The itinerary included some Caribbean islands I had not previously visited. I have had good past experiences on HAL ships and wanted to try Koningsdam which is one of their newer and larger ships. At 2600 passengers it could not be considered a big ship compared with other companies' vessels that carry from 4,000-6,000+.
Embarkation was delayed due to a Coast Guard inspection but was efficient once boarding started. Expedited disembarkation was fast and easy.
Some passageways seem narrow and confined. This is especially true since Holland America caters to a more "mature" clientele, some of whom use walkers or power chairs which can slow down traffic. The Promenade Deck is also narrower than on other Holland America ships, because the lifeboats are hung along the outside of this deck, a practice on other companies' ships as well. This blocks the view of the passing sea and detracts from the enjoyment of a stroll on the deck. Sunlight does come from above.
Deck 4 (Beethoven), third cabin from front end of hallway. A connecting door to 4003 which we did not use. Voices and some cabin noise audible through the door. Extra large balcony which extends across the width of Promenade deck below. People on decks above can look down onto the balconies of these Deck 4 cabins except for the area just outside the door. Noise and vibrations from bow thrusters, anchor being raised and lowered, and other loud sounds from working areas just below and ahead of these cabins. Although these cabins are directly above the front of the World Stage theatre there was no noise audible in the cabin. Adequate size for two, but would be crowded with a third person on the fold out couch bed. Position of toilet in the bathroom is awkward, causing one to sit a little sideways because of proximity to shower. There was a large walk in shower instead of a bathtub.
There is an automatic nightlight at floor level in the cabin, motion activated, to help find the bathroom at night. It goes off by itself after a couple minutes.
Storage was adequate but not generous, and there is space under the bed for suitcases.