Koningsdam Cruise Review by cancruise2
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Single Oceanview Stateroom
Embarkation was easy as I took their transfer from the Rome airport and luggage was delivered quickly.
I had been upgraded to a solo ocean view cabin and while small it had everything I had no air conditioning for the first 2.5 days and it was a bit of a nightmare to get them to fix it even with the help of guest services. Holland America is great unless you experience an issue then you realize they aren't so great. For my suffering they sent flowers???? Oh well.
Last time I did not like the MDR so this time I ate many meals in the buffet and over time I got the sense that a lot of others had the same idea. The food in the buffet was always hot and varied.
Given I went for the itinerary, all ports were good and the ship on time in all ports. I only took one excursion which I would recommend. Its the boat, bus transfer to OIA and Fira.
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Archeological MuseumI took the blue line hop on hop off 15 eurs and while its cheaper than the red buses, you have to transfer at the acropolis stop. I went the archeological museum which had a very long line and wasn't a very good museum - the Olympia, Rhodes and Naples ones were much better.View All 55 Archeological Museum Reviews
Olympia Archeological TourGot off the ship and took the 8 euro bus transfer to Olympia The entrance fee for museum and grounds. This is the best way to do Olympia- they give you two hours which is more than enough time to see it and the village.View All 187 Olympia Archeological Tour Reviews
EphesusThe cruise line tour leaves a 7 thirty am before it gets too hot and crowded. I had been there over 40 years ago and want to see how much more they escavated. The tour guide was ok but if you take the ship tour they will hurry you thru and just stop quickly at their version of highlights. IF you want an in-depth tour do not go with the ship excursion.View All 242 Ephesus Reviews
MykonosHolland America tendered and it was quick and efficient. Walked around the town, went to the windmills (10 minute easy walk). Ate gyros at Stav as its food is great and good atmosphere. There is a small beach in town that I saw quite a few passengers at with a life guard. Overall a very pretty and easy port to visit on your own.View All 1,037 Mykonos Cruise Port Reviews
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NaplesHaving been here many times this time I walked to the Palace (beautiful) and worth the 8 euros, and then to the Archeological musem. Its a long walk but interesting. The museum is very good and worth the visit. Note they do not have a cafeteria or coffee shop on premises.View All 1,394 Naples Cruise Port Reviews
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RhodesI love Rhodes... this time I went to the archeological museum. Given I went to one in all of the ports, I would say this is best even better than the one in athens. The town is easy to get around and their is a small beach close to the ship and then about a twenty minute walk an even better one.View All 464 Rhodes Cruise Port Reviews
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Oia VillageI took the ferry transfer and bus to OAI and then the transfer back to Fira with the cable car. The ferry gives you a great chance to experience the Caldera. The walk up the incline to get the bus is not easy but its five minutes of pain is worth it. OIA was beautiful and not too crowded. Fira was crowded but there was no line at the cable car. The best view of the sunset was on the ship.View All 213 Oia Village Reviews