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We arrived in Ft Lauderdale after driving about 3 hours across the state from SW Gulf coast of Florida. Parked at Park-n-go which is very close to port and they discount the rate substantially if prepaid reservations are made on line. Arrived at terminal about noon. Longest lines we have ever experienced on HAL. Got checked in after about 30 minutes in line and then waited about 30 minutes to board. Went to cabin deck 4 aft veranda. These aft verandas have a very deep veranda, about twice the depth of the higher decks. Two chairs and small table. One chair had extension to make into lounge type chair. Cabin actually little larger than expected and really liked the shower with glass doors. No more sticky curtains. Toilet seat at odd angle and knees hit shower straight on so have to sit little sideways but not too bad. Taller folks might have more of a problem. Lots of storage, lots of plugs for electronics. Night light automatically lights at floor to guide you to bathroom at night, but no night light in bathroom. We took our own small battery powered tealights which worked out very well. Our steward was very attentive and learned our routine quickly so room always made up when we returned late morning usually and he always kept ice bucket full, which I had requested. Koningsdam is about 2500 passengers which is about 500 more than the Vista class ships we normally sail and you can tell. Pools, hot tubs always seemed crowded. Much more so than on previous cruises as they are pretty much the same size as the smaller ships. But the deck furniture is a big improvement. Lots of soft cushioned sofas and chairs as well as tables with softer cloth type woven seats/backs which are way more comfortable than the woven rattan(fake) type chairs on previous HAL cruises. Didn't need to use a towel for cushioning. But they kept running out of pool towels. Looked all over one afternoon and never did find one. Lido seemed more crowded than other ships and this exacerbated by the general practice to only keep one side open which made for much longer lines than we experienced previously. Food in Lido fairly good with rotisserie or baked chicken about every meal, prime rib and steak, pork roast, turkey offerings. Wonderful salad bar, Asian station & Italian station where you pick ingredients and they prepare. Nice breakfast selection with about anything one could want. Generally food well prepared and tasty. Really nice bread station, the usual ice cream, bread pudding, etc. Miss the made to order sandwiches as they now have a selection of 4 or 5 pre-made offerings. Tried pizza parlor (bagels in am) upstairs from Lido and very good pizza. Reuben just ok. Long lines and long wait for food generally. Loved the Grand Dutch Cafe where specialty coffee drinks and alcohol are charged, but all of the food is included in fare. Nice real Dutch selections. Ordered room service couple of nights and delivered timely and hot and well prepared. Lunch at Pinnacle Grill is a great deal in my opinion and was delicious. Tamarind was really good and we also enjoyed Canaletto's one evening which was very good also. Did not go to Main Dining Room as too many stories from fellow passengers about 45 minute wait for table, 30 minute wait for water glasses to be filled, 2 1/2 hour dining times and even longer. The main dining room seemed to receive the most complaints from other passengers. The dining room manager told one lady the reason her dinner took over 2 1/2 hours was because she ordered 2 appetizers. She not happy to say the least. Entertainment for us consisted of BB King Blues club and this band was great. Exceptional male and female singers and band musicians. Did not enjoy the new Rock and Roll band. Singers were bad. So much that just had to leave as was an assault to our ears and we do love rock and roll. Missed the BBC Planet Earth presentation but people liked it who went. Every evening there was a movie shown on lido but we did not attend these. We had been on this same itinerary few years ago except this time we went to Dominica instead of St Kitts on previous cruise. Didn't like St Lucia as seemed dirty and way too crowded. Nice private excursion in Martinique with little local goodies at each stop which included a church, waterfall, St Pierre, and rum distillery. Really enjoyed this. Took cab in Barbados to Brandon's beach and rented beach loungers and umbrella at Rascals which included 2 rum punch. Beers only $2.50. Beautiful water and uncrowded beach. This is more of a local's beach. In St Martin just walked to boardwalk and had few drinks at beach bar. Saw pictures of the destruction from hurricane last year and actually amazed they have come so far in the recovery, at least on Dutch side. On St Thomas we just wondered the few shops that were open post hurricane. Surprised so many still closed. On Dominica we docked at a cargo port outside of town and decided to just stay on board. Some people unhappy with docking situation especially when they tried to return via taxi. Taxis not allowed thru port gates and no signage how to get to ship walking through and around all the cargo containers. Near heat stroke wondering around port for one acquaintance. Finally a dock worker took pity, opened a locked door and guided him and those with him to the ship. All in all we had a good time but just not up to previous HAL experiences. This was first cruise out of dry dock. All of the ship clocks were broken until a few were fixed toward end of cruise. Fewer elevators than smaller ships and one was out in aft bank at least 95% of the time. Saw one out most of the time when we used the other banks also. They couldn't fix these during dry dock? Annoying things such as this and the overcrowded lido restaurant made this cruise less enjoyable than previous ones we have taken with HAL. Oh, and the artwork looked like it just came from the Art Auction on board and this is not a good thing. Previously we have really enjoyed the art on the HAL ships. We will sail HAL in the future am sure. But will go back to the smaller, and yes older ships which are our preference.

