We were looking to get out of town (Ohio) for the Christmas Holiday. So why not go someplace tropical. We have been on 20+ cruises and chose this one for the cabin location and and Koningsdam. The ship turned out to be just what we had expected. It is a very beautifully appointed ship a little over 2 years old with lots of food and entertainment options from fancy to very casual. We fall more on the casual side and tend to not enjoy 2 hour dinners in the MDR. Being in a suite, you have access to the "Orange" restaurant for breakfast and dinner It is a little on the fancy side but faster with excellent service. Lido deck buffet has all kinds of options...it does get a little crowded at time and the only negatives I heard had to do with the fact that servers behind the glass serve the food. Personally I don't have a problem with that because they will give you exactly what you as for in the quantity you ask for. And I prefer my food to only be touched by one person as opposed to everyone on the ship. Cuts way down on the sickness factor for me. Dive In for hamburgers and a Gelato and pizza place are opened quit late. Room service was not up to par on Koningsdam compared to the other 6 HAL ships we have been on.
Entertainment, there is a lot of it on board from Rock and Roll bands, BB King Band was outstanding and love the music every night, Lincoln Center performances for classical music and recorded music in several of the venues. Stage shows in the 270 degree two story theater and numerous lecture on different subjects. Casino was fun but if smoking bothers you there was only one night that was smoke-free....HAL needs to get on the ball and make their ships NON-SMOKING. Several pools on the ship that never seemed overcrowded and a movie under the stars ever night at 7 and 10. Santa came on Christmas Eve and they had a beautiful tree in the atrium. Being a Christmas cruise there were way more kids that you would expect on HAL but most were under control and if not several hundred Grand Parents were there to say something. Service on board was very good from a cheerful staff but the folks in Management staff could use a little Customer Service training as most seemed a tad on the aloof side. Ports were pretty standard for an Eastern Caribbean cruise. Turks and Caicos we took a two hour tour around the island on a tram open air bus. Interesting to see how they have mostly recovered from Irma and Maria hurricanes. San Juan, Puerto Rico a little shopping and back to our balcony. St Thomas, a little shopping and lunch at Gladys' restaurant in down town CA. Half Moon Cay spent most of the day on our balcony as we have been here many time. All in all this was a nice get away on a beautiful ship. I probably missed a number of thing and places on the ship but that will be for our next voyage...there is only so much time every day for eating, drinking, reading, relaxing and entertainment.
This Aft wrap-around cabin is exactly what we had hoped for. I will post pictures to the halfacts.com board later today. The cabin bathroom has a double sink with a couple of drawers and under cabinet space for all you stuff. The shower is big enough for a me (6'3" 280lbs) but the bathtub in this cabin is short and narrow but it has a whirlpool capability if you are 5'2" and skinny. Two double sided closets one with 4 drawers and a safe, the other one with shelf space and between the two lots of hanging space. Bed is large and comfortable. A chaise lounge instead of the standard couch. Two straight back chairs with padded arms and a desk chair. Coffee pot and Bose speakers are on the desk. Large TV across the room with MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, couple of ESPN channels and lots of on demand recent movies and TV series. The best thing about this cabin is the balcony. Guessing about 300+ sf of 270 degrees view out the back of the ship. Two loungers, one small table, one large eating type table with 4 wicker arm chairs and two adjustable back wicker chairs with pads and ottomans. .
Good tour around new town (Condado, Isla Verde) and old town
Nice tour of the island with an excellent narrator
We love St Thomas. But this time it was just a little shopping and lunch at Gladys' and back to our balcony
did not get off the ship