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  1. It is an all Hal day in Port Everglades. Koningsdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is leaving on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (15 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (16 Feb 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (17 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (18 Feb 0800-1600); Basseterre, St. Kitts (19 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) Veendam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (15 Feb 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Feb a0700) The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. For the addicts: Veendam will be Key West on 13 February from 0800-1700. Zuiderdam will be in Key West on 14 February from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam and Zuiderdam on Saturday, 15 February.
  2. 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
  3. Hi Fellow Travelers, I have a party of 4 and would like 4 more to join us on the 8 passenger mini van tour of Rio being offered on the Holland America Cruise Line site. The total trip cost for the group is $839 or $105 per person when the cost is shared. This for the tour on March 29th and is an all day tour, which I think is necessary. There is so much to see in Rio. Let me know if you are interested and I'll book the tour. Al
  4. https://viconsortium.com/vi-health/virgin-islands-code-red-issued-for-cruise-at-wico-dock-as-virus-vomiting-outbreak-affects-passengers-coronavirus-not-detected- Anyone have more info on this? Article implies source seems to be food poisoning from “one of the other islands” as opposed to Norovirus, so I’m guessing the affected passengers may have had an excursion or something in common? Food poisoning is pretty fast acting...last stop was St Kitts. Anyone have knowledge on this situation?
  5. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0615-1700. She is going on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (04 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (05 Feb 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (06 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (08 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (09 Feb a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier from 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (04 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (05 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (07 Feb 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (08 Feb 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (09 Feb 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (12 Feb a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Caribbean Princess at pier 4 from 0545-1600, and Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Eurodam, Oosterdam, and Veendam on Wednesday, 5 February.
  6. I haven’t been on either ship. Which would you suggest for round trip Vancouver? We will be booking inside or obstructed view cabin. Thanks for any input. Laurie
  7. Looking for information on MDR menus and daily activities on sea days (especially any cooking related activities) currently offered on the Koningsdam Caribbean 11 day southern cruises. Departing March 4, 2020.
  8. Can anyone, who has recently been on the Koningsdam, tell me the current smoking policy in the casino. Ship Services says smoking is limited to a small area of slots. No smoking at the tables and most of the slot area.
  9. Hello - can some one confirm that there is low level - night time lighting in the bathrooms?
  10. Veendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) form 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Olivia charter. Key West, Florida (23 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Roatan, Honduras (26 Jan 1200-1800); Cozumel, Mexico (27 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (29 Jan a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She will be headed out on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (25 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (26 Jan 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (27 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (28 Jan 0800-1600); Basseterre, St. Kitts (29 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (30 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (01 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Feb a0700) There are no other cruise ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Zuiderdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1500. https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/ Next up: Rotterdam on Thursday, 23 January.
  11. Has anyone every gotten The Retreat on this ship? We have a 17 night cruise with two sets of 5 straight days at sea and thought it would be nice since we don't have a veranda. I tried to look on the website and couldn't find anything. Can someone help me find a link to it?
  12. The secret door on deck 5 is there and it says staff only when opens to a closed hatch which leads outside to the hot tub and observation deck. How do I know this because I asked a "safety" officer and he said that it is only open to the public on special occasions/transits at the direction of the bridge. He opened the hatch and took me for a quick tour. I would not suggest opening the unlocked outside hatch because when you are on the deck you are directly below the navigation bridge and they will have a full view of you. Mystery solved.
  13. How does the 2 level pool seating work? I'm looking forward to it. Is there sun on level 2? crowded etc
  14. I know gelato isn't free so who can tell me the cost :)
  15. What restaurants are open for lunch on embarkation day?
  16. Pictures online don't show a shower curtain or shower head in the Koningsdam SA bathrooms. However, the written description says there is a shower in the tub as well as a separate stall. What about the SS suites, do they just have a shower or the shower/tub combo? Thanks!
  17. A busy Sunday in Port Everglades with seven cruise ships in port. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Nassau, Bahamas (13 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (15 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (16 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Jan a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545-1600. She is heading out on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (13 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (14 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (15 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (17 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (18 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Jan a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. For the addicts: Nieuw Statendam will be in Nassau on Monday, 13 January from 0800-1600. https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/. Veendam will be in Key West on Tuesday, 14 January from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Eurodam and Veendam on Wednesday, 15 January.
