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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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  • 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 (Port Zante)
  • Day 9
    St. Thomas
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 12
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 13
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 14
    Grand Turk
  • Day 15
    Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Bonaire
  • Day 18
    Curacao
  • Day 19
    Aruba
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Cruising
  • 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

We flew into Rome from Miami, arriving October 31, and were efficiently whisked to the cruise port at Civitavecchia where the Koningsdam awaited. The 45 minute bus ride was uneventful and I tried to stay awake to enjoy the passing ... Read More
We flew into Rome from Miami, arriving October 31, and were efficiently whisked to the cruise port at Civitavecchia where the Koningsdam awaited. The 45 minute bus ride was uneventful and I tried to stay awake to enjoy the passing scenery. Our boarding was fast and we found the HA personnel - here and at the airport - kind and helpful. My husband and I were traveling with another couple and we had adjoining veranda cabins on Deck 8. This being our first HA cruise we were excited to get to know the ship and tried not to compare with other cruise lines. No sooner had we gotten to our cabin, when the inevitable lifeboat drill began, and it was easy and quick. We had scheduled the early dinner. Just time to eat, put away our belongings, and the time change set in to our brains so we hardly knew the ship had departed. Our cabin was comfy and the veranda was very nice, slightly larger then most because of the way our cabin was situated. The bed was very comfy and I was happy to see HA uses sheets, not the European duvets. The bathroom was a bit on the small side but the shower, with glass door, was huge and the water hot. There was more than enough closet and shelf space for our clothes and incidentals. Although we were underneath the Lido, there was no noise except for rolling of carts once in a while which was not in the least disturbing. I cannot begin to say enough about the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, both room stewards and dining room staff. It is a pleasure for us Americans (who like to get to know who is serving us) to have friendly chats with our stewards and wait people. The stewards were accommodating to our different schedules and the wait staff was wonderful. Our waiter went above and beyond when he discovered that one of our party like cold fruit soup which was not on the menu. He had a bowl of the fruit soup he made himself, for each of us, every day thereafter. The food in the dining room tended to be exotic to our more mundane tastes but there was plenty of choices and everything was tasty - except for a problem with NY strip steaks, which seemed to be overcooked - in the event, the waiter happily and quickly replaced the offending meat. The wine steward was cheerful and always came to say hello even though we were not drinkers. The Lido was not laid out in the most efficient manner, being two long lines instead of grouped in the center. This entailed a long walk to peruse the various offerings, which was difficult for one of our party who had trouble walking. The food on the Lido was generally good but please someone tell the New York Deli how to make Reubens! The entertainment we saw - a comedian, a harpist, a do-wop singling group and a singing impersonator left a bit to be desired. We have seen more talented acts on Carnival! But the singer and the harpist were enjoyable for all that. There was beautiful music played in the Lincoln Center but it took me a few days to realize this was on ship, not in New York City! I always like to look through the ship's stores. In this case, they were mostly expensive and lacking some of the everyday items one might need aboard ship. However, since the Koningsdam was repositioning, all the Mediterranean items were 75% off and boy do I love a bargain! Since this was a trans-Atlantic crossing (our second) we spent a lot of time chilling on our veranda and watching the ever-changing drama of clouds and sea. We had three ports of call, Cartagena and Malaga in Spain, and the island of Madeira. All ports were wonderful and getting on and off the ship easy. Disembarkation in Fort Lauderdale was the easiest of any cruise we have been on, since we were allowed to remain in our cabins until our numbers were called. Our Captain, Captain Timmers, was one of the most personable captains of any ship on which we have sailed. He was on the intercom every day with updates of our progress, and was delightful with his rather droll sense of humor. On the next to the last day, there was an alarm in the evening, and Captain Timmer came right on to inform us of what was happening and that all was well. My only real gripe was lack of a library. I would think that a ship the size of the Koningsdam could find a little niche somewhere for us who prefer the printed page to e-readers. Being forewarned, I had lugged two books along with me. I didn't attend any enrichment programs although they were offered daily and looked to be interesting. All in all, I would not hesitate to sail on HA again and again, even if I have to lug my own reading material! It was a wonderful ship and a great crossing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were interested in the Adriatic ports in the 13 day Mediterranean version of this cruise, and have had excellent experience with Holland America in prior cruises. This one was no exception. The Vista Suite cabin was nicely designed, ... Read More
