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We choose this cruise because it focused primarily on Spain and Portugal, which we had not visited previously and the ports included in this cruise were very much of interest to us. Overall the cruise exceeded our expectations and we had a great time. Although, there were some hiccups, when you put things in perspective overall the cruise was excellent. My observations of various aspects of the cruise are as follows: Embarkation in Amsterdam was rough. This was by the far the biggest, most unpleasant problem we encountered. We took an overnight, trans Atlantic flight and arrived in Amsterdam around 11 am. We gathered our bags, met the Holland representative and took the Holland transfer to the Amsterdam cruise terminal. It was a zoo. When we arrived at the cruise terminal, we joined a very long queue that snaked around the terminal. We were tired after a long overseas trip. There was no Holland representative anywhere to be seen as we waited in line. We had no information and no idea how long we would have to wait. No refreshments were provided to the people waiting in line. Even when we eventually made our way into the large room where registration was taking place, there were more lines and everything seemed very chaotic. In the end we landed up waiting for over an hour until we could register and get our stateroom key. So the unpleasant embarkation experience really got the cruise off on the wrong foot for us. We have sailed on Holland America many times before and this was by far the worst embarkation we have experienced. Luckily things improved substantially from that point on.... Our Stateroom - our bags were delivered to our stateroom promptly after embarkation. We liked our verandah stateroom quite a bit. It was somewhat more compact than verandah staterooms on other Holland ships on which we had cruised. However the room was well designed, clean, modern and everything worked. We liked the a/c and heating system - much more effective than on other Holland ships. There was a great shower in the room but no bath, which my wife missed. There have been complaints in several reviews about the angle and space of the toilet. I'm 6'2" and only found this to be no more than a minor irritant. There was also large LCD TV in our room and the in room. TV available is very limited but the selection of movies available, for those "at sea" days, especially when the weather does not cooperate, was very good. You can also get basic info on the weather in each port, location, activities on board, excursions, dining menus, etc through the TV system and the Holland app. I recommend downloading the Holland app as soon as you get on board - you can connect to the Internet from it, there are a number of free sites (e.g. NY Times), you can view your account statement on-line, you can see the menus in each of the restaurants for that evening and you can do all kinds of other useful things. When you use the Internet to connect to external sites, however, it still is costly and slow. That's something that should be improved eventually. Our room stewards were great too - we appreciated that. Ship - the ship is modern and very clean but the decor is not as nice as on other Holland ships. There is no/little artwork and few flower arrangements. The art work has been replaced by cheap looking, musically themed items. Moreover, the mid ship exterior glass elevators are gone and there is no library. Overall the ship does feel more crowded than the Signature Class and Vista Class Holland ships on which we have sailed. Even though the Koningsdam is larger than these other ships, it is easy to "navigate" and the signage is much improved. There is still a walking track outside on the Promenade deck (Deck 3) but the track is narrower in places than on other ships and the views are now mainly obstructed by the life boats. Still, if you want to go for a brisk walk and take in the ocean air it is great place to go. The front desk staff on the ship were great - any time we had a question or needed something they were super helpful. In fact, the service from all staff throughout the cruise was excellent - bravo Holland America! Food - overall we were pleasantly surprised by the wuality of the food and the service in the MDR - considerably better than on recent other cruises on other Holland ships. We had several real nice dinners at the MDR The Lido was always very, very busy at breakfast and it was pretty much the same for lunch the couple of times we tried to have lunch there. Comments on previous reviews about having to scramble to find a table at breakfast or lunch are very accurate. We did, however, like