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  1. Koningsdam 9nt 20th-29th April 2019. We stayed in a Vista Suite but decided to add Club Orange when it became available and we are so happy we did. A part from the priority boarding which was very helpful, I cannot really say that the other perks was of such a value BUT the entire restaurant experience both for breakfast and dinner was absolutely amazing so I will focus the review on that. The service is fast, really good, but also very relaxed. It really shows that the crew enjoy working at the place and overall it has a club feel. Loved the open seating with absolutely no wait time either at breakfast or dinner. It truly was a walk in and get service right away. Were got invited to Pinnacle on day 8 and it was so so. Service lacked and food was ok and we really missed Club orange. Chef keeping the kitchen absolute spot-less which is nice in an open kitchen environment For breakfast complimentary mimosas are served but we enjoyed the cappuccinos a bit more 😉 First night a glass of bubbly was served in the evening. The two high tops towards the open kitchen gives you an excellent view of what the chef is cooking up and we had some great conversations with the chef also. For the breakfast it's basically the breakfast menu served in the MDR, but the food felt fresher, warmer and it was nice seeing the food come directly from the chef a couple of feet away. The evening menu is the same as in the MDR with the exception of a wonderful MacNCheese and the daily special. The always steak/chicken/salmon is also prepared a la minute, and that is a big take away from this. Everything is served right off the grill/stove/whatever and it makes customization really easy. The best part is the daily special and for the 9nt it started with the Peruvian chicken (probably one of my all-time favorite dishes) and with new dishes for seven nights we started over on day 8 with the same Peruvian chicken so the order below is the order we received the dishes. I would highly recommend Club Orange and for the fortunate enough sailing in Neptune and Pinnacle this is a real enhancement to the dining experience. I would absolutely book it again and in the end I felt the 50USD upcharge was worth it. 7nt menu Peruvian chicken Braised short ribs mole Pork chop baby tomahawk Cream linguine with shrimp Scallops with grits Short ribs with polenta Coq au vin Chef and the Peruvian Chicken Braised short ribs mole Pork chop baby tomahawk Cream linguine with shrimp Scallops with grits Short ribs with polenta Coq au vin
  2. We are booked on our first HAL cruise on the Koningsdam for the 1/2/20 sailing. I see that you can pre-purchase a wine package online before boarding, but would like to know if it's better (and maybe cheaper) to wait until we're actually settled into our cabin after boarding. Any advantages/disadvantages for either?
  3. 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!
  4. Back in June I was trying to find info on a specific cabin on Koningsdam without much luck. We’re just back and having stayed in this specific cabin I thought I’d share some photos. Its a grade I on deck 6, Mozart deck and is a fabulous position midship and very quiet. Although the lifts are behind the headboard we didn’t hear a thing, in fact it was the quietest cabin we’ve ever had. The layout is different to the standard inside as it has a sofa and is larger. The only available wall for the flat screen TV is behind the sofa but it’s on an arm which pulls out so you can watch TV from the bed. We loved this cabin and would definitely book it again.
  5. I hope somebody can tell me how much obstructed the view is from those cabins on ms Nieuw Amsterdam or Koningsdam. They are behind the tenders not the lifeboats. Is there still oceanview or only on the tenders/ Thanks
  6. us. Need 2 more to join us on an "Acropolis Skip the Line Hidden Gems Tour". Check out the website: https://www.withlocals.com/s/greece/athens/?keywords[]=acropolis-tour&msclkid=fb10425a78d81af54d651f2332fee686&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Athens_Tours_EN_All_MB&utm_term=+Acropolis++tour&utm_content=A_Acropolis_tour . Tour is with Elisavet, who got excellent ratings as a tour guide. Tour can be adjusted/changed as we wish. Please let me know--Cost for 2 (including booking fee) is only 60 Euros per couple which, for a 4 person tour is unbelievable to me! Let me know...
  7. Any information or opinions on Koningsdam front facing cabins would be helpful. Pictures would be nice also.
  8. On Discovery Channel, Mighty Cruise Ships is back for season 3, and is kicking off with a show about the Koningsdam. It's fun going 'behind the scenes' a little bit, and seeing new ships.
  9. What are your favorite Koningsdam restaurants & why do you like them
  10. Considering a future cruise on the Koningsdam but am concerned that it might “feel” more crowded as opposed to the slightly smaller NA. Sailed on the NA 1.5 years ago and did enjoy the cruise. Relaxing and never felt crowded. Sailed on several Celebrity ships and sometimes the ships felt VERY crowded. I know this is really a very subjective questions as feeling crowded can be a very personal thing. But any comments would be welcomed. Trying to decide to sail the K or just go back to the NA for a cruise. BTW, the time of the cruise would be wither October or December. And I would **think** that those times of years would not be incredibly crowded, but who knows!
