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  1. Hi all! You helpful Cruise Critic members helped me decide on an Alaska cruise and currently HAL best suit our timing and itinerary. I thought I was ready to book on the Koningsdam then noticed that there was an identical itinerary for Noordam that departs a day later. I understand the Koningsdam is a larger and newer ship, although the larger entry level suite size and cheaper cost are tempting me on the Noordam. I'd really value any opinions on people who have travelled on one or both of these ships and would care to share their thoughts.
  2. We are strongly considering a sunset balcony (5219) on the Koningsdam for an 18-day Hawaii cruise in November 2020. We stayed in a corner suite (5190) on the Oosterdam in 2018 and will have the same cabin on her in June, 2019 for an Alaska trip, so we have some experience with aft cabins. The corner suite was outstanding and I anticipate that the experience will be very different from a balcony but the suite was just too expensive for 18 days. I have some questions and concerns for the Hawaii trip. Thank you all in advance for your responses. 1. The Oosterdam cruise in 2018 was in calm waters in the Caribbean, and I expect Alaska will be fairly smooth as well. I don’t know about Hawaii though especially the 10 days at sea out and back. Might the aft cabin have considerably more movement in crossovers than a mid-ship balcony? 2. Are the aft balcony cabins covered? 3. It appears from the deck plans that the cabins adjacent to the corner suites are maybe slightly larger inside and balcony. Is that just an illusion? 4. I notice that the Koningsdam is not showing as many port side cabins available as starboard. Is that maybe because they haven’t released them yet or port cabins are much more popular and sell out first?
  3. First time on board Koningsdam, Nearing end of a long cruise the power went off during the mariners luncheon and emergency power came on. We had some sort of IT problem and for awhile no engines were functional. Finally got one on back up and running and then the others. Spent some time off Messina before entering the straights. Coast guard, tugs escorted us through the straits of Messina and the captain reported everything was checked out in Naples yesterday. It was a good location for this to happen, very near land and Messina. I would hate to be drifting far from shore, The ship is beautiful, other than the promenade and lack of library, not even a Book exchange unless you read German! We had a great cruise other than this incident but I could not believe people talked over the captains announcements when it was clearly so important! Thankfully a couple of former teachers got the crowd quieted down enough to hear. I would be fearful what might happen if things took a turn!
  4. I tried searching but couldn’t find what I wanted. With the narrow promenades on the Koningsdam is the Muster Drill still held there? If not, what and where is it held? DD
  5. Any information or opinions on Koningsdam front facing cabins would be helpful. Pictures would be nice also.
  6. 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
  7. Not sure which one to pick for our upcoming 10 Southern Carib cruise in Jan 2020. What time are the shows? Early seems too early and Late seems too late. We are two people and anytime dinning is always frustrating getting a table for two and waiting if we go at 6:30. I am leaning to Late but I read that we will miss out on shows if we do late. Please advise. THANKS
  8. Going on the Koningsdam next month some of us have received the following "Important Notification " from HAL. What are your thoughts and will this work , I am thinking of a van of 8 arriving with people in cabins on different decks or with different mariners status IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: To help facilitate a smooth start to your voyage we have implemented a progressive cruise check-in schedule. Please arrive at the check-in time listed below. If you have purchased a Holland America hotel package or airport transfer, your check-in time will be provided at your hotel or the airport. Boarding will commence shortly after check-in. All guests must be onboard 1 hour prior to sailing. 1:00 PM - Decks 7 & 10 - Schubert & Panorama Decks 1:30 PM - Decks 8 & 11 - Navigation & Sun Decks 2:00 PM - Deck 6 - Mozart Deck 2:30 PM - Deck 5 - Gershwin Deck 3:00 PM - Deck 4 - Beethoven Deck 3:30 PM - Deck 1 - Main Deck We invite our 4 & 5 Star Mariners and Pinnacle & Neptune Suite guests to arrive anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
  9. Hi There, We are newbies planing on our first Alaska cruise with HAL, We used to cruise with Princess. we are set on a 7 day round trip going the inside passage route with Glacier Bay and are having a hard time making some choices. 1. We plan to go in early - mid May, will it be too early for a "good" Alaska experience (i.e. is the weather too cold/rainy/windy to enjoy the scenery on the balcony/open decks) 2. We have 2 choices of ships: Koningsdam vs Volendam. The price is actually slightly cheaper for a vista suite on Volendam compared to a standard verandah room. Should we go for a bigger vista suite on the older Volendam or enjoy the new Koningsdam but stay in the smaller balcony room? Our main concern would be any dining experience differences as our on-ship activity may be very limited due to my next point. 3. We are debating of whether to take our 1 yr old with us on the cruise since they have a kid sail for free offer, does anyone have any positive/negative experience with infants this young on a cruise like this? looking forward to any thoughts and recommendations. Thanks, CruisingRagdoll
  10. 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?
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. What are your favorite Koningsdam restaurants & why do you like them
  17. 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!
  18. We are considering a transatlantic of the Koningsdam. Can someone recommend OV cabins they liked.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Are there tubs in cabins other than suites? From the pictures I've found it looks like most just have showers. TIA.
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