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RoyalVisit
Member Since 2014
1 review
151 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Overall we greatly enjoyed our experience on the Koningsdam. The ship is beautiful and our stateroom, VB category, Deck 4, #4022 was excellent including the extended balcony which was marvelous (partially covered, partially uncovered). ... Read more
SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
623 forum posts
30 helpful votes
We chose this cruise on a short notice three weeks before sailaway. Having had a focus on Celebrity Cruises before, we were in the mood to try something new, since Celebrity turned towards a path in the past, which was more and more not ... Read more
Up4Travel69
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I chose this cruise as I was interested in a January cruise and this was the newest ship for the mature traveler. The ship is very fresh and clean and quite easy to maneuver if you've ever been on a cruise before. This was close to my ... Read more
bari1022
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
21 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I took 38 people on the Jan. 8, 2017 sailing of the Konigsdam and we were all expecting a great cruise. Boy.....we're we wrong !!! The weather started off poorly with mean seas , high winds and tremendous waves and the ship was rocking ... Read more
GaryatMSU
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Recently returned from January 8 to 15 cruise to Eastern Caribbean, making stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. Passengers were mainly over 60, with a few families and younger children. Ate several times in main dining ... Read more
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GulfShoresCruiser
Member Since 2004
1 review
89 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We were excited to cruise on the newest HAL ship. The Koningsdam cruise was great! No lines EVER. Service was the usual outstanding HAL service. Food was excellent. The entertainment in the evening was varied and great.....HAL's ... Read more
Edman001
Member Since 2012
1 review
42 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Total lack of attention and poor attitude of crew. Had to ask every day for two wine glasses. Three people in cabin but had to ask for three towels. Room service does not give a heads up call but just pounds on the door. Then they come ... Read more
whomimaybe
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We have had some very good cruises with RC and Princess. This is our first cruise with HAL so our opinion is in comparison with RC and Princess. Lets start with the positives. I found the quality of the food and entertainment to be ... Read more
loutag
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Overview The Holland America Koningsdam is a sleek new ship. It has an appealing interior design enhanced by attractive flower arrangements and both contemporary and traditional works of art. The ship handled reasonably well in the 20 ... Read more
Lorna Doone
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
58 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We felt we made the right decision booking on Holland's newest ship. The food, service and ship were excellent. Our waiter (Gede Ysadhi and his assistant Adi Mahardika) provided enjoyable dinners serving our table for 8. The food was ... Read more
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Misty5757
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
7 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of a Holland America casino promotion--don't like the Eastern Caribbean much and this cruise basically confirmed our previous opinion. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day of the airport shooting, but ... Read more
cpaulie2
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I have sailed HAL many times before but switched to Celebrity wanted to come back to HAL liked the ports of this cruise. We were delayed till 11:30 on departure due to airport shootings and applauded the Captain for waiting as it didn't ... Read more
gproper
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Just returned from our 12 Carribean days with Holland America Lines on board the Nieuw Amsterdam. Fantastic,the stateroom staff were the most outgoing people that you could ask for. We had a veranda room with beautiful views of the ocean, ... Read more
milo49
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Having cruised with Holland America four time before, we thought this would be a great winter getaway. Embarkation was no problem,although departure was delayed 5 hrs. due to the tragic events at the Ft.Lauderdale airport. Having been on ... Read more
kbielecki70
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Just returned from the Nieuw Amsterdam's 12 night Caribbean cruise to Road Town, Tortola (BVI), Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten, ST. Thomas (USVI), and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas). The ports of call were great and it ... Read more
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mimiclem
Member Since 2002
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers in our early 60s, with over 30 cruises on ocean and river vessels. This was our first cruise on HAL - Princess is our preferred line. We found the ship to be outdated, despite its upgrades. Very dark long ... Read more
Travelgrandma10
Member Since 2013
10 reviews
15 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We decided to cruise on one of HAL’s newer ships, the Nieuw Amsterdam, as we have been on their small ships for long cruises. For the most part, we were not disappointed with this cruise. Dining: The main dining room served ... Read more
morebelman
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our third (and last) HAL cruise - all in Neptune Suites. To put this review in perspective, we paid approximately $6K (two people) for this cruise. The only good thing about this cruise was the ship itself - for an old ship, ... Read more
ironcowboy22
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
Sailed January 2017
I guess I was expecting more out of HAL. I thought it was the luxury cruise line. We did board the ship very fast in Florida except our key card to the room did not work. Had to go to the main office to fix it. We waited around an ... Read more
LORDBOWDON
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I have enjoyed HAL for 19 years but Rotterdam needs serious dry dock work soon. Visible rust on much of the superstructure, and the starboard stairs to the sky deck closed off because the supporting metal plates had rusted through was ... Read more
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sandanmann
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Service was excellent, crew was very friendly, food was great! Not crowded and never waited in a line for anything, getting on/off (usually a zoo) was smoothest ever. Our first suite experience out of 12 cruises on many different lines ... Read more
seapals2
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
484 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This cruise was already booked before we sailed in the summer on Nieuw Amsterdam in Alaska. After a disappointing first experience of HAL we tried to remain positive and not join the ship with any pre determined expectations. However ... Read more
agouram5
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Late decision to celebrate New Year's Eve on a cruise and Eurodam was the best deal we could find. Enjoyed the Zuiderdam in the Med and this ship is a sister with only a few different bars, rooms. Thought the food was terrific, fresh, ... Read more
Sweet Ginny
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
33 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we have had positive experiences with HAL, liked the itinerary, and wanted to try a new ship. We were a mixed group - two teens (16,17), my partner and myself (50,52) and my mom 83- this was her 36th cruise. I ... Read more
edmondryan
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Myself and My Husband checked with a travel agent before doing this cruise. We had done 5 cruises before but never a Holland American. Heard the Koningsdam was a new ship and the price was reasonable. We had a inside cabin which was a ... Read more
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