  11. We are considering a transatlantic of the Koningsdam. Can someone recommend OV cabins they liked.
  12. First cruise on HAL having previously been on RCCL a few times. Picked the cruise mainly because of dates and itinerary and wasn't quite sure what to expect from HAL. We all had a great time and no real grumbles. Couple of points that may be of interest to others. - There's been a few queries on which venues are included if you have a drinks package. We had Signature beverage package and no charges were taken when we went to Grand Dutch Cafe for either alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks. We did though though get charged when when we ordered a drink that was $10 or $11 from Notes. Guest Services early on tried to argue that this was as the $11 limit did not include the service charge. They did eventually back down on this and refunded the charges although the issue continued to recur relating to Notes only. I suspect something on the billing system isn't set up correctly relating to Notes and it's flagging a charge at $11 instead of $11 plus 15%. - One of the party had a quench beverage package which should include the Coke Freestyle cup on Konigsdam. This wasn't supplied and again guest services tried to argue it wasn't included in the package until I showed them an electronic copy of the purchase which clearly listed it. It's worth taking electronic copies of everything pre purchased as guest services are either not trained on some of the detail of what's included or were being a little difficult at times. - Service in main dining room (fixed time) was excellent as was the food. Quality of ingredients used and preperation of food both definitely a step up from RCCL. A previous post queried whether scallops were served in MDR. I was suprised to see them on the menu as ingredients on at least 3-4 nights out of 11. When ordered these did turn out to be sea scallops rather than the small bay scallops although there would usually only be 2-3 along with other sea food. - Cabin stewards also excellent (as they also were on RCCL) - Comments about the couch bed in balcony rooms being too small are accurate. Not really suitable for anyone over 5'2". It seems to be down to the design. There's a gap a the top of the matress and then it's constrained by the desk at the bottom. - Did not have any difficulty getting into shows that we wanted to see although the itinerary was pretty busy so entertainment was not my main priority. - I can understand some of the negative comments about the Lido. I can see the advantage of the food being served rather than guests helping themselves but it was difficult to tell at times what was on offer at each station without a fair bit of queueing and wandering around. The quality of the food served though was very good. Including the Lido lunch menu on the app would help. I didn't try the Lido for breakfast as tended to use MDR unless we had a very early start in which case room service breakfast. Overall though had a great time and would have no hesitation in booking again.
  13. Hi Cruise Critic Friends! We're just off the Koningsdam a few days ago for a 12 night Adriatic cruise out of Rome. I've submitted a review but also wanted to offer to answer questions since so many in this community have been so gracious in answering my questions about specific ships and were so helpful. I'm attaching a few photos of our room (4211- corner aft Neptune suite) and of the first When & Where which made it home in my suitcase. HAL4.pdf HAL3.pdf IMG_7854.HEIC IMG_7852.HEIC
  14. So as I began contemplating a last minute Alaskan cruise this year, the limited selection (especially for cabins) at the last minute had me looking at cruises for next Summer. I was planning to take the Nieuw Amsterdam (as we did last year), BUT it is being replaced by the Koningsdam. Last year we had a Signature Suite on the Nieuw Amsterdam and, of course, I started by looking at those. As some other threads here on CC have pointed out there are VERY few Signature Suites on the Koningsdam, which was surprising to me. However, as I began to compare the online videos of the various Koningsdam suites I was surprised at the new layout for the Signature Suites. Indeed, I'm not a fan. More investigation shows that the even pricier Neptune suites on the Kdam are much closer equivalent to the Signature Suites in everything from layout to size to deck positioning and number of suites. Even then, you lose the extra little "make-up" desk on the Kdam (although Kdam's Neptune cabin is wider). One of the biggest disappointments of the Kdam's Signature suites, however, involves the size of the balcony - they are much more shallow than the equivalent NA/Eurodam SS balconies. The Neptune balconies on the Kdam are essentially the same depth as the SS on NA/Euro. At the end of the day, to get the same Nieuw Amsterdam "Signature Suite" experience on the Kdam, I feel like I would really have to "pay up" for the Neptune suite...bummer. Given how few signature suites there are, I'm not sure why HAL bothered with them on the Kdam. Definitely a bummer and a clear "revenue generation" move by HAL (not surprising of course - Corporate America FTW!). Has anyone else noticed this?