being served at each of the stations - this is more sanitary and should resul;t in less waste. The NY Pizza & Deli (10th deck) & the Dive-In *by the main Lido deck pool) are great alternatives for lunch or for a snack. The pizzas at NY Pizza and Deli were a revelation. They are done to order and you can choose your own ingredients. Yummy! We also really enjoyed the hamburgers at the Dive-In. I recommend the "Cannonball" - best burger at sea. And their fries are worth the price of the cruise alone! Specialty restaurants - we ate once at each of the specialty restaurants. On the positive side, we really enjoyed our experience at the Culinary Arts Center and recommend it. We enjoyed seeing how the chefs prepared and presented different dishes. We picked up several nice cooking tips, we had a great meal and we left with the recipes. A lovely evening. Similarly we found the food and service very good at Cannaletto. We had a table by the window from which we had a view of the Gibraltar harbor. It doesn't get much better than that. We tried the special De Liberije dinner at the Pinnacle and really enjoyed that as well. Good food and great service form our server, Amber. We had a few not-so-great experiences at other specialty restaurants. Our lunch at the Pinnacle was mediocre, at best. It's a shame - going to the Pinnacle used to be a special event. The decor of the Pinnacle on the Koningsdam is bland and the food we tried was ordinary. At the Tamarind, our group of 4 was given a table where the light from the setting sun made things very uncomfortable. No one could seem to figure out how to adjust the blinds so they gave us another noisy table by the kitchen instead. The service at the Tamarind was impersonal and the servers interrupted us several times without even acknowledging it. And the meal itself was not as good as at the Tamarind on other ships - it is a shame to ruin lobster like that. We also had high hopes for the new, a la carte French brasserie type restaurant on the Koningsdam, Sel de Mer. We have spent a lot of time in France and have several good French type restaurants where we live so we know good French food. Sel de Mer is not an authentic French type restaurant. My wife returned her appetizer (3 different seafood salads) and the mains were OK but nothing memorable. For the price we expected much better. Entertainment - there was a much better selection of entertainment on this cruise than on any other Holland cruise we previously took. We appreciated that the production numbers with the dancers were more contemporary and there were shows like BBC Frozen Earth that took good advantage of the World Stage. Other reviews noted problems with limited capacity for shows at the World Stage but we never experienced any problems even though our cruise was full. We liked the "Music Walk" concept a lot and we took advantage of the various options - listened to a classical concert, went to the BB King All Stars shows several times (they were great!) and went to a couple of shows on the World Stage. Kudos to Holland for improving the number and quality of the entertainment options and modernizing them as well. Excursions - we only took one excursion with Holland America because we find them expensive and also often they use lbig coaches and there are large crowds. The one excursion we took with Holland, an all day excursion to Stonehenge & Salisbury, was well organized and quite interesting. In Portugal and Spain we booked several excursions with Spain Day Tours. Usually you tour with them in smaller groups and in some instances you can get to places that big tours can not. We wound that their guides were very good to excellent and they are very reliable. I would highly recommend them. Life on board - We found the comments by other reviewers that there is little to do on board on "At Sea" days, unless you want to spend $, quite accurate. Holland held a couple of mid-afternoon "dance teas" which were simply terrible. Please bring back the Dutch tea, Indonesian tea and other similar teas that were available on other ships. One pleasant thing we noticed - we didn't seem to be "nickeled and dimed" as much as on other Holland cruises. Disembarkation - we had expedited disembarkation with transfer to the Rome airport. The disembarkation went well and we were promptly whisked to the Rome airport. We were very pleased. So overall there were some hits and misses but the ports were great, the weather was fantastic, service on board was consistently excellent, for the most part we liked the food and the entertainment options were very good. So we give this cruise high marks. It exceeded our expectations in many respects

