Koningsdam Cruise Review by Happicamper
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
The itinerary for the 7 day Norse Legends cruise was excellent and a good experience for Norway with these ports of call. We were fortunate to have great weather and smooth seas throughout the entire cruise.
Embarkation/Disembarkation were very orderly and efficient, during initial boarding and at all ports of call. The initial staggered check-in times per deck works well and so does the timed final disembarkation.
MDR food good to very good. Never had a bad meal. However service was spotty with the exception of wine stewards. We ate all dinners in MDR. We did bring our own wine onboard as we feel the selection/value is not the best on HAL. Even with added corkage it was a better deal.
Lido was extremely busy during peak times so we avoided it all costs and grabbed salads from the very good salad bar for lunch after the peak rush. Don't overlook the rosemary and olive oil rolls they offer there. We also had a great Indian food lunch one day. Otherwise the other offerings looked okay, your typical buffet offerings.
Room service was on time for port days although the reduced selection leaves you wanting. We did request additional breakfast items on the card and received (plain yogurt, hard boiled eggs).
Staff were not as engaging as past cruises. Not sure why but that was a general feeling around the various venues.
We had a good band at the BB Kings Blues Club, everyone was up dancing and we really enjoyed our time spent in this venue. The Billboard pianists were hit and miss. When they connected with the audience it was good but there were sets were they just could not connect and it was not good. Did not check out shows or other venues.
Greenhouse Spa was nice. Some interesting new features. Enjoyed the infrared sauna and thermal pool. Relaxing space to unwind. Layout is a bit wonky with changing area, check in area then back across to access area.
Overall a very good cruise.
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