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Overall a great cruise and far more enjoyable than prior Princess cruises. It was also our first trip longer than a week. Embarkation was very slow - 90 minutes from arrival to Boarding. Cabin is reviewed separately but in general bathroom and balcony were good but the basic cabin was disappointing. Essentially Balcony Excellent, Bathroom Very Good, Cabin Poor. Dining was generally excellent. Main Dining Room food was quite good but the service was very variable depending on who the server was. The Buffet for Breakfast was excellent with many things cooked to order. Almost everything had to be served by staff which slowed things but is a worthwhile tradeoff for hygiene. Buffet hours were far more limited than other ships we have been on. Casual spots (Grand Dutch Cafe, Dive In, and NY Deli/Pizza) were all good. Grand Dutch Cafe was excellent and the earliest option for specialty coffee in the AM. Dive In Burgers and Hots Dogs were very good though I thought the Fries were awful. Pizza was very good. Pinnacle Grill was excellent with consistently good food and a solid service team. Sel de Mer was very good as well. Food was excellent but service was less polished. Nami Sushi was good but not great. While far better than the buffet sushi, it fell short of restaurant quality - more like "to go" sushi from a Grocery. Some of the preperations were ambitious but fell short. De Librje was absolutely outstanding - really world class. I am a restauranteur professionally and this wildly surpassed any expectation I had. Wine choices were great and fairly priced for higher end bottles. The BB King band was outstanding. The Bass Player, Les King, is someone I had seen perform before as part of the band supporting a world class jazz keyboard on tour a few years ago. Amamzing they could get someone of his pedigree on ship! The band was tight and really engaging. Lincoln Center Stage was nice to have but we only saw a few performances based om schedule. The Rolling Stone band was disappointing. I was really looking forward to it but the band was nowhere near as cohesive as the BB King band. The lead singer was annoying and not very talented. The lead guitarist was excellent. unfortunately much of the play list included songs beyond the vocal range of either singer. Still, they drew a crowd. The Casino was disappointing. Smoking is allowed and the ventilation is woefully inadequate. I would have spent far more time there if I weren't "smoked out". For us, the stops in the Caribbean were secondary. We always enjoy St. Martin and St. Thomas. Road Town (Tortola) was forgettable - if we were on a cruise that stopped there we might not get off the ship. St. John was fun for both sightseeing and shopping with local shops mixed among the traditional cruise stop chains at the port. Service was great throughout and the vibe was less frenetic than other ships we have been on. There was also far less high pressure selling of add-ons than on other ships. Very nice. Overall we were pleased and would certainly be likely to cruise with Holland America again.

Great Dining on a Relaxed Cruise

Koningsdam Cruise Review by OmarOak

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
Overall a great cruise and far more enjoyable than prior Princess cruises. It was also our first trip longer than a week.

Embarkation was very slow - 90 minutes from arrival to Boarding.

Cabin is reviewed separately but in general bathroom and balcony were good but the basic cabin was disappointing. Essentially Balcony Excellent, Bathroom Very Good, Cabin Poor.

Dining was generally excellent.

Main Dining Room food was quite good but the service was very variable depending on who the server was.

The Buffet for Breakfast was excellent with many things cooked to order. Almost everything had to be served by staff which slowed things but is a worthwhile tradeoff for hygiene. Buffet hours were far more limited than other ships we have been on.

Casual spots (Grand Dutch Cafe, Dive In, and NY Deli/Pizza) were all good. Grand Dutch Cafe was excellent and the earliest option for specialty coffee in the AM. Dive In Burgers and Hots Dogs were very good though I thought the Fries were awful. Pizza was very good.

Pinnacle Grill was excellent with consistently good food and a solid service team.

Sel de Mer was very good as well. Food was excellent but service was less polished.

Nami Sushi was good but not great. While far better than the buffet sushi, it fell short of restaurant quality - more like "to go" sushi from a Grocery. Some of the preperations were ambitious but fell short.

De Librje was absolutely outstanding - really world class. I am a restauranteur professionally and this wildly surpassed any expectation I had.

Wine choices were great and fairly priced for higher end bottles.

The BB King band was outstanding. The Bass Player, Les King, is someone I had seen perform before as part of the band supporting a world class jazz keyboard on tour a few years ago. Amamzing they could get someone of his pedigree on ship! The band was tight and really engaging.

Lincoln Center Stage was nice to have but we only saw a few performances based om schedule.

The Rolling Stone band was disappointing. I was really looking forward to it but the band was nowhere near as cohesive as the BB King band. The lead singer was annoying and not very talented. The lead guitarist was excellent. unfortunately much of the play list included songs beyond the vocal range of either singer. Still, they drew a crowd.

The Casino was disappointing. Smoking is allowed and the ventilation is woefully inadequate. I would have spent far more time there if I weren't "smoked out".

For us, the stops in the Caribbean were secondary. We always enjoy St. Martin and St. Thomas. Road Town (Tortola) was forgettable - if we were on a cruise that stopped there we might not get off the ship. St. John was fun for both sightseeing and shopping with local shops mixed among the traditional cruise stop chains at the port.

Service was great throughout and the vibe was less frenetic than other ships we have been on. There was also far less high pressure selling of add-ons than on other ships. Very nice.

Overall we were pleased and would certainly be likely to cruise with Holland America again.
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A 5131
Great Shower with excellent water pressure but awkward toilet placement.

Great Balcony.

Cabin itself was disappointing and not worth the substantial upcharge from a standard stateroom. While larger, the extra space was not evident due to poor fundamental cabin design. Far less spacious than the equivilant category on Princess despite being similar theoretical square footage.

Really disliked having the seating area near the door rather than adjacent to the balcony.
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