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Koningsdam Cruise Review by sensrock

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
We choose this cruise because it focused primarily on Spain and Portugal, which we had not visited previously and the ports included in this cruise were very much of interest to us. Overall the cruise exceeded our expectations and we had a great time. Although, there were some hiccups, when you put things in perspective overall the cruise was excellent. My observations of various aspects of the cruise are as follows:

Embarkation in Amsterdam was rough. This was by the far the biggest, most unpleasant problem we encountered. We took an overnight, trans Atlantic flight and arrived in Amsterdam around 11 am. We gathered our bags, met the Holland representative and took the Holland transfer to the Amsterdam cruise terminal. It was a zoo. When we arrived at the cruise terminal, we joined a very long queue that snaked around the terminal. We were tired after a long overseas trip. There was no Holland representative anywhere to be seen as we waited in line. We had no information and no idea how long we would have to wait. No refreshments were provided to the people waiting in line. Even when we eventually made our way into the large room where registration was taking place, there were more lines and everything seemed very chaotic. In the end we landed up waiting for over an hour until we could register and get our stateroom key. So the unpleasant embarkation experience really got the cruise off on the wrong foot for us. We have sailed on Holland America many times before and this was by far the worst embarkation we have experienced. Luckily things improved substantially from that point on....

Our Stateroom - our bags were delivered to our stateroom promptly after embarkation. We liked our verandah stateroom quite a bit. It was somewhat more compact than verandah staterooms on other Holland ships on which we had cruised. However the room was well designed, clean, modern and everything worked. We liked the a/c and heating system - much more effective than on other Holland ships. There was a great shower in the room but no bath, which my wife missed. There have been complaints in several reviews about the angle and space of the toilet. I'm 6'2" and only found this to be no more than a minor irritant. There was also large LCD TV in our room and the in room. TV available is very limited but the selection of movies available, for those "at sea" days, especially when the weather does not cooperate, was very good. You can also get basic info on the weather in each port, location, activities on board, excursions, dining menus, etc through the TV system and the Holland app. I recommend downloading the Holland app as soon as you get on board - you can connect to the Internet from it, there are a number of free sites (e.g. NY Times), you can view your account statement on-line, you can see the menus in each of the restaurants for that evening and you can do all kinds of other useful things. When you use the Internet to connect to external sites, however, it still is costly and slow. That's something that should be improved eventually. Our room stewards were great too - we appreciated that.

Ship - the ship is modern and very clean but the decor is not as nice as on other Holland ships. There is no/little artwork and few flower arrangements. The art work has been replaced by cheap looking, musically themed items. Moreover, the mid ship exterior glass elevators are gone and there is no library. Overall the ship does feel more crowded than the Signature Class and Vista Class Holland ships on which we have sailed. Even though the Koningsdam is larger than these other ships, it is easy to "navigate" and the signage is much improved. There is still a walking track outside on the Promenade deck (Deck 3) but the track is narrower in places than on other ships and the views are now mainly obstructed by the life boats. Still, if you want to go for a brisk walk and take in the ocean air it is great place to go. The front desk staff on the ship were great - any time we had a question or needed something they were super helpful. In fact, the service from all staff throughout the cruise was excellent - bravo Holland America!

Food - overall we were pleasantly surprised by the wuality of the food and the service in the MDR - considerably better than on recent other cruises on other Holland ships. We had several real nice dinners at the MDR

The Lido was always very, very busy at breakfast and it was pretty much the same for lunch the couple of times we tried to have lunch there. Comments on previous reviews about having to scramble to find a table at breakfast or lunch are very accurate. We did, however, like being served at each of the stations - this is more sanitary and should resul;t in less waste.

The NY Pizza & Deli (10th deck) & the Dive-In *by the main Lido deck pool) are great alternatives for lunch or for a snack. The pizzas at NY Pizza and Deli were a revelation. They are done to order and you can choose your own ingredients. Yummy! We also really enjoyed the hamburgers at the Dive-In. I recommend the "Cannonball" - best burger at sea. And their fries are worth the price of the cruise alone!

Specialty restaurants - we ate once at each of the specialty restaurants. On the positive side, we really enjoyed our experience at the Culinary Arts Center and recommend it. We enjoyed seeing how the chefs prepared and presented different dishes. We picked up several nice cooking tips, we had a great meal and we left with the recipes. A lovely evening. Similarly we found the food and service very good at Cannaletto. We had a table by the window from which we had a view of the Gibraltar harbor. It doesn't get much better than that. We tried the special De Liberije dinner at the Pinnacle and really enjoyed that as well. Good food and great service form our server, Amber.

We had a few not-so-great experiences at other specialty restaurants. Our lunch at the Pinnacle was mediocre, at best. It's a shame - going to the Pinnacle used to be a special event. The decor of the Pinnacle on the Koningsdam is bland and the food we tried was ordinary. At the Tamarind, our group of 4 was given a table where the light from the setting sun made things very uncomfortable. No one could seem to figure out how to adjust the blinds so they gave us another noisy table by the kitchen instead. The service at the Tamarind was impersonal and the servers interrupted us several times without even acknowledging it. And the meal itself was not as good as at the Tamarind on other ships - it is a shame to ruin lobster like that. We also had high hopes for the new, a la carte French brasserie type restaurant on the Koningsdam, Sel de Mer. We have spent a lot of time in France and have several good French type restaurants where we live so we know good French food. Sel de Mer is not an authentic French type restaurant. My wife returned her appetizer (3 different seafood salads) and the mains were OK but nothing memorable. For the price we expected much better.

Entertainment - there was a much better selection of entertainment on this cruise than on any other Holland cruise we previously took. We appreciated that the production numbers with the dancers were more contemporary and there were shows like BBC Frozen Earth that took good advantage of the World Stage. Other reviews noted problems with limited capacity for shows at the World Stage but we never experienced any problems even though our cruise was full. We liked the "Music Walk" concept a lot and we took advantage of the various options - listened to a classical concert, went to the BB King All Stars shows several times (they were great!) and went to a couple of shows on the World Stage. Kudos to Holland for improving the number and quality of the entertainment options and modernizing them as well.

