Koningsdam Cruise Review by redhead1956stl
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Neptune Suite with Verandah
Just today off of a 14-day Konginsdam sailing, roundtrip Amsterdam to the North Cape of Norway (the Northernmost point on the mainland of Europe), with multiple ports of call in Norway's most spectacular fjords. Trip exceeded my expectations in every respect. Ship, which is effectively brand new, looks and still feels brand new. Crew of 1,000 flawless --- remarkably, in my opinion, addressing me by name on multiple occasions starting on the very first day, even though there were 2,000 other passengers on board. Itinerary was carefully chosen to position the ship above the Arctic Circle during the summer solstice, so that there were 4 cruise days on which the sun never went down. Weather surprisingly great; seas calm. Captain Werner Timmers a delight (note: HAL is rotating captains on the Koningsdam in 2018, so your captain will be different, but Timmers was to me exceptionally likeable). Food was mostly but not always great: I had purchased the "ultimate dining package," which allows you to sample each of the ship's upsell restaurants at a (slight) discount, and i would not purchase that package again, given the comparatively unsatisfactory state of affairs in Canaletto (deck 9; worse than Olive Garden), the Culinary Arts Center (disorganized), and De Librije (avoid; overwrought). But i would highly recommend a meal in Sel de Mer (elegant, intimate french bistro on deck 2) and Tamarind (Japanese/Chinese/Vietnamese up on deck 10), where I ate 3 times, the food was so good. Cabin stewards outstanding. Cabin thoughtfully laid out with nice touches everywhere. Would happily take the same trip on the same ship in the same cabin during the same 2 weeks. The beauty of Norway's fjords cannot be described in words nor adequately captured in internet photos; you have to go and experience it first-hand, if you are able to squeeze it in to your schedule and your budget.
redhead1956stl’s Full Rating Summary
Stateroom 7092 is a semi-accessible suite, which means that it is laid out like a typical Neptune Suite but with the addition of a folding seat in the shower, for individuals like myself who cannot stand up in a shower, especially on a moving ship.
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