  15. We need an accessible cabin and the only one available on our ship (Koningsdam) is cabin 4167 that is a balcony cabin with obstructed view (there is a lifeboat). Wondering if we will be able to see anything at all or if the lifeboat blocks everything. I would like to be able to see some of the port area etc. Any info appreciated (I can't find any pictures or info on any sites I checked). Wendy
  16. Hi First Time Cruiser Here, We are leaving July 4th at 4:30 pm (that's what the itinerary says) from Vancouver for a 7 day Alaska cruise. We intend to fly into Vancouver a few days early and go to Victoria. The ferries from Victoria run hourly. Do you think it's safe (of course the world could blow up - but barring something bizarre) to stay in Victoria until the 4th and come early and go directly to the port? I have no clue what time we need to be at the port to embark - I assume earlier than 4 - we're Neptune suite. I know the ferry is 1.5 hours though not sure where in Vancouver it docks - it says Tsawwassen. I will probably ask the Vancouver Tripadvisor forum how to get to the port, but you guys are the experts on the time I need to arrive. Don't want to miss the cruise! Thank you so much. Ellen
  17. Are there tubs in cabins other than suites? From the pictures I've found it looks like most just have showers. TIA.
  18. I have cruised quite a bit but this will be my first HAL cruise and going to Alaska. On HALfacts I saw pictures of a K category interior cabin on the Nieuw Statendam that actually had a window. This cabin number was 11058 with outside wall on jogging track. I believe that if this is correct the other cabin on the end with outside wall on the jogging track would be 11057. Has anyone stayed in either of these cabins on the Koningsdam? If so could you tell me if there in fact were windows in these two cabins. Also where was the TV located due to the window being where the TV is generally located as I like to watch TV in bed sometimes. Also wondering if anything else I should know about the set up/noise of these cabins. I will be traveling solo so would love to have a window and also be able to walk right out onto an outside view as I usually have a balcony cabin. Any other comments about all K cabins on sun deck generally would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jamie
  19. So last year my (extended) family and I booked the Nieuw Amsterdam in Alaska. The short summary is we all loved it. Along those lines, I was thinking about booking a last minute trip this year on the same boat. As cabin options are limited I started looked at next year. To my surprise, the Nieuw Amsterdam is being moved to the Mediterranean next year and the Koningsdam is replacing it on the same route (Vancouver, Inside Passage, Round Trip). Anyway, in looked at the Kdam, it seems a bit like an "upsized" Nieuw Amsterdam. The biggest "downsides" I see are 30% more people (2650 or so vs. 2000), and the "smaller" promenade deck (both narrower overall and really narrow in many places and blocked by the lifeboats in others). The latter is a bit of a bummer of course in Alaska given the scenery. Based on the Hal "route maps" it appears to still follow the same path through the "true" inside passage (i.e. East of Vancouver Island, etc.) so the increased size doesn't look to be an issue in terms of route. I have to admit, the "newer" boat does have its own attraction (i.e. not a 100% replica of prior cruise, some newer venues like Rolling Stone Rock room, etc.)...oh one more downside: it looks to be pricier! Any other comments (pro or con)?
  20. We're looking at a cruise on Koningsdam and trying to decide on the cabin. We like the aft-wrap Neptunes and always try to get the ones on Deck 7, but unfortunately, both of those are taken. I thought we'd go down to Deck 6, but looking at the deck plan, the aft-Neptunes on Deck 6 look smaller than the ones on other decks. There are some photos of SB6229 on HAL facts, and it looks tiny and cramped in the photos too. Has anyone stayed in SB6210 or 6229? Are they as small as they look in the deck plan? Would the ones on Deck 5 be bigger?
  21. If you don't purchase a beverage, can you still eat the food without a cost?
  22. Can anyone tell me if these cabins have a full bath since they are handicap cabins. Thank you.
  23. According to HAL's FAQ on what to pack, it states that on gala night men "usually" wear sport coats or suits. Does anyone know for certain if suits or sport coats are required for the MDR on gala nights?
  24. I was looking into booking a B2B on the Koningsdam in the fall of 2020 but don't see any cruises listed for the week of Sept 26 - Oct 3 of that year. Does anyone know what is happening that particular week. She is in Vancouver on 9/26 and in San Diego on 10/3. Is she chartered? It does seem to be an awfully short dry dock with a re-positioning to boot. Hmmm?
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