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We embarked for our cruise in Civitavecchia on 9/28/18. We flew into Rome that morning and used Holland America's transfer to get to the port. We were very happy we opted for the transfer with Holland America, simply for ease of use. There were Holland America Employees directing us as soon as we left the terminal to point us toward baggage claim and where to catch our bus. We decided on Holland America for our Honeymoon due to the itinerary and the more laid back feel advertised by Holland America, and we were not disappointed! The ship was beautiful and while there were a lot of people on board, we were always able to find somewhere to sit and walk right in with Anytime Dining. As soon as we boarded around 11 am, we were able to visit our room and grab a quick lunch (we chose New York Pizza and Deli! So so good!) and meet our room stewards. Our luggage was delivered about 2 hours later. We had a very port intensive cruise, and decided to get the spa package (access to the thermal pool, ceramic loungers, steam rooms, and a variety of showers). We booked it a few days into the cruise and spent $99 each. We used it daily after our excursions and always felt so refreshed! We enjoyed visiting the panorama bar for Martini Sampling, and the shows on the World Stage. All of the staff we encountered were always so friendly. Even when we would see the staff enjoying time off in port, they always took time to speak to other travelers who saw them (a quick tip: Let these people take time off when you see them in port! A friendly smile is enough, don't flag them down and start peppering them with questions. They deserve time NOT dealing with cruisers :)) The food in the Lido was okay, but never really had a "hot and fresh" impression. We ordered room service for breakfast, but got the same feeling that our food had been plated a while before making it's way to us. Room service was always prompt and convenient, so we opted for pastries and cereals when we ordered. We enjoyed all of our ports with the exception of Corfu Greece (there was nothing wrong here, just nothing note worthy. We wouldn't go out of our way to visit here again). Pompeii was a highlight along with Dubrovnik and Kotor! We opted to self disembark and that was very painless! We spent a few days in Rome after our cruise and truly had the trip of a lifetime!

Honeymoon Cruise

Koningsdam Cruise Review by amandaj89

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Large Interior Spa Stateroom
We embarked for our cruise in Civitavecchia on 9/28/18. We flew into Rome that morning and used Holland America's transfer to get to the port. We were very happy we opted for the transfer with Holland America, simply for ease of use. There were Holland America Employees directing us as soon as we left the terminal to point us toward baggage claim and where to catch our bus.

We decided on Holland America for our Honeymoon due to the itinerary and the more laid back feel advertised by Holland America, and we were not disappointed! The ship was beautiful and while there were a lot of people on board, we were always able to find somewhere to sit and walk right in with Anytime Dining.

As soon as we boarded around 11 am, we were able to visit our room and grab a quick lunch (we chose New York Pizza and Deli! So so good!) and meet our room stewards. Our luggage was delivered about 2 hours later.

We had a very port intensive cruise, and decided to get the spa package (access to the thermal pool, ceramic loungers, steam rooms, and a variety of showers). We booked it a few days into the cruise and spent $99 each. We used it daily after our excursions and always felt so refreshed!

We enjoyed visiting the panorama bar for Martini Sampling, and the shows on the World Stage. All of the staff we encountered were always so friendly. Even when we would see the staff enjoying time off in port, they always took time to speak to other travelers who saw them (a quick tip: Let these people take time off when you see them in port! A friendly smile is enough, don't flag them down and start peppering them with questions. They deserve time NOT dealing with cruisers :))

The food in the Lido was okay, but never really had a "hot and fresh" impression. We ordered room service for breakfast, but got the same feeling that our food had been plated a while before making it's way to us. Room service was always prompt and convenient, so we opted for pastries and cereals when we ordered.

We enjoyed all of our ports with the exception of Corfu Greece (there was nothing wrong here, just nothing note worthy. We wouldn't go out of our way to visit here again). Pompeii was a highlight along with Dubrovnik and Kotor!