  18. Does anyone know if the pinnacle Resteraunt is open on the Koningsdam, on sail away night?
  19. 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
  20. Koningsam Review - Summary Overall another enjoyable cruise with Holland America Line, but lessons were learned this time as detailed below. Some of the highlights: don't book an aft wrap, Club Orange is probably overrated, and the Neptune Lounge is a really great perk. This was my third cruise overall and the second on Koningsdam. The first Koningdam cruise was to Norway in the Summer of 2018. This was my first time on K-Dam in the Carribbean. This is a beautiful ship as others have repeatedly stated. It's a nice size and while my favorite ship is Nieuw Amsterdam, I would gladly sail Koningsdam again. Embarkation Boarding at Port Everglades was a snap. We arrived around 11am and our names were checked off a paper list. We then went through security and entered the usual boarding queue. As Neptune Suite guests, we went to the front of the line. We had our key cards in less than 3 minutes and were directed to a separate waiting area. Boarding started at 11:30am and we were some of the first people on the ship. Cabin 8195 We went immediately to our cabin 8195 which is an aft wrap Neptune Suite. I generally do not like the cabins on Koningsdam because I feel they are smaller. This cabin was no exception. Aside from the fact that it had a wrap balcony, there was nothing special about this cabin. It was like a BC or other vista suite category. The shower was tiny. My other time on Koningsdam we were in 6001 and this cabin felt similar. As usual, our room stewards were amazing and always kept the cabin spotless and well stocked. WARNING about this cabin: The aft location makes for some terrible shaking, pitching, and rocking in rough seas which we had. I barely slept a few nights. Also, there is substantial creaking in this cabin and vibration from the propulsion. On the plus side, the A/C kept the cabin freezing which I like. We did not smell cigarette smoke from the Lido deck but the sound of dragging chairs was noticeable and occasionally I could smell smoke from the engines while on the balcony. I would not book this cabin again and recommend you avoid it. It is also very far from the Neptune Lounge. The bed was also firmer than I remember and there were no "deluxe bedding" or "premium chocolate turndown" as advertised (see photo). Just regular old sheets and the boring 1 inch chocolate squares. Neptune Lounge This is one of the better perks of being in a Neptune Suite. The concierge is great and can take care of pretty much anything on the ship from reservations to problems with your cabin. We were missing our Club Orange tote bags so I reported this to the concierge. They were immediately delivered to the room after the request. There is an honor bar, champagne on certain nights, and snacks. They also have a nice cappuccino/espresso machine that I used daily. Sail Away We didn't really get to attend sail away because it was delayed. I believe this was in part to accommodate passengers from NA that had the azipod issue. We didn't sail until a little after 6pm and by that time it was dark and trivia was starting. Before we left, Adventure of the Seas gave us a close shave and we had fun waving and shouting to the passengers on that ship. It was lots of fun. Destinations We sailed to Grand Turk, San Juan PR, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. HMC was cancelled because of high winds and so the Captain just took us sailing around the Bahamian waters so that the casino could open. No free drinks that I was aware of. Kind of disappointing. Port fees were refunded. Grand Turk was very fun. On the way in we parked next to Carnival Elation which should have been called Carnival Oxidation due to all the rust. Yuck. They need to take better care of their aging fleet. We went on a snorkeling excursion that was totally worth it and lots of fun. San Juan was interesting. We walked to El Morro and visited the old town. There is an airport (TJIG) right by the port and I found it interesting that the departing ships attempted to stay north of the runway centerline to avoid landing aircraft. It was a very busy area. St. Thomas was beautiful. We rented a jeep and drove around the island visiting several beaches. It was very relaxing. Driving on the left side of the road was fun. We saw a neat stingray in the waters behind the ship. HMC didn't happen unfortunately. The winds were really howling and the sea was rough. The last two days were "sea days" spent eating, drinking, and doing trivia. Not what I wanted but these things happen I suppose. Sunsets were beautiful from the aft balcony and I was reminded how serene and powerful the sea is. Some of the views on the water are incredible. The Food I thought the food was better this trip than any prior HAL cruise. Even the Lido food seemed improved overall. We ate at Pinnacle Grill and enjoyed the steak and clothes line bacon. I had my favorite dessert - baked alaska. At the MDR we did the 8pm dining on Deck 3 and found that to be much better than the earlier dining. While I usually don't like to eat dinner so late, at that time you just walk right up to your table and the pace of the service is faster. Also, Deck 3 is cooler and quieter than Deck 2. The MDR food was consistently good. No Yum Yum Man but they did have the cart out. Club Orange I am not sure what to make of this. I think HAL is still trying to figure it out as well. We ate at "Club Orange" for two dinners. Mostly when we wanted to have a quieter dinner. The food is the same as the MDR menu with one added item each night and the option of having macaroni and cheese. The portions are larger than MDR and they try to fancy it up. I