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Chose Koningsdam for itinerary, departure date/port, cabin location and Culinary Arts Center. Three weeks prior to sailing I was informed the Culinary Arts Center had been changed to Club Orange, an extra charge upgrade dining outlet and priority in guest services that certainly was not fully explained. Consequently there were no culinary talks/demonstrations, etc during the cruise. I would have changed cruises had I known sooner. Carnival's cost cutting is really making its self felt in the F&B areas. Top to bottom it is certainly not what we experienced on past HAL cruises. Short staffing in kitchens and elsewhere led to really sloooooooow service both for food and beverage in all outlets. Dining room food seemed to be dumbed down and what is with all of the thick, heavy soups on a Caribbean cruise? Gone are the refreshing chilled fruit soups from past cruises. The F&B director, Chris, seemingly proudly announced that the crew ate rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even many of the plastic glasses in the Lido Market were cloudy, making them seem dirty. The best points of the cruise were aspects of the ship itself. The art work was the best we have seen at sea. Could always find a quiet place to read and people watch. And HAL has every line beat with their Crow's Nest high above the bow. What a great place to have early morning coffee watching the dawn and/or coming into port. (BTW, the only improvement in F&B over this HAL cruise and others is that we had coffee available 24/7.)

Ship Great; F&B Mediocre at Best

Koningsdam Cruise Review by ChrisnDixie

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Chose Koningsdam for itinerary, departure date/port, cabin location and Culinary Arts Center. Three weeks prior to sailing I was informed the Culinary Arts Center had been changed to Club Orange, an extra charge upgrade dining outlet and priority in guest services that certainly was not fully explained. Consequently there were no culinary talks/demonstrations, etc during the cruise. I would have changed cruises had I known sooner.

Carnival's cost cutting is really making its self felt in the F&B areas. Top to bottom it is certainly not what we experienced on past HAL cruises. Short staffing in kitchens and elsewhere led to really sloooooooow service both for food and beverage in all outlets.

Dining room food seemed to be dumbed down and what is with all of the thick, heavy soups on a Caribbean cruise? Gone are the refreshing chilled fruit soups from past cruises.

The F&B director, Chris, seemingly proudly announced that the crew ate rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even many of the plastic glasses in the Lido Market were cloudy, making them seem dirty.

The best points of the cruise were aspects of the ship itself. The art work was the best we have seen at sea. Could always find a quiet place to read and people watch. And HAL has every line beat with their Crow's Nest high above the bow. What a great place to have early morning coffee watching the dawn and/or coming into port. (BTW, the only improvement in F&B over this HAL cruise and others is that we had coffee available 24/7.)
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