We were interested in the Adriatic ports in the 13 day Mediterranean version of this cruise, and have had excellent experience with Holland America in prior cruises. This one was no exception. The Vista Suite cabin was nicely designed, with the sitting area near the entry door, and the beds closer to the window, making for a "roomier" feel than the typical walk-into the bed, and then around it to the sitting area. The furnishings are quite fresh, and we appreciated the large flat screen TV with free premium movies, generous sized mini-fridge, and ample, locking security safe. The verandah is decent sized, and I don't know if the seas were especially calm, but the sailing was the smoothest we've ever experienced, no matter where on the ship we were located. Main dining room service was "spotty" at breakfast, but outstanding at our assigned table for dinners. The Lido Market staff were also very helpful, and generous in getting us lemonade, coffee, teas, juices, water, and refills. The food was very good to excellent, depending on your taste, and had great variety in all venues. Entertainment in the main stage was not up to previously high standards, but the smaller venues were enjoyable, and Lincoln Center's string quintet performances were varied from Bach to Jacque Brel, to Broadway, and outstanding. The promenade decks are significantly narrower than on Holland America's other classes of ships, resulting in a rather cramped walking environment, and no deck chairs or lounges -- which we missed. Some travelers will be happy with the double-deck pool lounges, which is not a trade-off we like, but others may. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely efficiently handled, as were port visits, including those requiring tenders. All in all, a very nice ship and very nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We actually were booked on our favourite and most travelled line, Princess, on their brand new Sky Princess but when we saw the Koningsdam's itinerary we switched. We just did the 13 night itinerary in and out of Civitavecchia. The ... Read More
We actually were booked on our favourite and most travelled line, Princess, on their brand new Sky Princess but when we saw the Koningsdam's itinerary we switched. We just did the 13 night itinerary in and out of Civitavecchia. The itinerary was the main draw and we had read some pretty disparaging reviews on Cruise critic after booking, but we decided to stick with it. I am not sure why people gave such poor reviews, we loved it. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze, no queuing at all. There were some very minor irritations and we agree that the service in the Main dining room needs some tweaking, but most everything else was great. The staff were all very friendly but I think it's just a matter of more training or more staff. The food in the two specialty restaurants we tried was spectacular. Tamarind and Sel de mer both served up some of the best food we have had on any cruise ship, ever! The staff in these venues were incredible, so well trained and engaged. We enjoyed the entertainment venues including all of the music areas. BB Kings (blues), Lincoln Centre (classical), Rock n roll club and Billboard (2 pianos with 2 very personable and enjoyable artists). We made the rounds to these areas and really enjoyed it all. We heard some people complaining about loud music in some of the venues and in the main theatre but we didn't find it so, and we aren't that young either. Most people we sat around seemed to enjoy it all. In the theatre lineup the ship brought in a wonderful local music group when we were in Dubrovnik, which was a highlight of the cruise. The Music of the Knights trio were great as was the comedian and the other musical entertainment. The pool areas were wonderful with different types of seating including great lounger beds, comfy cushioned lounger, typical pool lounges, tables and chairs etc. either in a covered area or in the sun. The main pool area has a retractable roof for cool or rainy days which we loved. Perhaps there were some things that could be improved but overall we loved it. The Captain showed his care for his passengers at all times, kept us well informed of events and took the time to sail around the Island of Stromboli a couple of times to give everyonec the chance to see the volcanic eruption that occurs often on the island. The Cruise Director and his staff were involved, friendly and approachable. Trivia games were plentiful and well attended and fun! If I had to find specific things which could be improved I would say the wine list in the MDR which leans too much towards wines from the U.S. I prefer wines from elsewhere, but that's just my preference. The choices of wine at the specialty restaurants was different than the MDR and much better. As well, I am a tea granny and I found the quality of the tea poor and the lack of teapots at Afternoon tea mystifying. We also would have loved some more Enrichment talks, but because we were in port almost everyday it's understandable why this wasn't so. Pretty petty stuff right and certainly not worth fretting about. Our cabin (6047 Mozart deck)) was in good order and spotless, and we were looked after very well by our cabin steward and his assistant. They are two hardworking young men. All in all we couldn't have asked for a better time. The ports were spectacular and we came away happy and refreshed with lots of wonderful memories to carry us through til our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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