We opted to self disembark and that was very painless! We spent a few days in Rome after our cruise and truly had the trip of a lifetime!
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Cabin Review

Large Interior Spa Stateroom
Cabin IQ 10053
We have mixed feelings about this room. We enjoyed being on the Panorama Deck with easy access to dining and entertainment. But, we would not recommend paying extra for a spa category room. The interior room was nearly identical to any other interior room, and the extra "perks" were nominal. We had vitamin water and a Bluetooth speaker, everything else (from my knowledge)is the same as a standard interior room. And there is no extra space in this room, so I am unsure what the "large" was intended for. As stated in other posts, the spa rooms do not give you any special deals with the spa.

We did have noise from the movies at the lido pool, but were only bothered on a few occasions and mostly at the 10 pm showing. If we were looking at an interior spa room again, it would need to be the same cost as a standard interior room and be further back in the hallway to avoid some noise.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Acropolis
    So many people!!!! The history is amazing, but I would recommend booking a private tour and high-tailing it here to get some time with fewer people.
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  • Ancient Agora
    We were running behind due to the volume of people at the Acropolis, so we didn't get a chance to visit the museum here or explore much. In hindsight we wish we would have skipped getting on our bus to go the the old Olympic stadium and the temple of Zues to spend more time here.
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  • Old Olympic Stadium
    We didn't get to go in, but just had a "photo opportunity"
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  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Pretty, but rushed due to the tour running late. Best advice: If you want to see a lot, book a private tour. Too many people and too much to see in Athens for a cruise tour.
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  • Corfu
    After visiting Corfu, we honestly would have preferred to stay on the ship. Lots of traffic and trash, and not much to do. We found a couple of pedestrian markets and did a bit of shopping, and we did the hop-on-ho-off bus tour (we didn't hop off anywhere). If you see an excursion that takes you out of Corfu town that interests you, don't be worried you are missing something in town: you aren't!
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  • Dubrovnik
    We enjoyed walking the city walls and venturing up random alley ways! We had amazing pizza, bought some art from a local artist working in a church, and just enjoyed exploring! This port is very easy to explore on your own.
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  • Katakolon (Olympia)
    Olympia feels magical. It rained most of our visit, but we loved it just the same. As with any cruise organized tour, this was slow moving with lots of waiting at restrooms, but we just soaked everything in!

    We LOVED our visit to the Mercouri Estate. The tour itself was just so so, but we really enjoyed the wine and our time visiting with Cristo Mercouri. He made the entire day very memorable!
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  • Kotor
    We had planned from the start of our cruise planning to hike to the old fortress. I am in no way in good shape, and I made it up to the top! We ended up with over 20,000 steps for the hike according to my fit bit, but each step was worth it! We took our time and paused to enjoy often. We were happy we started this hike right away, as it was becoming crowded when we headed down. Do plan to work hard on this hike, but know that it will be worth it!

    As a side note, pick up after yourself. The people "managing" this fortress as well as littering visitors should be ashamed of themselves for the amount of trash stashed away. Some of the ruins at the top were filled with trash bags. Don't be a bad tourist and take your trash out with you.
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  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    We started by visiting a cameo factory. I purchased 3 pendants, one for myself, one for my mother, and one for my mother-in-law. My mom says it is the best gift she has ever received!

    Pompeii is truly amazing. We could have spent three more days here just to see that we started to understand how special this place is. Our tour guide Antonella and our bus drive Luigi truly made this tour. We weren't too big of a group- around 20. While we saw a lot, there was a lot we couldn't get to due to time. WE enjoyed Naples and hope to return here someday to explore more!
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  • Santorini
    We booked a transfer with Holland America and that made getting to Oia very simple.

    While Oia and Fira are very photogenic and beautiful, we didn't find much to do but shop. I think if we did this port again, we would make our way from Oia to a beach and lounge for the day and just spend an hour or two in Fira. We took the cable car down about 4 hours before all aboard and had no wait.
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