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Koningsdam Review

5.0 / 5.0
845 reviews

Konigsdam is new and shiny but it isn’t for Everyone

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Koningsdam
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2020

Boarding the Konigsdam was just the average chaos. A few signs would be helpful, for sure. One delightful but mystifying surprise was the new muster drill. You watch a movie in your stateroom then go to a bar or theatre to hear about one minute worth of advice from the captain while watching a staffer put on a life jacket and that is IT! Not sure how this makes anyone any safer, but it sure is easy and convenient.

The ship is lovely and in excellent condition with fast and efficient elevators. None of the art or carpets is hideous, which is truly impressive for any cruise ship, you must admit. The music theme is odd but innocuous. The elevator floor announcements of Muzza for Mozart and Panama for Panorama were a bit annoying. At times the ship seemed a bit more crowded than most ships, especially on the very narrow walking deck. Sometimes it was only wide enough for one person and traffic would become a problem. The lifeboats were beside the deck instead of above it. This may make emergency evacuation better but destroys the view of the ocean. Deck chairs did not exist on the entire promenade deck. If you love walking and sitting 9n the boat deck as much as I do, this ship is NOT for you, especially if you don’t have a balcony for quiet sea watching. (Assuming your neighbours can fight the urge to smoke and yell.).

Another thing that didn’t exist was any meaningful library. There were a few books donated by passengers, but none provided by the ship, a pathetic little economy. Yes, we all have kindles, iPads, etc etc but part of the pleasure of a cruise is having time to read and it is fun to find something quite new to read at the same time.

Cabin Review

Smaller than usual and less easily usable storage. Beautiful bathroom, especially shower but the door should have a catch. Balcony better than it needed to be.

Port Reviews

Half Moon Cay

Surprised at how much I liked this one. I had been there before but it seemed somehow better. Maybe because I got further away from the crowds. Did not like the weird holding pen where they locked you in to wait for the next shuttle. What the heck, HAL?

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

Not bad for a cruise facility. Do NOT buy the wifi at the rental shack. It’s a total rip off and does not work. You can get free wifi at the coffee shop or bars.


Wonderful beaches and bus system works well. They use electronic cards but you just buy one on the spot. Station is just behind the Main Street.

Grand Turk

Getting a bit seedy. Too bad.


Cabs are expensive and inconvenient. There are wonderful tropical fish in the water beside the dock near the shore.

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