins, or talked with someone who has? I'm retired military, so I'm capable of sleeping in places and situations where more sensitive folk would throw up their hands and run for a sleeping pill to accompany their ear plugs and white noise machines. I have been retired for a while now and no longer have all the abilities I've had at other times in my life. But--particularly if you have first-hand experience with these rooms, I'd love to know what your experience was.
  16. 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,
  17. tinykygal

    Koningsdam Culinary Arts

    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?
  18. 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.
  19. Disclaimer: Everyone is different and this is what makes life exciting. Please read my review with that thought in mind. An issue that might be of concern to me might not be to you. We had a great time on the Koningsdam cruise. We met many wonderful people and danced ourselves to exhaustion. This was our 44th cruise.docx
  20. Cruise Suzy

    Notes on Koningsdam?

    In his 12/4 post, Captain Albert showed the Notes area of Nieuw Statendam being a whisky tasting venue. (Deck 2 between Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Rock Room) Today Vict0riann showed the Notes whisky tasting in When & Where. (post #275 on page 7) Could someone on a K-dam post-drydock cruise report if this was added? The space is identical on both ships. This would appeal to DH. TIA.
  21. We'll be on the Kongingsdam in March sailing to/from Grand Turk & the Southern Caribbean which we've read is a great island/area for whale watching at that time of year. Has anyone seen whales in March on this or any other Southern Caribbean sailing? We have a balcony cabin. Thank you for sharing your experience!
  22. 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
  23. I have seen lots of posts about the Freestyle Coke machines on the Koningsdam but I am a bit confused about getting cola drinks in the main dining room. Do you have to carry your chipped cup to the dining room to have a cola if you have purchased the Unlimited Coca Cola package? That seems a bit awkward! Thanks!
  24. Hello all . Considering a ride on Koningsdam 12/14 and looking at staterooms , don't really see much difference between veranda and vista suites . Any thoughts ? SY suites seemed overpriced . Is there a good walking area on the ship without the wrap around promenade deck . thanks .
  25. 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.