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We’re surprised by the variation of these early Koningsdam reviews. We had a great time (this being our first HAL cruise), having recently cruised with Crystal. We wanted to try a new ship, and we loved this newest member of HAL. We were on the 7-day Norway cruise that started/ended in Amsterdam. Perhaps being in a Neptune suite (deck 7) spoiled us with the added amenities/services in the the Neptune Lounge, but all the staff we met … from the room stewards to the MDR dining staff … was faultless. We were always addressed by our names, and the politeness of the staff, especially in the Neptune Lounge, seemed natural and genuine. In fact, we heard that most of the staff were hand-picked from the other HAL ships, so in a sense, we got the ‘best of the best.’ We liked the mix of port/sea days, and spent sea days working out in the gym, relaxing in the sauna (gazing out picturesque windows … wow), taking computer classes (sadly on Windows, and not on MAC computers), and joining the excellent behind-the-scenes tour (spread across two afternoons). While we echo the disappointment over the lack of a library and the compromised promenade deck, these were not deal breakers for us. Meals in the MDR were surprisingly good, and the gala night menu, especially ... lobster tail and filet mignon … was impressive. Shellfish, particularly shrimp, was a high point. We also enjoyed the Culinary Arts Center and Tamarind, but found the MDR to be more than satisfactory. And particularly satisfying were the french fries by the pool, and cookies at the Dutch Cafe. Yum! Even breakfast in the LIDO was fine, with its wide assortment of foods (although tables were hard to find on the last morning). So, in the way of dining, we were certainly not lacking. The world stage on the Koningsdam was a wonder to behold. However, not all the performances were consistently good, so perhaps this is an area to improve upon (as well as the lack of lectures on sea days). The artwork throughout the ship was eye-catching, and areas like the Crow’s Nest were a delightful haven. On the Music Walk, we gravitated to the classical venue at the Lincoln Center Stage. HAL is heading in the right direction, and like many others, we look forward to coming back.

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Koningsdam Cruise Review by OceanPatter

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We’re surprised by the variation of these early Koningsdam reviews. We had a great time (this being our first HAL cruise), having recently cruised with Crystal. We wanted to try a new ship, and we loved this newest member of HAL. We were on the 7-day Norway cruise that started/ended in Amsterdam.

Perhaps being in a Neptune suite (deck 7) spoiled us with the added amenities/services in the the Neptune Lounge, but all the staff we met … from the room stewards to the MDR dining staff … was faultless. We were always addressed by our names, and the politeness of the staff, especially in the Neptune Lounge, seemed natural and genuine. In fact, we heard that most of the staff were hand-picked from the other HAL ships, so in a sense, we got the ‘best of the best.’

We liked the mix of port/sea days, and spent sea days working out in the gym, relaxing in the sauna (gazing out picturesque windows … wow), taking computer classes (sadly on Windows, and not on MAC computers), and joining the excellent behind-the-scenes tour (spread across two afternoons). While we echo the disappointment over the lack of a library and the compromised promenade deck, these were not deal breakers for us.

Meals in the MDR were surprisingly good, and the gala night menu, especially ... lobster tail and filet mignon … was impressive. Shellfish, particularly shrimp, was a high point. We also enjoyed the Culinary Arts Center and Tamarind, but found the MDR to be more than satisfactory. And particularly satisfying were the french fries by the pool, and cookies at the Dutch Cafe. Yum! Even breakfast in the LIDO was fine, with its wide assortment of foods (although tables were hard to find on the last morning). So, in the way of dining, we were certainly not lacking.

The world stage on the Koningsdam was a wonder to behold. However, not all the performances were consistently good, so perhaps this is an area to improve upon (as well as the lack of lectures on sea days). The artwork throughout the ship was eye-catching, and areas like the Crow’s Nest were a delightful haven. On the Music Walk, we gravitated to the classical venue at the Lincoln Center Stage.

HAL is heading in the right direction, and like many others, we look forward to coming back.
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Neptune Suite with Verandah
Cabin SB 7090
Loved the spaciousness of the Neptune suite and oversize balcony. Divine! However, most of the Neptune suites on deck 7 seemed to be across from a service/staff door (or the Neptune Lounge itself), which could be noisy at times ... this was not evident from the deck plan. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the amenities of the suite very much.
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