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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. As is usual on any HAL cruise, we got the odd whiff of nasty smells/gases being vented out onto decks instead of up the smoke stack or wherever all the other lines send such things. It would be nice if HAL could figure this one out. Cabins were a bit smaller than usual and storage was not generous. Yes, there were drawers under the beds and cabinets over the sofa, but these would not be easy to reach for many cruisers. There were only three shallow drawers in the wardrobe area and even the nightstands had smaller than usual drawers. Hanging space was adequate for us, but we had only brought carry on luggage. I wouldn’t recommended Konigsdam for a cruise longer than a week unless you like wearing the same clothes a lot or rinsing things out and paying for laundry. (There is a clothes line in the shower). The bathroom door doesn’t stay open and the night light is silly. It’s ridiculously bright for a bit but then it turns itself off. We ended up just blocking it with a folder. The diagonally placed toilet is tight (legroom) for anyone over normal height, though it helps to keep the shower door open - until a few waves make it slam shut. The toilet malfunctioned twice in ten days. You must put your key in the slot, European style, to turn on any lights except the reading lights over the bed. Best to leave those on all day for ease of getting in for quick errands. Our steward was the worst we have ever had in years of cruising, but we assume that is not HALs new standard. We have not listed our cruise cabin number as he needs the job. The beds were comfortable. The Grand Dutch Cafe is okay. The Lido is okay. The Distant Lands food was not good. Too salty, not good, not authentic. The Lido is inconvenient in that you could only pass from one side to the other at one end. This is bothersome if you have a plate of hot food and find there are no tables on one side as it can cool before you get back to the other side again. We did like that silverware was on the tables and that staff would sometimes bring along water, lemonade, etc. If they were offering hot drinks when you wanted cold, it was much quicker to just go get it as is took them a while to come back on the next loop with the other choices. On the outside, back, Lido deck, cold drinks and coffee weren’t offered. New York Deli was a waste of time and space. It’s slow and they serve a pastrami sandwich with meat just one slice thick. Just not the way to make a deli sandwich, HAL. In the Main Dining Room, food was a bit better than average and we had a wonderful waiter, Disan. Only a couple of items disappointed. Salad dressing was almost always balsamic, no more choices. The flourless chocolate cakes were still very good, but have lost their “molten lava” which chef Rudi’s own recipe calls for “a piece of good chocolate such as Lindor.” If you look up this recipe online and make it, you will find that it is stupendous in its original form. The room was attractive and didn’t feel too crowded except when people at neighbouring tables got too loud and/or tipsy. As a person who takes a lot of pleasure from the library and walking deck. I would not sail Konigsdam again without some pretty considerable incentive. Almost any other ship would please me better for all that Konigsdam is bright, clean, new and attractive. I am giving it four stars because I know that my priorities are not the same as all cruisers’.

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

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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.

As is usual on any HAL cruise, we got the odd whiff of nasty smells/gases being vented out onto decks instead of up the smoke stack or wherever all the other lines send such things. It would be nice if HAL could figure this one out.

Cabins were a bit smaller than usual and storage was not generous. Yes, there were drawers under the beds and cabinets over the sofa, but these would not be easy to reach for many cruisers. There were only three shallow drawers in the wardrobe area and even the nightstands had smaller than usual drawers. Hanging space was adequate for us, but we had only brought carry on luggage. I wouldn’t recommended Konigsdam for a cruise longer than a week unless you like wearing the same clothes a lot or rinsing things out and paying for laundry. (There is a clothes line in the shower). The bathroom door doesn’t stay open and the night light is silly. It’s ridiculously bright for a bit but then it turns itself off. We ended up just blocking it with a folder. The diagonally placed toilet is tight (legroom) for anyone over normal height, though it helps to keep the shower door open - until a few waves make it slam shut. The toilet malfunctioned twice in ten days. You must put your key in the slot, European style, to turn on any lights except the reading lights over the bed. Best to leave those on all day for ease of getting in for quick errands. Our steward was the worst we have ever had in years of cruising, but we assume that is not HALs new standard.

We have not listed our cruise cabin number as he needs the job. The beds were comfortable.

The Grand Dutch Cafe is okay. The Lido is okay. The Distant Lands food was not good. Too salty, not good, not authentic. The Lido is inconvenient in that you could only pass from one side to the other at one end. This is bothersome if you have a plate of hot food and find there are no tables on one side as it can cool before you get back to the other side again. We did like that silverware was on the tables and that staff would sometimes bring along water, lemonade, etc. If they were offering hot drinks when you wanted cold, it was much quicker to just go get it as is took them a while to come back on the next loop with the other choices. On the outside, back, Lido deck, cold drinks and coffee weren’t offered.

New York Deli was a waste of time and space. It’s slow and they serve a pastrami sandwich with meat just one slice thick. Just not the way to make a deli sandwich, HAL.

In the Main Dining Room, food was a bit better than average and we had a wonderful waiter, Disan. Only a couple of items disappointed. Salad dressing was almost always balsamic, no more choices. The flourless chocolate cakes were still very good, but have lost their “molten lava” which chef Rudi’s own recipe calls for “a piece of good chocolate such as Lindor.” If you look up this recipe online and make it, you will find that it is stupendous in its original form. The room was attractive and didn’t feel too crowded except when people at neighbouring tables got too loud and/or tipsy.

As a person who takes a lot of pleasure from the library and walking deck. I would not sail Konigsdam again without some pretty considerable incentive. Almost any other ship would please me better for all that Konigsdam is bright, clean, new and attractive. I am giving it four stars because I know that my priorities are not the same as all cruisers’.
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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.
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