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We chose this cruise on recommendation of our AAA agent and for an itinerary which included the ABC Islands. We stayed at Cruise Port Inn in Fort Lauderdale for two nights prior to embarkation and anticipate that after the renovation now in progress, it will be a much nicer place to stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful in spite of the physical mess. The breakfast area was a crowded disaster, and public areas were overcrowded and less than clean. The room was clean and adequate and fairly quiet even tho we backed onto a busy road. The embarkation process went smoothly and our luggage was in our rooms by the time we arrived. Our room was on the 4th deck over the Theater. I would not book this room again as we heard the last performance every night from our room, as we were usually in by 10-10:30PM. We heard nothing from the rooms around or across from us. We had asked for first dinner seating with our traveling companions, and were waitlisted, therefore did open seating every night. We never had to wait long for a table unless we chose to dine with just the four of us and even then was never more than a 5-10 minute wait. I enjoyed the larger groups, but found with more than 6 at a table, it was very hard to hear and carry on a conversation with anyone but the person on either side, and as there were mostly elderly on board this was an issue every night. Also, we never became familiar with the dining room staff as those at assigned tables did. The food in the dining room was great, especially enjoyed the fresh fish choices nightly. We also ate at the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto's, and had wonderful meals and unhurried service for both nights. We frequently ate at the Lido for lunch and although they offered the same options daily, there was enough variety to keep us satisfied and the service was as attentive as in the dining room. The entertainment was great! Loved the quintet at the Lincoln stage and really enjoyed the Piano Bar with sing-a-longs. There was standing room only if you didn't get to the venue at least 30-45 minutes early. I can't say enough for the service! We had morning coffee delivered daily and our room stewards, Harris and Oom, knew our names by the second day. On asking at the service desk for a screwdriver to repair a piece of luggage, they took the suitcase and repaired it free of charge and delivered it to our room. One of our traveling companions injured his back and had to spend three days in bed. The room stewards looked in on him frequently, bringing him snacks and ice packs, helping with wheelchairs and transportation to the clinic, and escorting him through the disembarkation process. We used the laundry service for $20.00,and our large bag of clothing came back folded or ironed and hung on hangers within 12 hours. We took a snorkeling excursion, 'The Cow Boat' in Bonaire, and the 'Made in Curacao' tour in Curacao. Both were well organized and enjoyable. Mostly we just enjoyed sitting by the pool and in the Crow's Nest visiting with other travelers. We also took the 'Everglades Tour' on disembarkation day. The boat ride was fun and interesting, but the animal preserve was not particularly interesting and I resented being solicited for tips at every exhibit. Even with the tour we had over a 4 hour wait at the airport for our flight. As we didn't have earlier flight choices, it would be nice to have some time of tour the last day that lasted a little longer. With the exception of our injured traveling companion, the trip was very enjoyable. We will definitely travel with Holland America again.

Retirement Celebration Cruise

Koningsdam Cruise Review by Idahocruiser53

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Standard Interior Stateroom
We chose this cruise on recommendation of our AAA agent and for an itinerary which included the ABC Islands. We stayed at Cruise Port Inn in Fort Lauderdale for two nights prior to embarkation and anticipate that after the renovation now in progress, it will be a much nicer place to stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful in spite of the physical mess. The breakfast area was a crowded disaster, and public areas were overcrowded and less than clean. The room was clean and adequate and fairly quiet even tho we backed onto a busy road.

The embarkation process went smoothly and our luggage was in our rooms by the time we arrived. Our room was on the 4th deck over the Theater. I would not book this room again as we heard the last performance every night from our room, as we were usually in by 10-10:30PM. We heard nothing from the rooms around or across from us.

We had asked for first dinner seating with our traveling companions, and were waitlisted, therefore did open seating every night. We never had to wait long for a table unless we chose to dine with just the four of us and even then was never more than a 5-10 minute wait. I enjoyed the larger groups, but found with more than 6 at a table, it was very hard to hear and carry on a conversation with anyone but the person on either side, and as there were mostly elderly on board this was an issue every night. Also, we never became familiar with the dining room staff as those at assigned tables did. The food in the dining room was great, especially enjoyed the fresh fish choices nightly. We also ate at the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto's, and had wonderful meals and unhurried service for both nights. We frequently ate at the Lido for lunch and although they offered the same options daily, there was enough variety to keep us satisfied and the service was as attentive as in the dining room.

The entertainment was great! Loved the quintet at the Lincoln stage and really enjoyed the Piano Bar with sing-a-longs. There was standing room only if you didn't get to the venue at least 30-45 minutes early.

I can't say enough for the service! We had morning coffee delivered daily and our room stewards, Harris and Oom, knew our names by the second day. On asking at the service desk for a screwdriver to repair a piece of luggage, they took the suitcase and repaired it free of charge and delivered it to our room. One of our traveling companions injured his back and had to spend three days in bed. The room stewards looked in on him frequently, bringing him snacks and ice packs, helping with wheelchairs and transportation to the clinic, and escorting him through the disembarkation process. We used the laundry service for $20.00,and our large bag of clothing came back folded or ironed and hung on hangers within 12 hours.

We took a snorkeling excursion, 'The Cow Boat' in Bonaire, and the 'Made in Curacao' tour in Curacao. Both were well organized and enjoyable. Mostly we just enjoyed sitting by the pool and in the Crow's Nest visiting with other travelers. We also took the 'Everglades Tour' on disembarkation day. The boat ride was fun and interesting, but the animal preserve was not particularly interesting and I resented being solicited for tips at every exhibit. Even with the tour we had over a 4 hour wait at the airport for our flight. As we didn't have earlier flight choices, it would be nice to have some time of tour the last day that lasted a little longer.

With the exception of our injured traveling companion, the trip was very enjoyable. We will definitely travel with Holland America again.
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Cabin Review

Standard Interior Stateroom
Cabin N N4024
Although very small, it had plenty of storage. Next time we will look for a room with a sitting area as you had to be in bed to watch TV, and there was no room for friends when they came by. Also was too noisy being over the Theater. The beds were comfortable and linens were nice.
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