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We chose the Viking Sagas 7-night itinerary (from Amsterdam to Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Flam, then back to Amsterdam) on Koningsdam to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday. Our group of 10 included my active 80-year-old father, my family of five including 3 children ages 9 months, 5 and 9 years old and my sister’s family of four which included children ages 11 and 14. This was everyone’s first HAL cruise (various amongst our group have been on RCCL, NCL, Cunard and Celebrity). Between the 10 of us, we had two adjoining verandah cabins and an interior cabin across the hall. The cabins were a bit small for the quad rooms but offered a ton of storage. The bathrooms were decent size and the shower was fabulous compared to other cruises we’ve been on. The décor was very nice. The Konignsdam is beautiful and well-designed. The décor had a music theme and was a bit eclectic, but not gaudy. The common spaces were quite nice and open. The children loved both pool areas and we all enjoyed watching the World Cup soccer matches on the big screen by the pool. Food: The Lido Market food was very good and offered a wide variety to choose from. We ended up eating 4 of our main meals at the Lido Market due to convenience with the children and found it was nice to unwind and talk about our day in a more casual and relaxed atmosphere. We also order pizza a few times from the New York Deli and Pizza and burgers, hot dogs and fries from “Dive-In” which were both a big hit with the kids. We had open seating in the Main Dining room and only ended up eating 2 meals there since everyone enjoyed the Lido so much. The Main Dining room food was good, but service was a little slow. Being a group of 10, they were able to accommodate us quite easily both times if we dined around 5:30. The adults in our group ate one dinner in the Culinary Arts Center which also had very good food. Two of our cabins purchased a 6-bottle wine package which seemed to be of good value (25% less expensive than buying nightly). Some in our group ordered beer, mixed drinks and soda which seemed to be decent pricing ($2.50 for a soda). Entertainment: We did not partake in much of the nightly entertainment since we were with younger children. However, we did see 2 performances on the World Stage… Musicology and the Magician. We all enjoyed Musicology and the Magician was a little hokey, but good for the kids. My father spent every evening watching the dueling pianos and enjoyed the BB King’s Blues Club. The overall demographic of the ship was definitely "an older crowd", 60+. However, we knew that before going on the ship. Knowing this, we were a little hestitant bringing 5 children 13 and under, but they all had a blast! Granted, none of them have ever been on a cruise before, so they were so excited just to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean together

Fantastic itinerary, beautiful ship, great service, terrible disembarkation!

Koningsdam Cruise Review by Hollyanne79

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
We chose the Viking Sagas 7-night itinerary (from Amsterdam to Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Flam, then back to Amsterdam) on Koningsdam to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday. Our group of 10 included my active 80-year-old father, my family of five including 3 children ages 9 months, 5 and 9 years old and my sister’s family of four which included children ages 11 and 14. This was everyone’s first HAL cruise (various amongst our group have been on RCCL, NCL, Cunard and Celebrity).

Between the 10 of us, we had two adjoining verandah cabins and an interior cabin across the hall. The cabins were a bit small for the quad rooms but offered a ton of storage. The bathrooms were decent size and the shower was fabulous compared to other cruises we’ve been on. The décor was very nice.

The Konignsdam is beautiful and well-designed. The décor had a music theme and was a bit eclectic, but not gaudy. The common spaces were quite nice and open. The children loved both pool areas and we all enjoyed watching the World Cup soccer matches on the big screen by the pool.

Food: The Lido Market food was very good and offered a wide variety to choose from. We ended up eating 4 of our main meals at the Lido Market due to convenience with the children and found it was nice to unwind and talk about our day in a more casual and relaxed atmosphere. We also order pizza a few times from the New York Deli and Pizza and burgers, hot dogs and fries from “Dive-In” which were both a big hit with the kids. We had open seating in the Main Dining room and only ended up eating 2 meals there since everyone enjoyed the Lido so much. The Main Dining room food was good, but service was a little slow. Being a group of 10, they were able to accommodate us quite easily both times if we dined around 5:30. The adults in our group ate one dinner in the Culinary Arts Center which also had very good food. Two of our cabins purchased a 6-bottle wine package which seemed to be of good value (25% less expensive than buying nightly). Some in our group ordered beer, mixed drinks and soda which seemed to be decent pricing ($2.50 for a soda).

Entertainment: We did not partake in much of the nightly entertainment since we were with younger children. However, we did see 2 performances on the World Stage… Musicology and the Magician. We all enjoyed Musicology and the Magician was a little hokey, but good for the kids. My father spent every evening watching the dueling pianos and enjoyed the BB King’s Blues Club.

The overall demographic of the ship was definitely "an older crowd", 60+. However, we knew that before going on the ship. Knowing this, we were a little hestitant bringing 5 children 13 and under, but they all had a blast! Granted, none of them have ever been on a cruise before, so they were so excited just to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean together
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