The Koningsdam is a beautiful ship and is just the right size. Not too small and not too big. This is not really a ship geared to young kids/teenagers. The lack of stuff to keep them constantly busy may not appeal to some families. However, this may not be the case for all families so just note that HAL demographics are definitely older.
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.
Cabin was a bit smaller than expected with a little less storage. Same with bathroom. Toilet is at a weird angle to accommodate the larger shower which was wonderful. It's inevitable that you will sit side saddle even if short. We enjoyed the large balcony very much.
1.5 hour open boat evening cruise. Smaller boat and cruise included two drinks (wine, beer or soda). Really enjoyable going into the small canals.View All 311 Canal Tour Reviews
Awesome museum. We were in AMS for several days and purchased the Museumcard. Allowed for in and out access when we were tired. Avoided the long lines. Did the Rijks in a couple of bites on different days.View All 77 Rijksmuseum Reviews
The special Van Gogh Japan exhibit was spectacular. We had no idea about how Japanese wood block art influenced Van Gogh. Much better appreciation for his work and can see the influence. BOOK VISIT ONLINE.View All 65 Van Gogh Museum Reviews
There are so many good museums in AMS. Foam Photography was good. The Museum of Bags and Purses was really interesting and is set up for mobility impaired access. Really enjoyed it. Pass on the Diamond Museum, it was hokey. We should have known better that there would be no real diamonds. Since we had a Museumcard pass we weren't mad but would have been if we had paid an admission.
BODY WORLDS - this was interesting, you will learn stuff and it has a good message. Really enjoyed it.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Beautiful fjord. We did the hike to the Viking burial grounds. You have to go uphill at some point and it's rather steep. The walk along the river is level up until the last 800m of uphill climb to the plateau. Lovely to walk to the lake if you just want to do that and the trail is accessible if pushing someone in a wheelchair. The pathway is wide and is made of compacted gravel, well maintained when we were there. Should be manageable if dry. This is just a comment from previous experience when traveling with someone who would love to see the sights but mobility impaired. You would not be able to do the uphill then downhill portion pushing a wheelchair in that case take the little troll train, views are beautiful. Buy a gallon of spring water for the boat at the Joker market for about US$5.00.
Rented Avis car and drove to Trollsteigen. Perfect weather, amazing scenery. Would be different if rainy or cloudy but still amazing. Easy loop drive. Alesund is a cute town.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Funicular on a clear day, awesome. HOHO bus to get a quick look around.
Beautiful scenery. Pre-book minivan panoramic three hour tour early AM and take in all the beauty.View All undefined undefined Reviews