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We always choose the itinerary and HAL ships often deliver. We boarded in Civitavecchia, went to the Adriatic Sea, Sicily, Malta, Naples. We stayed on for the transatlantic back to Fort Lauderdale. We loved all ports with Kotor, Malta and Madeira being favorites. The Koningsdam is fairly new with pleasant décor. It is also one of the largest ships we cruise on. Smaller is better in our opinion because of the port selection, but the Koningsdam made it to the small Adriatic ports that we really enjoyed. We booked several shore excursions and found them to be well organized with good to excellent guides. We were lucky that our Neptune suite came with breakfast and dinner in the Club Orange where service was excellent and the space was quiet. The few times we had lunch in the main dining room, we were unhappy with the slow service and the general noise level. The Lido had a wide selection of food but it was crowded. Overall, the food was good with some excellent selections prepared for Club Orange guests. The Tamarind restaurant was excellent. The enrichment speakers were very good. I enjoyed the captain's talk (dry humor) and the interviews with staff and entertainers. We don't go on ships for the entertainment, but if you love music, many different styles were offered. Unfortunately, bridge play was completely disorganized because the ship had nothing prepared. The bridge director was a volunteer who had to deal with missing cards and boards. Transatlantic cruise with their many sea days should always hire a bridge director. This was a low point. The high point on all HAL ships is the Indonesian and Philippino hotel and guest services staff. They are wonderful! I would book the Koningsdam again but only in a mid ship Neptune suite. Our next HAL cruise is on the Rotterdam ending in another transatlantic.

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Koningsdam Cruise Review by Floridiana

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Neptune Suite with Verandah
We always choose the itinerary and HAL ships often deliver. We boarded in Civitavecchia, went to the Adriatic Sea, Sicily, Malta, Naples. We stayed on for the transatlantic back to Fort Lauderdale. We loved all ports with Kotor, Malta and Madeira being favorites.

The Koningsdam is fairly new with pleasant décor. It is also one of the largest ships we cruise on. Smaller is better in our opinion because of the port selection, but the Koningsdam made it to the small Adriatic ports that we really enjoyed. We booked several shore excursions and found them to be well organized with good to excellent guides.

We were lucky that our Neptune suite came with breakfast and dinner in the Club Orange where service was excellent and the space was quiet. The few times we had lunch in the main dining room, we were unhappy with the slow service and the general noise level. The Lido had a wide selection of food but it was crowded. Overall, the food was good with some excellent selections prepared for Club Orange guests. The Tamarind restaurant was excellent.

The enrichment speakers were very good. I enjoyed the captain's talk (dry humor) and the interviews with staff and entertainers. We don't go on ships for the entertainment, but if you love music, many different styles were offered. Unfortunately, bridge play was completely disorganized because the ship had nothing prepared. The bridge director was a volunteer who had to deal with missing cards and boards. Transatlantic cruise with their many sea days should always hire a bridge director. This was a low point.

The high point on all HAL ships is the Indonesian and Philippino hotel and guest services staff. They are wonderful!

I would book the Koningsdam again but only in a mid ship Neptune suite. Our next HAL cruise is on the Rotterdam ending in another transatlantic.
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Neptune Suite with Verandah
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Our cabin was a guaranteed Neptune in the back of the ship. It is far from the Neptune lounge but close to the dining venues. We wouldn't choose it again because of its odd lay-out and the fact that we didn't appreciate the huge wind-swept balcony at the corner. As early risers, we were also far from the hot water supply. It took 4 minutes of running cold water in the shower until it turned hot. We didn't mind the distance from the theater and other venues. I don't really understand why other passengers complained about it although they walked in the gym.
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