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My husband and I had always wanted to do a Transatlantic together and we were looking forward to sailing on HAL's newest ship. Many years ago I had crossed the Atlantic from New York to Le Havre on the United States and my husband, in his Navy days, had crossed the Pacific. Let me first say something about the sea worthiness of the ship and seamanship of the Captain and his crew. Our first day out of Citavecchia we encountered a fierce storm that was punching hurricane force winds and high seas. The strong winds forced the ship to sail i However I never felt afraid. The stabilizers held the ship maintained the ship upright and occasionally with a slight list. My husband, who had been in the Pacific during a typhoon on an aircraft carrier taking water over the deck, was impressed with how well the ship handled. What made this experience so interesting is that once we got into the Atlantic, it was like we were sailing on glass, for the most part smooth and calm. We loved the new cabin design. Our cabin was on the stern so we had a 180 degree view from our Veranda. The bathroom did not contain a bathtub, which we never missed. The toilet area may feel compact especially if you are a large person. The artwork throughout the ship is very modern and somewhat edgy. It is definitely not the traditional artwork found on HAL ships. We took advantage of the specialized dining on the ship and here are our thoughts: Tamarind: Delicious Pan-Asian food. The wasabi-encrusted filet was excellent as was the lobster stir fry. Sel de Mer: Seafood to Die For. The best dish I have ever had onboard a ship was the lobster thermidor. The appetizer of three-tiered seafood salads was delicious. Culinary Arts Center: Loved the small plates. Everything we tried was delicious. Canaletto: The Italian food is not very different from what is served either in the Main Dining Room or in the Lido Market. NY Deli and Pizzeria: The deli sandwiches were very good. The pizzas looked good, but we didn't try them. The Lido Market has been vastly improved with the layout. Never had to wait more than a few minutes to make a selection. Since the Konningsdam has a gelato stand (for additional cost), they no longer offer ice cream throughout the day. The World Stage is awesome. By adding the large visual screens, it makes not only the live shows more spectacular, but the BBC Wild Planet shows come alive. This cruise offered Bridge instruction. I was very happy to take Beginner's Bridge each morning on the sea days.

Wonderful Transatlantic Crossing

Koningsdam Cruise Review by GypsySonnetGirl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
My husband and I had always wanted to do a Transatlantic together and we were looking forward to sailing on HAL's newest ship. Many years ago I had crossed the Atlantic from New York to Le Havre on the United States and my husband, in his Navy days, had crossed the Pacific.

Let me first say something about the sea worthiness of the ship and seamanship of the Captain and his crew. Our first day out of Citavecchia we encountered a fierce storm that was punching hurricane force winds and high seas. The strong winds forced the ship to sail i However I never felt afraid. The stabilizers held the ship maintained the ship upright and occasionally with a slight list. My husband, who had been in the Pacific during a typhoon on an aircraft carrier taking water over the deck, was impressed with how well the ship handled.

What made this experience so interesting is that once we got into the Atlantic, it was like we were sailing on glass, for the most part smooth and calm.

We loved the new cabin design. Our cabin was on the stern so we had a 180 degree view from our Veranda. The bathroom did not contain a bathtub, which we never missed. The toilet area may feel compact especially if you are a large person.

The artwork throughout the ship is very modern and somewhat edgy. It is definitely not the traditional artwork found on HAL ships.

We took advantage of the specialized dining on the ship and here are our thoughts:

Tamarind: Delicious Pan-Asian food. The wasabi-encrusted filet was excellent as was the lobster stir fry.

Sel de Mer: Seafood to Die For. The best dish I have ever had onboard a ship was the lobster thermidor. The appetizer of three-tiered seafood salads was delicious.

Culinary Arts Center: Loved the small plates. Everything we tried was delicious.

Canaletto: The Italian food is not very different from what is served either in the Main Dining Room or in the Lido Market.

NY Deli and Pizzeria: The deli sandwiches were very good. The pizzas looked good, but we didn't try them.

The Lido Market has been vastly improved with the layout. Never had to wait more than a few minutes to make a selection. Since the Konningsdam has a gelato stand (for additional cost), they no longer offer ice cream throughout the day.

The World Stage is awesome. By adding the large visual screens, it makes not only the live shows more spectacular, but the BBC Wild Planet shows come alive.

This cruise offered Bridge instruction. I was very happy to take Beginner's Bridge each morning on the sea days.
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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VS 8201
This cabin provided an extra amount of space lengthwise (front to back). The covered veranda was a nice size. Even though the cain is directly under the lido pool, we did not hear a lot of noise from deck chairs being moved around. However since this was on a transatlantic and not a Caribbean cruise, this may not be true all the time. We do like being close to the Lido since we can get food and bring it down and eat on the veranda.
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