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This is only our second big ship cruise, so take my opinions with a grain of salt. We took the cruise from Amsterdam to Norway and return in order to see the Fjords. We did not do the Baltic part of the itinerary. Booked trip through Expedia cruise service; some extra help, but no big bargains. This is apparently a popular trip, so do not hang out for bargains. Luckily we had wonderful weather in early June. Embarkation was slow, but smooth. Lots of folks. Disembarkation to airport shuttle bus was quick and efficient. Cabin – We were in 7166, and it exceeded our expectations completely. Adequate space, storage, comfortable beds, excellent service, good location. Mid ships might have seemed closer to whatever, but I think that is really all in your head – on such a large ship it is often a long walk. Room did seem dark with the veranda curtain closed. Room could use more general lighting. Meals – As described, the buffet is very crowded at breakfast, and sometimes lunch, but you can pick something up and take it to a nearby deck area without much trouble. The food in the buffet is really excellent for such large undertaking. Huge variety, and many items are delicious. Some, of course, not. Food in the dining room is a notch more reliable than the buffet – again, pretty good – comparable to decent mid to fine dining experience in USA. Desserts not very good. You can get much better desserts in a lounge called the Dutch Coffee shop, but they charge for the coffee. One night we ate in the upgrade seafood restaurant – the food and service there was truly excellent. We were surprised to find that the food venues described by other passengers, here, had changed – expect some changes. Entertainment – Since we live in the NYC metro area, we have pretty high standards, but I would say the entertainment is OK to good, at least for a week. The big song and dance shows were very good. The blues band good for a night or two, as were the duo pianists and the classical quintet. Lectures not so good, except the lady from the excursions department who did a good job of describing the destinations. A famous wildlife photographer talked about that – rehash of BBC TV documentary, and the Microsoft presentations were rudimentary. Altogether, just enough to prevent boring evenings for a week. Excursions – We took HA excursions from both fjords. At Eidfjord, we took one that went to Voringfossen waterfall, a large dam nearby and an inn for a waffle (not so great). The waterfall is spectacular, and the excursion bus we were on did a good job of getting us there early enough avoid gathering crowds. Another couple we met had figured out how to book a non-HA excursion to the falls ahead of time, and, of course there are excursion operators who meet the boat. I cannot compare, but will say that our trip was great. At Gerainger, we took a bus trip that first goes up the “Eagle Road” to a viewpoint over the fjord, then comes back down and goes up the other side of the fjord to Mt. Dalsnibba. All of it is breathtaking. I noticed that some pick up excursions did not do both directions. These excursions from the ship were well organized and smoothly run. In Alesund, we simple strolled around town, and walked up to the top of Mt Aksla (really a hill). Not too bad, even for us seniors, and a great view. Alesund is more charming than you might expect. You do not need an excursion to see Bergen either – we used the Rick Steves walking tour.

Excellent way to see the fjords

Koningsdam Cruise Review by NotAccidental

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
This is only our second big ship cruise, so take my opinions with a grain of salt. We took the cruise from Amsterdam to Norway and return in order to see the Fjords. We did not do the Baltic part of the itinerary. Booked trip through Expedia cruise service; some extra help, but no big bargains. This is apparently a popular trip, so do not hang out for bargains. Luckily we had wonderful weather in early June.

Embarkation was slow, but smooth. Lots of folks.

Disembarkation to airport shuttle bus was quick and efficient.

Cabin – We were in 7166, and it exceeded our expectations completely. Adequate space, storage, comfortable beds, excellent service, good location. Mid ships might have seemed closer to whatever, but I think that is really all in your head – on such a large ship it is often a long walk. Room did seem dark with the veranda curtain closed. Room could use more general lighting.

Meals – As described, the buffet is very crowded at breakfast, and sometimes lunch, but you can pick something up and take it to a nearby deck area without much trouble. The food in the buffet is really excellent for such large undertaking. Huge variety, and many items are delicious. Some, of course, not.

Food in the dining room is a notch more reliable than the buffet – again, pretty good – comparable to decent mid to fine dining experience in USA. Desserts not very good. You can get much better desserts in a lounge called the Dutch Coffee shop, but they charge for the coffee. One night we ate in the upgrade seafood restaurant – the food and service there was truly excellent. We were surprised to find that the food venues described by other passengers, here, had changed – expect some changes.

Entertainment – Since we live in the NYC metro area, we have pretty high standards, but I would say the entertainment is OK to good, at least for a week. The big song and dance shows were very good. The blues band good for a night or two, as were the duo pianists and the classical quintet. Lectures not so good, except the lady from the excursions department who did a good job of describing the destinations. A famous wildlife photographer talked about that – rehash of BBC TV documentary, and the Microsoft presentations were rudimentary. Altogether, just enough to prevent boring evenings for a week.

Excursions – We took HA excursions from both fjords. At Eidfjord, we took one that went to Voringfossen waterfall, a large dam nearby and an inn for a waffle (not so great). The waterfall is spectacular, and the excursion bus we were on did a good job of getting us there early enough avoid gathering crowds. Another couple we met had figured out how to book a non-HA excursion to the falls ahead of time, and, of course there are excursion operators who meet the boat. I cannot compare, but will say that our trip was great. At Gerainger, we took a bus trip that first goes up the “Eagle Road” to a viewpoint over the fjord, then comes back down and goes up the other side of the fjord to Mt. Dalsnibba. All of it is breathtaking. I noticed that some pick up excursions did not do both directions. These excursions from the ship were well organized and smoothly run. In Alesund, we simple strolled around town, and walked up to the top of Mt Aksla (really a hill). Not too bad, even for us seniors, and a great view. Alesund is more charming than you might expect. You do not need an excursion to see Bergen either – we used the Rick Steves walking tour.
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