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We choose this cruise because we waned to go on the Konigsdam and go someplace cool (Noway). The ship was lovely but still a big disappointment. We were gone for 2 weeks. The first week Jonathan the social director was invisible. Usually cruise director introduces show walks around and sets the tone. Jonathan was non existent. The next week we had Shawn he was much better. he did what i expect a cruise director to do. We were disappointed by the lack of activities on the ship. Bingo, black jack art auctions and make your own wine were all money makers for the ship. Many other cruise lines bring in guest lectures. The only enrichment program was cruise port talks by Ian. He was very personable and humorous but after the first talk I knew all of his jokes. The attempt at culture via Lincoln Center is an insult to the musicians. It is not in a quiet area , igb nstead people are walking by and talking during the concerts. The main stage was lovely...a beautiful auditorium but in our 2 week sail 3 of the shows were repeated...as good as they were I think the Konigsdam could come up 2 weeks of different show. The guest entertainers were wonderful . There were not enough places to sit and read. Often areas that weren't used were dark... unless you had a kindle you couldn't sit and read. The Crows nest and explores lounge which is dedicated for reading and quiet games was always mobbed and noisy. The food was very good and yet the Lido market was always crowded. Tables took for ever to be cleaned.I blame management not the workers who tried very hard and were so nice. The NY deli had great food which was evidenced by the 20 minute wait during lunch time.The main dining room was even worse. Set seating and open seating were in the same area. We had the 8:15 seating and often had to wait for our table to be ready. The stateroom was very nice with ample closet space. The excursions were very expensive. I felt the Flam railroad was a rip off. we saw better views from our stateroom . To sum it up this is a lovely ship that is way too crowded and totally disorganized. It seems HAL is just interested in the bottom line. I wish they would pay the workers more and cut their profit margin ever so slightly

Lovely but Poorly Managed Konigsdam

Amsterdam Cruise Review by jiks

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We choose this cruise because we waned to go on the Konigsdam and go someplace cool (Noway). The ship was lovely but still a big disappointment. We were gone for 2 weeks. The first week Jonathan the social director was invisible. Usually cruise director introduces show walks around and sets the tone. Jonathan was non existent. The next week we had Shawn he was much better. he did what i expect a cruise director to do.

We were disappointed by the lack of activities on the ship. Bingo, black jack art auctions and make your own wine were all money makers for the ship. Many other cruise lines bring in guest lectures. The only enrichment program was cruise port talks by Ian. He was very personable and humorous but after the first talk I knew all of his jokes. The attempt at culture via Lincoln Center is an insult to the musicians. It is not in a quiet area , igb nstead people are walking by and talking during the concerts. The main stage was lovely...a beautiful auditorium but in our 2 week sail 3 of the shows were repeated...as good as they were I think the Konigsdam could come up 2 weeks of different show. The guest entertainers were wonderful .

There were not enough places to sit and read. Often areas that weren't used were dark... unless you had a kindle you couldn't sit and read. The Crows nest and explores lounge which is dedicated for reading and quiet games was always mobbed and noisy.

The food was very good and yet the Lido market was always crowded. Tables took for ever to be cleaned.I blame management not the workers who tried very hard and were so nice. The NY deli had great food which was evidenced by the 20 minute wait during lunch time.The main dining room was even worse. Set seating and open seating were in the same area. We had the 8:15 seating and often had to wait for our table to be ready.

The stateroom was very nice with ample closet space.

The excursions were very expensive. I felt the Flam railroad was a rip off. we saw better views from our stateroom . To sum it up this is a lovely ship that is way too crowded and totally disorganized. It seems HAL is just interested in the bottom line. I wish they would pay the workers more and cut their profit margin ever so slightly
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Great location..very comfortable mattress, Ample closet space...beautiful flat screen tv. Well kept by stewards
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