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Koningsdam Cruise Review by jabcruiser

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Trip Details
We arrived in Ft Lauderdale after driving about 3 hours across the state from SW Gulf coast of Florida. Parked at Park-n-go which is very close to port and they discount the rate substantially if prepaid reservations are made on line. Arrived at terminal about noon. Longest lines we have ever experienced on HAL. Got checked in after about 30 minutes in line and then waited about 30 minutes to board. Went to cabin deck 4 aft veranda. These aft verandas have a very deep veranda, about twice the depth of the higher decks. Two chairs and small table. One chair had extension to make into lounge type chair. Cabin actually little larger than expected and really liked the shower with glass doors. No more sticky curtains. Toilet seat at odd angle and knees hit shower straight on so have to sit little sideways but not too bad. Taller folks might have more of a problem. Lots of storage, lots of plugs for electronics. Night light automatically lights at floor to guide you to bathroom at night, but no night light in bathroom. We took our own small battery powered tealights which worked out very well. Our steward was very attentive and learned our routine quickly so room always made up when we returned late morning usually and he always kept ice bucket full, which I had requested.

Koningsdam is about 2500 passengers which is about 500 more than the Vista class ships we normally sail and you can tell. Pools, hot tubs always seemed crowded. Much more so than on previous cruises as they are pretty much the same size as the smaller ships. But the deck furniture is a big improvement. Lots of soft cushioned sofas and chairs as well as tables with softer cloth type woven seats/backs which are way more comfortable than the woven rattan(fake) type chairs on previous HAL cruises. Didn't need to use a towel for cushioning. But they kept running out of pool towels. Looked all over one afternoon and never did find one.

Lido seemed more crowded than other ships and this exacerbated by the general practice to only keep one side open which made for much longer lines than we experienced previously. Food in Lido fairly good with rotisserie or baked chicken about every meal, prime rib and steak, pork roast, turkey offerings. Wonderful salad bar, Asian station & Italian station where you pick ingredients and they prepare. Nice breakfast selection with about anything one could want. Generally food well prepared and tasty. Really nice bread station, the usual ice cream, bread pudding, etc. Miss the made to order sandwiches as they now have a selection of 4 or 5 pre-made offerings. Tried pizza parlor (bagels in am) upstairs from Lido and very good pizza. Reuben just ok. Long lines and long wait for food generally. Loved the Grand Dutch Cafe where specialty coffee drinks and alcohol are charged, but all of the food is included in fare. Nice real Dutch selections. Ordered room service couple of nights and delivered timely and hot and well prepared. Lunch at Pinnacle Grill is a great deal in my opinion and was delicious. Tamarind was really good and we also enjoyed Canaletto's one evening which was very good also. Did not go to Main Dining Room as too many stories from fellow passengers about 45 minute wait for table, 30 minute wait for water glasses to be filled, 2 1/2 hour dining times and even longer. The main dining room seemed to receive the most complaints from other passengers. The dining room manager told one lady the reason her dinner took over 2 1/2 hours was because she ordered 2 appetizers. She not happy to say the least.

Entertainment for us consisted of BB King Blues club and this band was great. Exceptional male and female singers and band musicians. Did not enjoy the new Rock and Roll band. Singers were bad. So much that just had to leave as was an assault to our ears and we do love rock and roll. Missed the BBC Planet Earth presentation but people liked it who went. Every evening there was a movie shown on lido but we did not attend these.

We had been on this same itinerary few years ago except this time we went to Dominica instead of St Kitts on previous cruise. Didn't like St Lucia as seemed dirty and way too crowded. Nice private excursion in Martinique with little local goodies at each stop which included a church, waterfall, St Pierre, and rum distillery. Really enjoyed this.

Took cab in Barbados to Brandon's beach and rented beach loungers and umbrella at

Rascals which included 2 rum punch. Beers only $2.50. Beautiful water and uncrowded beach. This is more of a local's beach. In St Martin just walked to boardwalk and had few drinks at beach bar. Saw pictures of the destruction from hurricane last year and actually amazed they have come so far in the recovery, at least on Dutch side. On St Thomas we just wondered the few shops that were open post hurricane. Surprised so many still closed. On Dominica we docked at a cargo port outside of town and decided to just stay on board. Some people unhappy with docking situation especially when they tried to return via taxi. Taxis not allowed thru port gates and no signage how to get to ship walking through and around all the cargo containers. Near heat stroke wondering around port for one acquaintance. Finally a dock worker took pity, opened a locked door and guided him and those with him to the ship.

All in all we had a good time but just not up to previous HAL experiences. This was first cruise out of dry dock. All of the ship clocks were broken until a few were fixed toward end of cruise. Fewer elevators than smaller ships and one was out in aft bank at least 95% of the time. Saw one out most of the time when we used the other banks also. They couldn't fix these during dry dock? Annoying things such as this and the overcrowded lido restaurant made this cruise less enjoyable than previous ones we have taken with HAL. Oh, and the artwork looked like it just came from the Art Auction on board and this is not a good thing. Previously we have really enjoyed the art on the HAL ships. We will sail HAL in the future am sure. But will go back to the smaller, and yes older ships which are our preference.
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