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21 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

21 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Maarten
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Martinique
  • Day 6
    Barbados
  • Day 7
    Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
  • Day 7
    St. Lucia
  • Day 8
    St. Kitts
  • Day 9
    St. Thomas
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 12
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Bonaire
  • Day 16
    Curacao
  • Day 17
    Aruba
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Amber Cove
  • Day 20
    Grand Turk
  • Day 21
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 22
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Koningsdam

Koningsdam - Holland America Line

Pros

Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

Cons

Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

Bottom Line

Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers


Cruise Reviews

6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Embarkation: There were many HAL employees at Rome Airport waiting for arriving passengers. For the most part, things were well-organized. In Civitavecchia, check-in was smooth. Cabin: Well appointed, decent (not overwhelming) ... Read More
Embarkation: There were many HAL employees at Rome Airport waiting for arriving passengers. For the most part, things were well-organized. In Civitavecchia, check-in was smooth. Cabin: Well appointed, decent (not overwhelming) amount of storage space. One of the best showers I’ve had in a long time. Toilet did face an odd way, forcing some “repositioning”. Bed was very comfortable, though we had to ask several times for feather pillows. Oversized balcony (compared to Princess and Celebrity). Only downside was little space to walk between bathroom, cabin door, and closet. We were always bumping into each other or bumping doors into each other. Cabin steward was attentive. One issue was noise. We constantly heard people in next cabin talking (at a normal volume). Also, we were forward on the ship on Deck 4. If you’re mid-ship on Deck 4, you’re going to hear a lot of noise from the music lounges. Food: HAL did a fine job with the buffets for all 3 meals. The only issue we had was that they seemed to close down early for lunch (even on embarkation day). Dinners were, for the most part, excellent, I don’t eat meat and did find some very good fish. Service was never rushed in the MDR. I would have liked it I the Dutch Café were opened after 830pm Once nice touch was that if you got a pager because your table wasn’t ready (it happened each night to us—on anytime dining), that pager got you a 2nd drink for $2.00 in the nearest bar. Kudos to maître’d for not allowing someone in the MDR wearing shorts. High tea didn’t impress; they merely put a tray of sweets on the table, no serving scones, sandwiches, etc. in courses. Public Rooms/Shows: The main theatre shows were nothing to write home about. They spent all of their money on LED lights, not on the dancers and singers. Excellent R+B band in the BB King lounge and quality classical music concerts in the Lincoln Center Stage. They didn’t pander to the audience; they played full-length chamber pieces. Casino was always empty. We never used the pools, but there always seemed to be available chair. (however, this was a port-intensive cruise, not one for sun bathers). Gym: Excellent cardio equipment, but needs more weight training machines. There is a dedicated running track, so you won't get in the way of deck chairs. Other -the entire ship was very clean and ship personnel consistently polite and helpful. I had to pay $199 for a week’s internet. Expensive. I also paid $108 for 12 days of unlimited laundry. Expensive, but worth it. The ship has no laundry room or even a place to press clothes. Enjoyed trivia, but same team won each time! The median age on the ship was lower than I expected. We’re very active 60-ites and did not feel we were alone. Nice to be on a ship with full wrap-around promenade deck. However, much of the seaview is blocked by lifeboats and there are no seats. Ports of Call: (note: we normally do not take the ship’s shore excursions. We study local train and bus schedules in advance and prefer to use mass transit, so use the following as ideas on how see and save more!) Cartegena: Easy off the ship. Quick walk into town. We took the hop-on-hop-of bus around town and then walked the pedestrian-only streets. Cute town, but no major sites Cadiz: Took the shuttle into town. We had every intention of taking the train to Jerez, but we ran late. Instead we walked around town, through the old city, visiting churches, the beautiful park, and then the murillo (wall around the city). Lots of walking. Gibralter: We walked all the way from ship into center of town, then to Cable Car. Waiting a long time on line, but view from the top (which you cannot get with a cab ride) was excellent. Stopped at English pub for beer on way back and bought several bottles of duty-free booze in town. Malaga: Again, a very long walk from the ship to centro (downtown), so we paid for a shuttle bus. Walked downtown in morning, then at 11, we took a free walking tour with Explora Malaga. 