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We wanted a relaxed experience. We have cruised 30+ times, but not often on HAL. We were favorably impressed. The service was very gracious and the food delicious. Our cabin was great. We had some initial difficulty with dining time. We didn't understand that it really is important to have a nightly reservation. But all was worked out to our satisfaction and we had a great waiter, wine steward and location. Because we were in far corner on level 2, there was never a noise issue. Newer ships are always a plus. I admit that we didn't care for the decor of the ship. It was ok, but no "wow." But it was all quite comfortable, except for chairs in Tamarind which we were told would be replaced during dry dock. I also question lounge/sofa pieces in Crows Nest. ---very awkward. I do miss large expansive indoor bar/lounge area of other ships. Food was quite good and waiters alway eager to please. We tried Culinary Arts Kitchen on first night with so-so results. --would not be eager to return. Pinnacle and Tamarind were both exceptional experiences! Shorex were very pricey but quite well organized except for a fjord cruise in Flam on a boat shared with passengers from other ships, etc. We were very pleased with all other HAL offerings. We were really delighted with the Signature Experience in Amsterdam. The museum visit was great and the dinner outstanding. What a wonderful beginning for our cruise. Embarkation was flawless. I'm not sure who gets credit, HAL or cruise terminal, but it was perfect. We used self-embarkation because of 11 am flight---easily accomplished. Piano duo was very entertaining. BB Kings group was good, just wish songs weren't so long. Lincoln Center group quite accomplished. We came away feeling that our presence on Koningsdam was valued!

Beautiful ports and wonderful weather.

Koningsdam Cruise Review by Roundtop

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
We wanted a relaxed experience. We have cruised 30+ times, but not often on HAL. We were favorably impressed. The service was very gracious and the food delicious. Our cabin was great. We had some initial difficulty with dining time. We didn't understand that it really is important to have a nightly reservation. But all was worked out to our satisfaction and we had a great waiter, wine steward and location. Because we were in far corner on level 2, there was never a noise issue.

Newer ships are always a plus. I admit that we didn't care for the decor of the ship. It was ok, but no "wow." But it was all quite comfortable, except for chairs in Tamarind which we were told would be replaced during dry dock. I also question lounge/sofa pieces in Crows Nest. ---very awkward. I do miss large expansive indoor bar/lounge area of other ships.

Food was quite good and waiters alway eager to please. We tried Culinary Arts Kitchen on first night with so-so results. --would not be eager to return. Pinnacle and Tamarind were both exceptional experiences!

Shorex were very pricey but quite well organized except for a fjord cruise in Flam on a boat shared with passengers from other ships, etc. We were very pleased with all other HAL offerings.

We were really delighted with the Signature Experience in Amsterdam. The museum visit was great and the dinner outstanding. What a wonderful beginning for our cruise. Embarkation was flawless. I'm not sure who gets credit, HAL or cruise terminal, but it was perfect. We used self-embarkation because of 11 am flight---easily accomplished.

Piano duo was very entertaining. BB Kings group was good, just wish songs weren't so long. Lincoln Center group quite accomplished.

We came away feeling that our presence on Koningsdam was valued!
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Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A 5133
Great location midship. Lots of storage. Wonderful shower, but slightly awkward toilet placement. Large bed was very comfortable. Cabin stewards did a super job. Really liked automatic lighting in closets and safe.
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