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30 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

30 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 2
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Punta Arenas
  • Day 7
    Chilean Fjords
  • Day 8
    Chilean Fjords
  • Day 9
    Puerto Montt
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    San Antonio (Chile)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Lima
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 20
    Corinto
  • Day 21
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 22
    Cruising
  • Day 23
    Cruising
  • Day 24
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 25
    Cruising
  • Day 26
    Cruising
  • Day 27
    San Diego
  • Day 28
    Cruising
  • Day 29
    Cruising
  • Day 30
    Victoria
  • Day 31
    Vancouver

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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Our last cruise was on a Princess ship, which turned out to be a less than ideal vacation because it appeared that the average age of the passengers was at least 82, or maybe higher. We wanted to avoid that type of crowd, so we decided to ... Read More
Our last cruise was on a Princess ship, which turned out to be a less than ideal vacation because it appeared that the average age of the passengers was at least 82, or maybe higher. We wanted to avoid that type of crowd, so we decided to try the Koningsdam. The ship itself is not luxurious in any way; there are no interesting or unusual features that are often found on other lines. The atrium itself was especially dull. The food, however, was excellent both at the lido bar and at the two main dining rooms. The variety of food was exceptional at all meals. Other than the dining areas, the only other food offering was at a pizza place and a hamburger place. We would have liked to have more options for food, especially since the hours of operation were not that great at the two places. We went on four excursions, and had mixed results with them. Our main complaint about the excursions was that we were given very little time to stop and take pictures. The professionalism of the tour guides varied considerably. We did find out that at many ports you can hire a taxi to take you to the same sites covered by the excursion, but at a considerably lower cost. Our cabin had a balcony and the room itself was suitable in size and comfort. The folks who cleaned the cabin did a phenomenal job of making sure everything was in order and that the room was perfectly cleaned. We had no issue with the cabin itself. Our main disappointment was with the entertainment and activities. In essence, there really wasn't much to do on the ship. I'm not sure why the staff can't come up with something for the passengers to do. The entertainment was especially disappointing. The same music was played night after night at the various venues. If the ship can't have different groups playing, at least have them play different songs each night. The stage entertainers were OK, but some of them performed the same acts more than one night. The acts included a pianist, a singing group, and a juggler. Not much variety. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We are not cruisers.One 4 day disaster to the Carribbean on another line was all we had to go on. We were looking for a five star floating hotel to cruise the Greek Islands and spend a few days in Athens, and we found it in spades with the ... Read More
We are not cruisers.One 4 day disaster to the Carribbean on another line was all we had to go on. We were looking for a five star floating hotel to cruise the Greek Islands and spend a few days in Athens, and we found it in spades with the HA Koningsdam! Flew into Rome, were met immediately by HA staff, and transported seamlessly to the port. Our boarding was easy, and our cabin everything I had envisioned. Now for the trip itself. We NEVER waited for anything on board.The longest line we ever had was 5 people in front of us for an omelet. The Lido deck is a thing of beauty, with all food served individually, plexi-glass covering every station (phew!), and too many choices to take in. Silverware wrapped in cloth napkins at every place, beverages served by wait staff, and, oh..desserts to die for with a killer view! For dinner, we opted for the open seating plan, and are so happy we did. We chose to sit with other couples each night (you CAN sit solo), and met so many fascinating people. The wait staff had just won a HA award for service, and were working to live up to it. The food was 4 star worthy, and no one ever rushed us or forgot we were there. A wine steward approached us each night, but there was no feeling of being "sold" anything. We paid extra for the Pinnacle Room one night and loved it. The Canneletto disappointed only because of the location.The entertainment was top notch every night, and our stop at the BB KIng lounge--a must if you love music and/or dancing--ended our nights on an up note every time. I even got to play Pickle Ball on our sea days. Deck 12 was the lounge and internet cafe with private rooms for meetings like our CruiseCritic meet and greet the first day. The fitness room is extensive with the usual forward view. Two pools and many hot tubs for relaxing. We booked tours thru Viator, and one with CruiseCritic buddies, and loved every one. Met right off the boat, on time, just as advertised, with incredible guides. Heard nothing but raves about Viator tours...not so much about those booked through the ship. And Hop-on, Hop off in Athens, Rome and Naples worked great, as usual. Do not miss Ephesus. No words to describe it accurately. MInd blowing is all I can think of. And our guide was phenomenal. If you are thinking of this HA tour-- DO IT! For adults 50 and over. Ave. age about 55-65 Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and loved all the port visits especially Kotor, Dubrovnik and Korcula. Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent, efficient and stress free. The two tender ports were also very well ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and loved all the port visits especially Kotor, Dubrovnik and Korcula. Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent, efficient and stress free. The two tender ports were also very well organised with no hold ups. Stateroom (4030) was clean and comfortable with great storage options but we travelled with our teenage daughter and found the ergonomics not so good when the pull out bed was made up. (Effectively blocked access to the balcony.) The bathroom is a good size (especially the shower) and very functional. The big negative with the stateroom was the noise level from the theatre productions, unacceptable for a new build vessel. In room entertainment offers a great choice of movies and information. Food overall was very good however the service in the main dining room was inconsistent and actually quite poor at times. The Lido buffet had good options but felt quite crowded at times and there were quite long periods where not much was available when changing between meal sessions. Service always very good in the buffet. My favourite was the Grand Dutch Cafe which offers great coffee, nice snacks (have to try the fries) and excellent service! Entertainment was not to our taste, the feature act was Vox Fortura whose singing voices were good but the show was aimed at a very 'senior' audience. The 'comedian' Chas Burnett was plain awful (had to escape after 10 minutes) The main theatre seemed too small for the number of passengers with many missing out on seats. We liked the music in the Rolling Stone Rock venue and the Blues Club but felt the sessions were cut too short. Overall the ship's public spaces felt to be too smal, I wonder if too much space has gone to pay restaurants and exclusive areas? On the whole she is a nice modern ship with an excellent crew but we felt our previous two cruises on Celebrity Solstice class vessels were far superior. Read Less
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