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This was my first cruise. We flew to Amsterdam and then met friends who had already been on the ship for a week. We sailed to Norway. First of all - Norway - how beautiful! I had never been there before and the fjords were just breathtaking. We did mostly self-guided touring including renting cars with the exception of one port where we purchased the "Waterfall and Waffle" excursion which is highly recommended. Norway is gorgeous and I will have to come back some day. The ship is huge and in excellent condition. We stayed in an excellent cabin on the Mozart Deck (deck 6). I found it to be roomy, especially with the balcony, well appointed, clean, and comfortable. My only gripe is the small bathroom with a poorly-placed toilet that normal or taller size people cannot sit on without turning sideways. The food was excellent. I enjoyed the Lido immensely. They had food items at the Lido like prime rib and crab (on certain nights). Try the bread pudding. I will probably sail HAL again just for the bread pudding! The main dining room was overrated in my opinion. The meal took 2 hours which is just too long and the portions are small. The wait staff was amazing however. The pools and hot tubs were nice. I had a nice massage at the spa on deck 9. The burger and hot dog joint was really good too. I enjoyed the Grand Dutch Cafe but the coffee was only so-so there. Overall an excellent crew, excellent ship, and great itinerary. I will definitely cruise on HAL again.

My first cruise - and it was amazing!

Koningsdam Cruise Review by SumoCitrus

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
This was my first cruise. We flew to Amsterdam and then met friends who had already been on the ship for a week. We sailed to Norway. First of all - Norway - how beautiful! I had never been there before and the fjords were just breathtaking. We did mostly self-guided touring including renting cars with the exception of one port where we purchased the "Waterfall and Waffle" excursion which is highly recommended. Norway is gorgeous and I will have to come back some day.

The ship is huge and in excellent condition. We stayed in an excellent cabin on the Mozart Deck (deck 6). I found it to be roomy, especially with the balcony, well appointed, clean, and comfortable. My only gripe is the small bathroom with a poorly-placed toilet that normal or taller size people cannot sit on without turning sideways.

The food was excellent. I enjoyed the Lido immensely. They had food items at the Lido like prime rib and crab (on certain nights). Try the bread pudding. I will probably sail HAL again just for the bread pudding! The main dining room was overrated in my opinion. The meal took 2 hours which is just too long and the portions are small. The wait staff was amazing however.

The pools and hot tubs were nice. I had a nice massage at the spa on deck 9. The burger and hot dog joint was really good too. I enjoyed the Grand Dutch Cafe but the coffee was only so-so there.

Overall an excellent crew, excellent ship, and great itinerary. I will definitely cruise on HAL again.
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Vista Suite with Verandah
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I think we had the best cabin on deck 6. There are "secrets" about this cabin and some on deck 5 that I don't want to post here because they'll be ruined if everyone finds out! Do your research before you select your cabin.
Mozart Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins