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We chose this cruise as I had previously used HA for Med cruises and really enjoyed the experience, rated it as the best cruise line I had been on This time was quite different and although the staff are still fantastic the changes to the ship made it impossible to find a quiet place to sit and read or talk The promenade deck was reduced to a very small area with no room for loungers in the shade where you could have a quiet rest looking at the sea and the lifeboats hung in the way so not much view There wasn’t anywhere on the boat we could get away from loud piped pop music and the only loungers were in the full sun There were so many children in the pool area that made it noisy and a very hot place too The adults pool and spa were in a smoking area so smelly and hot! The lunch dining room is not available now and there are no libraries They don’t have the events like they used to and the free drink and nibbles for sail away and last night is no more The shows are not nearly as elaborate although this ship had a great screen background and technical capability for laser shows You are constantly bombarded with requests to buy alcohol if you sit anywhere on the ship The jogging area was really tiny Everything is now designed to make more money We won’t hurry back and will try other lines now

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Koningsdam Cruise Review by AngieandLes

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Large or Standard Interior Stateroom
We chose this cruise as I had previously used HA for Med cruises and really enjoyed the experience, rated it as the best cruise line I had been on

This time was quite different and although the staff are still fantastic the changes to the ship made it impossible to find a quiet place to sit and read or talk

The promenade deck was reduced to a very small area with no room for loungers in the shade where you could have a quiet rest looking at the sea and the lifeboats hung in the way so not much view

There wasn’t anywhere on the boat we could get away from loud piped pop music and the only loungers were in the full sun

There were so many children in the pool area that made it noisy and a very hot place too

The adults pool and spa were in a smoking area so smelly and hot!

The lunch dining room is not available now and there are no libraries

They don’t have the events like they used to and the free drink and nibbles for sail away and last night is no more

The shows are not nearly as elaborate although this ship had a great screen background and technical capability for laser shows

You are constantly bombarded with requests to buy alcohol if you sit anywhere on the ship

The jogging area was really tiny

Everything is now designed to make more money

We won’t hurry back and will try other lines now
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Cabin Review

Large or Standard Interior Stateroom
Cabin I 4201
We asked to change from interior to balcony and pay extra six weeks before cruise but were told none available yet on the forum people were getting upgraded to balconies right up till 8 hours before cruise due to drop in price yet we paid full price months before and had no compensation so we wondered if it was just for Americans
Our cabin was like a small cave and we did not enjoy it although our wonderful steward kept it spotless
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