Excursions - we only took one excursion with Holland America because we find them expensive and also often they use lbig coaches and there are large crowds. The one excursion we took with Holland, an all day excursion to Stonehenge & Salisbury, was well organized and quite interesting. In Portugal and Spain we booked several excursions with Spain Day Tours. Usually you tour with them in smaller groups and in some instances you can get to places that big tours can not. We wound that their guides were very good to excellent and they are very reliable. I would highly recommend them.

Life on board - We found the comments by other reviewers that there is little to do on board on "At Sea" days, unless you want to spend $, quite accurate. Holland held a couple of mid-afternoon "dance teas" which were simply terrible. Please bring back the Dutch tea, Indonesian tea and other similar teas that were available on other ships. One pleasant thing we noticed - we didn't seem to be "nickeled and dimed" as much as on other Holland cruises.

Disembarkation - we had expedited disembarkation with transfer to the Rome airport. The disembarkation went well and we were promptly whisked to the Rome airport. We were very pleased.

So overall there were some hits and misses but the ports were great, the weather was fantastic, service on board was consistently excellent, for the most part we liked the food and the entertainment options were very good. So we give this cruise high marks. It exceeded our expectations in many respects
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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 5076
As noted above, our stateroom was more compact than verandah staterooms on other Holland ships on which we had cruised. However the room was well designed, clean, modern and everything worked. We also had a nice balcony with comfortable deck furniture that was in good condition - better than on previous cruises.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Excellent excursion. Our guide, Marta, made us almost feel like part of the family and we learned a lot about life in Spain and Spanish culture throughout the tour. Tour included drive along the Passeig de Gracia, stop at La Pedrera and then a visit to Park Guell, which I really enjoyed. Then we went to the Familia Sagrada, where we walked around all sides of the exterior of the cathedral and got explanations from our guide. Afterwards we were supposed to go to visit other sites withing Barcelona but traffic was blocked because of demonstrations in town just before the Catalonia referendum. So our guide and driver changed the plans on the fly and took us to Montserrat earlier than expected. We enjoyed the drive to the monastery along the winding roads and the visit of the monastery. While there we had a little free time - just enough time to go into 1 or 2 stores and have a coffee. When we returned to Barcelona we were able to drive to the Plaza de Espana and from there to Montjuic, the Olympic site. There we stopped at the Marabella platform, form which we had great views of the city, the Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Cathedral, the Columbus monument, the port and the ocean - a great way to finish a great day. We finally made it back to the ship around 7pm. A long day but well worth it.
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  • Cartagena (Spain)
    We visited Cartagena on our own using Tom's port guide, which I had downloaded prior to the trip. Cartagena is easy to explore on your own. The most interesting site in my opinion is the Roman museum and Roman theater ruins. You can buy an admission ticket there (if you are over 60 you can ask for a senior rate and save a few Euros) that gives you access to the Roman Museum and theater, the Roman forum and the lift in the city that takes you up to the top of the hill with nice views all around. We found there was not an awful lot to see and do in Cartagena and after a few hours we felt that we had covered everything we had planned to do. The nicest part of the day in Cartagena was the caffe con leche and almond torte on the terrace of a little café overlooking Plaza San Francisco.
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  • Corsica (Ajaccio)
    We were in Ajaccio on a rainy Sunday. Although there was a bustling local food market in the central square, almost all the shops were closed. We took the yellow bus tour of the city (cost 8 Euros), which went out to the Sanguinaire islands. The tour lasts about an hour and gives you a good overview of the city and the area near by.. We were not all that impressed by what we saw - the beaches near Ajaccio are really nothing to write home about and the city itself, other than all the Napoleon-related monuments and sites, isn't particularly nice. It does feel very much like you are in France, however, when you talk to the vendors in the market or go for a baguette and a pain au chocolat in a local bakery. That is a nice experience.
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  • Florence (Livorno)
