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Holland America's Koningsdam

Wrap-up

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Koningsdam may be my new favorite ship. I think I have figured out the dining situation. Holland America sailors aren't really open seating type folks, hence the dedication to most of the dining room tables to fixed seating. To compensate, Holland has made the offerings in the Lido as good and in some cases better than the dining room. Eating there may become even a better option than the dining room for some folks who want a little less formal, but not wanting to give up the quality - it's surf and turf in the Lido tonight! We all thought the food on this ship was far superior to Celebrity Infinity, which we just came off of. It's easily as good as Azamara and Regent Seven Seas.

We were finally able to get into the dining room today for the Mariners Club (past cruiser recognition) lunch. The main floor of the main dining room was full!!!

The ship is laid out wonderfully and it's easy to get around. There are lots of food options and specialty restaurants with superb menus (make your reservations before you depart!). The staff is as friendly as you can get and bend over backwards to satisfy your needs The entertainment is top notch, not quite as good as the true Broadway Productions on Royal Caribbean, but top notch. The Blues band was superb as was the dueling pianos. The world stage is exciting and they do the shows three times per night because of the demand. Bottom line - this ship "far exceeded my expectations".....and I don't say that lightly.

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Holland America's Koningsdam

Half Moon Cay

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Today we stopped at Holland America's private island Half Moon Cay. Having been to a bunch of these associated with the various cruise lines, this island along with Disney's Castaway Cay are clearly the best. Paved walkways, easing access to the beach and a good dining venue.

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Holland America's Koningsdam

Nassau

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The dining saga continues. Simply put, we were unable to make any reservations at any dining venue - open or specialty - on the ship. Everything was sold out or had availability at 9:30pm. Several folks were able to get in to the dining room as singles, but nothing more than 2 people. Bottom line: if you don't have assigned dining or a reservation before you get on the ship, you are pretty much on your own.\
Now the good news. I ate in the Lido and the offerings were absolutely spectacular - by far the best dinner options in that venue that I have ever seen. Shrimp cocktail, superb moist salmon, grilled shrimp and more. Wow, what a surprise.

Some midship pictures today:
Queens Lounge
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Culinary Center
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Blend (make your own wine)
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Main Dining Room
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Pinnacle Grill
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Billboard Lounge
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and some other pics
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Posted by rpickett 07:30 Archived in Bahamas Tagged nassau Comments (0)

Holland America's Koningsdam

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Koningsdam is Holland America's newest ship and it arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on November 9th for its Caribbean season after sailing in Europe all summer after it joined the fleet. Since they had a short 4 night cruise that worked out well with a conference that I was attending, a bunch of us decided to sail and see what it was like.

Since this was its first stop in the USA, the ship had to pass a Coast Guard Safety Inspection. This delayed our boarding until 1:00pm and delayed our departure for Nassau until 10:00pm. The boarding was handled well, and they had snacks and water available in the cruise terminal as the boarding time could have been as late as 3:00pm, depending on how the safety drill went.

Our first dinner did not go well. Since we were not sure how folks we would have we showed up at 7:00pm for the open seating dining with a group of 9. We did not have a reservation. Holland integrates their open seating with the regular dining, and the system really does not work that well. We were initially told to expect a 30 minute wait for a table. I went back to check on our status at that time and they said it would be a least another 45 minutes before we were seated. We offered to split up into smaller tables, but they said that would not make any difference. We went to the Lido. Lesson learned: HA passengers are basically a fixed dining group. We are going to try and make a reservation for 6:30 tonight and see what happens. Then on the way to the lido, another lady and I got stuck on the elevator for 20 minutes. What was very disturbing was that neither the emergency bell nor the phone in the elevator worked. Literally no way to communicate. The doors finally opened I called 911 to report this very unsafe condition.

Today I am posting pictures of Deck's nine and ten, which include the buffet area, pool area and the spa.

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And then of course sailing along side an NCL Ship and the 'required' towel creature!
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Around Iceland

Photo Album

My photo album of our wonderful Iceland trip is complete!

Click Iceland to view the album!

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