5 star! You pay tips. Guide was excellent. After the tour, we visited the Alcazaba. Barcelona: We took a city bus which stops at the ship into town. Walked up the Rambla to the Metro, then took a local train to Montserrat (well worth it), though we were accidentally in the line for the Black Madonna when all we wanted to see was the cathedral. After train ride back, stopped for beer on Placa Reial, where we booked a free walking tour with Runner Bean. Also excellent. The tour was of the Gaudi sites and the Eixample. Exhausted, we found a local restaurant off the Ramblas. The next morning, we started with a walk up the Ramblas to the Boqueria Marquia, followed by another 2.5 hour walking tour, also with Runner Bean, this time of the Old City (Barri Gotic). We then went back to the Ramblas for a tour of the Liceu Opera House. Marseille: We didn’t have much desire to see this city and paid for the ship’s shuttle (the ship docks 5 miles away). However, there was a local bus, we should have taken. I complained to Shore Excursions, but they didn’t offer me a refund. Once in Marseille, we walked to the Metro, then to the Bus Station (right next to the train station) and took a bus to Aix-en-Provence. Well worth it. Very cute. Monte Carlo: Again, we weren’t interested in the port. We took a local bus (2 Euros) just to get near the casino to change to another bus to Eze (the one in the mountains). For 1.50 Euros we got to Eze, then used the same ticket to continue to Nice. For me, Eze was the highlight of the cruise. In fact, The Obama family, along with Bono from U2, were there the day before! In Nice, we walked through the old city, then down to the Promenade des Anglais. From there another several mile walk back around the harbor to catch a bus to Villefrance sue Mer. We stopped there, walked the old walls, and had gelato (glace!). Continuing on our 1.50 Euro we went back to Monte Carlo. A very tiring day, but we did 3 cities besides Monte Carlo on less than $10 USD. Livorno: We took the ship shuttle downtown, then connected to a local bus to the train station. Since we had been to Firenze before, we visited Lucca. There, we rented bikes from a guy we read about in the Rick Steves’ book. Another coincidence: Steves was there the week before and we saw a newspaper article with him and the bike shop owner. We rode around the walled city and visited the Puccini Museum (we’re opera lovers). On the way back, we stopped at Pisa for a quick view of the Tower and (another!) beer. The train tickets cost us about $8.00 US for both stops. Disembarkation: HAL allows passengers to linger in cabin longer than other ships. Luggage was waiting. We took ship shuttle to connect to local bus to train station. We took the train to Rome and stayed one night, just to visit Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel. I’m glad we got our tickets in advance. WAY too crowded and hot…and when you get to Sistine Chapel at the end, you can’t take pictures! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this cruise as I had previously used HA for Med cruises and really enjoyed the experience, rated it as the best cruise line I had been on This time was quite different and although the staff are still fantastic the changes to ... Read More
We chose this cruise as I had previously used HA for Med cruises and really enjoyed the experience, rated it as the best cruise line I had been on This time was quite different and although the staff are still fantastic the changes to the ship made it impossible to find a quiet place to sit and read or talk The promenade deck was reduced to a very small area with no room for loungers in the shade where you could have a quiet rest looking at the sea and the lifeboats hung in the way so not much view There wasn’t anywhere on the boat we could get away from loud piped pop music and the only loungers were in the full sun There were so many children in the pool area that made it noisy and a very hot place too The adults pool and spa were in a smoking area so smelly and hot! The lunch dining room is not available now and there are no libraries They don’t have the events like they used to and the free drink and nibbles for sail away and last night is no more The shows are not nearly as elaborate although this ship had a great screen background and technical capability for laser shows You are constantly bombarded with requests to buy alcohol if you sit anywhere on the ship The jogging area was really tiny Everything is now designed to make more money We won’t hurry back and will try other lines now Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation went as smoothly as we could have ever dreamed. No problem until you are at the Civitavecchia port trying to get anywhere, but that is not the cruise company's fault. The ship is classic and elegant, ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went as smoothly as we could have ever dreamed. No problem until you are at the Civitavecchia port trying to get anywhere, but that is not the cruise company's fault. The ship is classic and elegant, and not too big. It was easy and quick to get everywhere from anywhere on the ship. The cabins are well appointed, nicely decorated, spacious, with lots of storage space. There was fine dining in the very attractive dining room, and lots of choices in the Lido Buffet. However, it closes early, and although some sections are open longer, it really limits the choices and it gets crowded. Service was excellent everywhere. Entertainment was very poor. You can read a more extensive review in Trip Advisor. We didn't take any ship shore excursions which are outrageously priced, so we booked three on our own, in Katakolon (Olympia), Kusadasi (Ephesus), and the Amalfi Coast with Pompeii. The only disappointment was in Olympia, not with the places we visited, but with our "guide". We hired Manoussis Tours, with a total of 7 people in our group. Adriana wasn't really a guide but a driver who would pick us up at the port, take us to the different places, and return us to the ship. She was not were she was supposed to be and we were expected to find her. Then she gave us instructions to meet her at a parking lot in Olympia which resulted in two of us getting lost and making everyone late because there were two possible ways to go and we forgot which was the right one. It would have been much more professional to meet us all right outside the museum and walk us together to her van. Then she kept us waiting after lunch to pick us up which didn't matter much because we were all having a really good time. We then drove by and got out to see a beach, more to please her than anything else. None of us really cared to go to a beach. Mr Manoussis really tried to accommodate our wishes, and I don't know that it is his fault that things didn't work out very well with our driver. Read Less
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