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This was our 16th cruise, second on Hal. We chose because of the new ship of the MS Koningsdam and the christening cruise, plus we liked several of the ports as well. It was one of the most fabulous trips we have ever taken. The Koningsdam ship is stunning and well-designed (I am an Interior Designer) so I was more critical than the average person and it was an entire time of eye-candy in the way the ship was designed. So many stunning areas of details and beauty every where you looked. Each public area was unique and it seemed like no dollars were skimped at all. Beautiful art everywhere, high-end fabrics and seating in each room. Dining Room was stunning and comfortable. So many options from the Culinary Center, The Pinnacle Grill, The Crow's Nest (our very favorite place), so many interesting bars and food areas. Food once again was fantastic and plentiful. The Pinnacle Grill was a beautiful experience with a fabulous menu and presentation. We LOVED the New York Pizza area at the Pool area for not such predictable food and a fun area for casual dining. Service on this ship was nothing less than outstanding every single place we went. They are doing something right as all their employees seem relaxed and happy and always always concerned that they pleased you at every turn. We have experienced this consistent high-level of service on very few ships, and it made our experience just fabulous! We honestly can't say enough about that. Areas we felt needed some more attention is the entertainment seemed to be hit or miss in the World Theatre. We were dissappointed many nights at the quality of shows both with HAL and those they brought on. We would have liked some live entertainment on the pool deck during the day, but that was never offered. They do a movie on the pool deck that is Amazing. They re-fit the chairs for a more comfortable experience, complete with great blankets and popcorn, pretzels and other food goodies. It is extremely well done and fun!!!! We were on the Christening Cruise and treated like royalty and they really outdid themselves on the whole experience. We felt like we were invited to a royal wedding which included a Gala in Amsterdaam, Fireworks leaving Rotterdam, invites to all the on-board activities with the Queen and other dignitaries, ringing of the bell and truly so much more. Way beyond what we ever expected. There were a few items we felt needed improving but there it is a reach in most cases. All we both can say is that this will be a life-long memory we will hold dear in our hearts and we felt it was worth every penny! As long-time cruisers and more discriminating as we get older, HAl, met those expectations and more. Simply...it was FANTASTIC!!!!

STUNNING VACATION ON THE KONINGSDAM

Koningsdam Cruise Review by LJBaker

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This was our 16th cruise, second on Hal. We chose because of the new ship of the MS Koningsdam and the christening cruise, plus we liked several of the ports as well. It was one of the most fabulous trips we have ever taken. The Koningsdam ship is stunning and well-designed (I am an Interior Designer) so I was more critical than the average person and it was an entire time of eye-candy in the way the ship was designed. So many stunning areas of details and beauty every where you looked. Each public area was unique and it seemed like no dollars were skimped at all. Beautiful art everywhere, high-end fabrics and seating in each room. Dining Room was stunning and comfortable. So many options from the Culinary Center, The Pinnacle Grill, The Crow's Nest (our very favorite place), so many interesting bars and food areas. Food once again was fantastic and plentiful. The Pinnacle Grill was a beautiful experience with a fabulous menu and presentation. We LOVED the New York Pizza area at the Pool area for not such predictable food and a fun area for casual dining.

Service on this ship was nothing less than outstanding every single place we went. They are doing something right as all their employees seem relaxed and happy and always always concerned that they pleased you at every turn. We have experienced this consistent high-level of service on very few ships, and it made our experience just fabulous! We honestly can't say enough about that.

Areas we felt needed some more attention is the entertainment seemed to be hit or miss in the World Theatre. We were dissappointed many nights at the quality of shows both with HAL and those they brought on. We would have liked some live entertainment on the pool deck during the day, but that was never offered. They do a movie on the pool deck that is Amazing. They re-fit the chairs for a more comfortable experience, complete with great blankets and popcorn, pretzels and other food goodies. It is extremely well done and fun!!!!

We were on the Christening Cruise and treated like royalty and they really outdid themselves on the whole experience. We felt like we were invited to a royal wedding which included a Gala in Amsterdaam, Fireworks leaving Rotterdam, invites to all the on-board activities with the Queen and other dignitaries, ringing of the bell and truly so much more. Way beyond what we ever expected.

There were a few items we felt needed improving but there it is a reach in most cases. All we both can say is that this will be a life-long memory we will hold dear in our hearts and we felt it was worth every penny! As long-time cruisers and more discriminating as we get older, HAl, met those expectations and more. Simply...it was FANTASTIC!!!!
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Cabin was smaller than what we expected. It could have been a bit larger, but well-appointed and excellent storage!
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