    Absolutely loved Cinque Terre. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from the port of Liverno through La Spezia to teh Cinque Terre. We had a small minibus with capacity of 8 people plus the driver. It was the perfect vehicle for driving around the Cinque Terre on the winding roads that connect the towns. Our driver took us to Riomaggiorre, which was lovely. Not that many people when we arrived there early in the morning. From there we took the ferry (cost 10 Euros pp) to Vernazza. The ferry was packed to teh gills with people. But from the ferry you have great views of the 5 towns, the terraces, the coast and the ocean - magnificent. We walked around Vernazza a bit, then met our driver for the short drive along very steep, narrow & windy roads to Corniglia, which sits on a hill overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Because Corniglia is not on the water and can't be accessed by the big tour coaches it is much quieter than the other towns in the Cinque Terre, which we really liked. The views from Corniglia were picture perfect - like those you see on the post cards. We had a lovely, typical Italian lunch on the patio of a restaurant on the outskirts of Corniglia. I tried the local specialty, a handmade pasta with pesto - I love pasta dishes and when I tasted this I thought I had died and gone to heaven! We finished the tour with a short visit of Manarola, which was also very nice. Found a great gelato place on the walk down the hill into the town. That was nice because the walk back up the hill to our minibus was a major challenge!
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    We visited Gibraltar on our own. We walked mid morning from the ship to Casemates Square, then along the main street to the Cable Car. Landed up waiting slightly over an hour for the cable car to the Top of the Rock, which was much better than the horror stories we had heard about waiting times. Views from the Top of the Rock were extraordinary, as you might expect. Walked all the way to O'Hare's Battery, for terrific views from another part of the Rock, then to St Michael's Caves, which are also spectacular and worth seeing. All this involved a lot of walking, with surprising amount of up hill & downhill once we got to the Top of the Rock. In the heat I found that very tiring. We also had a few Barbary Ape encounters. On the way up, near the top, one of the monkeys jumped through the open window of the cable car and created panic. And on the way back I managed to get pick pocketed by one of the apes as I waited in line for the cable car down. They are really cheeky little devils! Before I even knew it, he managed to open my knapsack and steal my camera case.... Luckily the camera case was empty. He played with it for quite a while, opened and closed it and when he could not find any food (or money?) in it, he eventually let me take it back. When we got down, we finished the day with a nice beer at one of the British pubs on the main street - a great way to finish the day. We were happy to visit Gibraltar on our own but another alternative is to take a taxi tour on a minibus from the port. Price drivers were asking for this was 40 Euros. It cost us 22 pounds each to take the cable car and have access to various sites on the Top of the Rock so if you don't like walking a lot the taxi tour could be a better alternative.. .
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  • Lisbon
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  • Palma de Mallorca
    Our guide was a little hard to understand at times. The stop at Valldemossa was nice. We visited the monastery and heard a short, 15 minute Chopin concert, which was a nice surprise. The village is charming but by the time we left the monastery to visit the village it was overrun with tourists. We landed up having a cappuccino on a patio of a café and watched the world go by for a little while. The drive from Valldemossa to Soller, along the coast of Mallorca, was really beautiful. That was my favorite part of the excursion. The last stop was in Soller, where we were given about 3/4 hour of free time. It's a nice little town but there wasn't much to see or do there.
    At the end of the tour we returned to the ship and after a short lunch, we took the shuttle into Palma to visit the city on our own. The shuttle leaves you right in front of the cathedral. It is a busy place and it can be a dangerous place as well. 2 passengers on the cruise were pick pocketed right in front of the cathedral. We didn't have any problems though and we had a lovely walkaround. Palma is a very pretty, tropical city. There are plenty of interesting sites and plenty of interesting shops, if you are so inclined.
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  • Porto (Leixoes)
    Loved Porto. It's a hot mess of a city but quite unique. Took a Red Line, hop on hop off (HOHO) bus from the port in Leixoes to Porto. Got off in the central square and found our way to several interesting sites. The one I liked the most was the Church of San Francisco ("Church of Gold"). Highlight of our day in Porto was having lunch, with a glass of porto, by the Duoro with lovely views of the river and the Dom Luis bridge. The waterfront area in Porto in the Cais de Ribiera is lovely. A couple of warnings - first, Porto has very steep hills. By getting off at the Aliados Square HOHO stop we managed to walk mostly downhill to different sites, so that worked out well. Also note that the Red Line HOHO can sometimes be a "Blue Line" HOHO, i.e. red bus but with small "blue line" sign in the front window. We took a Red bus from downtown to return to the port thinking it was Red Line bus but it turned out to be a Blue Line bus that took us over to the wrong side of the river. Then later, when we finally got on the right Red Line HOHO, it wound around the central area with several stops before finally heading back to the port. And as it turns out the Red Line HOHO does not go all the way back to the port. At the end you have to get off and then wait for another Red LIne shuttle to take you back to the port. All that to say that the HOHO's can be quite an adventure!
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