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We have cruised with HAL a lot and wanted to to see what the big new ship was like. We had a noise problem with our cabin which unfortunately soured our view of the cruise. The ship is different from the other ships in the fleet but has some very nice new features, The variety of different dining experiences is good. The show lounge is amazing and the Dutch Cafe was popular. The Lincoln Centre Stage was an excellent addition but suffered from noise spill over from the Billboard bar. The main dining room was disappointing with is very poor acoustics and its decor which looked more Carnival that HAL. Modern design constraints have made the outside walking area on deck 3 quite narrow in places causing congestion. Because of the lack of space there are no deck loungers on this deck. With HAL now targeting a different cruise clientele those who have been very happy with their product previously may not be quite as satisfied with what this ship offers.

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Koningsdam Cruise Review by Van Glenn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Standard Interior Stateroom
We have cruised with HAL a lot and wanted to to see what the big new ship was like. We had a noise problem with our cabin which unfortunately soured our view of the cruise. The ship is different from the other ships in the fleet but has some very nice new features, The variety of different dining experiences is good. The show lounge is amazing and the Dutch Cafe was popular. The Lincoln Centre Stage was an excellent addition but suffered from noise spill over from the Billboard bar. The main dining room was disappointing with is very poor acoustics and its decor which looked more Carnival that HAL. Modern design constraints have made the outside walking area on deck 3 quite narrow in places causing congestion. Because of the lack of space there are no deck loungers on this deck.

With HAL now targeting a different cruise clientele those who have been very happy with their product previously may not be quite as satisfied with what this ship offers.
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Cabin Review

Standard Interior Stateroom
Cabin J 1084
This is a very noisy cabin as it is directly under the B.B. King Blues Stage. The 8 piece band (which was very good) plays until midnight. The cabin reverberates with noise and vibration, making it very difficult to sleep. After the band finishes the disco starts which is less noisy but can still be heard. We complained and were told that all cabins were sold out and they had no options for us. We had to put up with this for 16 days after which we were offered $350 compensation. HAL are well aware of this problem but the company still continue to sell these cabins.
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