also felt the single glass wine pour at CO was more significant. I really can't figure out why anyone would want to add this to their cruise for a per day charge. It might make sense to charge people $10 per meal here just for the break from the MDR, but otherwise I don't see the benefit. We didn't purchase it separately but it was included because we were in a Neptune Suite. I did get to do the CO behind the scenes tour which was fun. It's a B-deck tour of the ship's stores and the prep areas. Our tour guide was the provision master and he was very informative. I learned a few interesting tidbits: There are "VVIPs" on board who get almost whatever they want. I saw weird requests written down like "deliver a snickers bar cut into 3 pieces every afternoon" and other eccentric nonsense. There were about a dozen VVIP cabins written down. Sadly, ours was not one. The crew demands a special kind of rice. They will not eat the rice we are used to. The crew rice is a "no go" item that must be kept in stock. All of the bread except sliced bread is made from scratch and baked on board. The ship spends about $15,000-$20,000 per month on medicine. When asked what kind of medicine, I was told "all kinds" and was told the medical center was very well stocked. Despite the rumor, someone doesn't die onboard each cruise. We did visit the morgue (empty at the time) and I was informed that in about 13 years with HAL, the provision master has heard of only a few deaths on board. The coffee is different on European cruises because they find that European passengers have different tastes. With the exception of very long cruises, all food stores are taken at cruise origination. Nothing is delivered in the foreign ports. This is mainly due to quality control and cost. By the way, the MDR salt and pepper shakers have a faint black and white ring at the top to denote salt or pepper. (see photo). The Bad It wouldn't be a true review if I didn't complain a little. Here are my gripes: It feels like staffing has been cut back a little bit. I only ever saw one room steward at a time although supposedly there are two. There was also a decrease in Lido staff. I noticed many self serve stations in the Lido which was not what I am used to. The entertainment was terrible as usual. There was a dance show that was acceptable but the comedians were awful. HAL should not book comedians who bash the audience or spend 1/2 of their set talking about all of their accomplishments. Look, bud, if your Emmy nomination was worth anything, you wouldn't be performing on a cruise ship. I think only true Neptune Suites should be marketed as such. Make sure you check out photos of your cabin before selecting it. There are websites for this. The Lido pool was a mess with kids everywhere and wet floors. I suppose some of this cannot be avoided during the Christmas holiday. The winter train set was broken. The train just sat there. There is an entire compliment of engineers on board. You'd think they could fix it. The person doing trivia shouldn't make jokes at the expense of religious people. She regretted it immediately after saying it, but come on. The spa really messed up their schedule. It would be nice if pre-purchased spa treatments showed up on your itinerary. Mine did not. HAL is really going nuts with this "save the ocean" initiative. No more plastic straws, no more sugar packets, water in cans, and other silly things that just annoy passengers. There is even a video on your in-room TV where the CEO admits it is increasing costs for the company. As a stockholder, I do not appreciate this. I commend wanting to save the oceans, but the way to do it is to take better care of handling refuse and recycling. You can't tell me that a 1L glass water bottle is better for the environment than a plastic Evian bottle. Or that mining aluminum is better for the environment. Nonsense. And to use an appropriate pun, HAL has gone overboard with the feel good nonsense all while burning fuel oil like crazy. I still really enjoy cruising HAL and I know I'll be back, but I think my next cruise will be on Celebrity just so I can make the comparison. We'll see.
  21. How does the 2 level pool seating work? I'm looking forward to it. Is there sun on level 2? crowded etc
  22. how do i reserve a specific inside cabin on HAL Koningsdam Ron L
  23. What did HAL learn from the Koningsdam that they have changed on the Nieuw Statendam?
  24. My friend is sailing on the Koningsdam and was caught aback when they discovered that their wifi was only for one device. As most of us know you have been able to log in on different devices as long as it was one at a time. Apparently, on their cruise the regular internet charge is for ONE device only. If you want access to 2 devices, you need to pay an additional charge/higher cost for internet and the same for additional devices. It has nothing to do with logging off. The devices are apparently registered somehow so only those can be used. I have no idea if this is going fleet wide or not, but..... This might explain why they are having the internet promo offer on some sailings and giving it to both parties?
  25. I will be on the 3/15/20 32 day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale to Callao and have a question about Retreat cabanas. From researching this site, I know you have to reserve them before boarding, by the week, and I have the chart of locations and pricing. I would get a 2-person cabana along the railing since it's just me. My question is: how windy is it up there? There are many sea days, and typically the sun deck or other top decks are extremely breezy. Are there any 2-person cabanas that are slightly sheltered from the wind? Thanks for any input!!
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