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Cruise Diary: Cruising the Caribbean Aboard Koningsdam — All About the Ship

Previously we featured a post from frequent Holland America Line guest Georgina Cruz, who shared the amazing experiences she had while visiting various ports on her 10-day Caribbean cruise. Part two of her post is dedicated to the ship that took her there — Koningsdam. Read on to discover what she thought of our Pinnacle Class ship!

The ship that whisked us from one island to another, the 2,650-passenger, 99,500-ton Koningsdam, the first of Holland America’s new Pinnacle Class, is the ideal base from which to explore in an abundance of comfort and luxury. Launched in 2016, she is a stylish home at sea with spectacular floral arrangements and a $4.1 million art collection including an impressive $600,000, 7.5-ton stainless steel sculpture, titled “Harps” in the Atrium that spans three decks and is based on a concept by designer Adam D. Tihany.

Koningsdam Atrium

In this floating palace, a pampering staff catered to our needs and whims. When we worked up an appetite ashore, we had an ocean of culinary delights onboard. The stunning main restaurant, The Dining Room — light, airy and elegant with dazzling light fixtures with cascading colorful glass orbs that remind me of bubbles as in the sea foam or in a champagne flute – offers international gourmet fare for included five-course dinners, along with attentive and friendly service.

The ship also features fine-dining options at alternative restaurants Sel de Mer (Sea Salt), a French seafood brasserie with such delights as fresh oysters, bouillabaisse and salt-crusted whole fish (cost is a la carte and there are selections including duck for landlubbers), and an immersive dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center (cost is $20, $39 with wine). The Grand Dutch Cafe offers traditional Dutch treats and European beer (a la carte), and a Lido Market features various themed serving stations including Asian specialties (included). For a snack or light meal there are juicy burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken sandwiches at Dive-In, and delicious slices at New York Pizza (included). But there are still many more temptations for the taste buds at the Pinnacle Grill (gourmet fare, $31 per person – I always order the sinful Chocolate Volcano Cake for dessert), Canaletto Italian restaurant ($15) and pan-Asian Tamarind alternative restaurants ($25, I am addicted to the spring rolls!).

Pinnacle Grill Chocolate Volcano Cake to die for!

Onboard facilities and activities – never a dull moment here! – include wine tastings by Chateau Ste. Michelle; America’s Test Kitchen demonstrations; BBC Earth Experiences; O, The Oprah Magazine offerings including a “Just Breathe” Meditation Session; Digital Workshop, powered by Windows; relaxing treatments at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon; two swimming pools, fitness center, basketball and volleyball courts and shops and boutiques. After dark, we loved the Music Walk area, featuring a variety of musical genres showcased in special venues including the Lincoln Center Stage (offering chamber music nightly); Billboard Onboard, (live musicians rocking the crowd with chart-topping hits – we really enjoyed a fabulous Beatles tribute concert); and B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. A 270-degree LED projection at World Stage immersed us in panoramic visual and sound effects at several show times, including production shows and a “Frozen Planet” presentation by BBC Earth with live music.

When our days and evenings were done we retired to our comfortable ocean-view stateroom – spacious, with good closet space, loveseat, desk, big-screen television and bath with walk-in shower and Elemis amenities. In the accommodations department, the Koningsdam features Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,331 guest accommodations – something sure to be appreciated by that clientele. And when our 10-day voyage was done … we made a wish to return!


  • Ury Link

    Ik ben eens met alles wat zij heeft geschreven,maar ik mis paar punten in haar blog.
    Waarom schrijft zij niet op het wegnemen van de Bibliotheek ?
    De Crouw nest is niet meer de gezellige punt op het schip maar een donkere lege ruimte zonder enige boeken en tafels. Waarom is de Bibliotheek weg ?
    Zij schrijft ook niet over het roken in de Casino, het is wel allen toegestaan in een gedeelde van de Casino maar niemand houdt zich Da aan de regels met het resultaat dat de hele Casino en omgeving stink naar rook.
    Op sommige plekken van het schip zo als bij het Hollandse café is het vrij koud ook voor de gasten maar nog veel meer voor het personeel.
    Het tocht ook op veel plekken in de gangen.

    Maar wij hebben genoten en genieten nog steeds en gisteren hebben wij gegete in Sel de Mer, en het verdient een grote compliment voor het uitstekende eten en service. Veel en veel beter dan de Pinacle.

  • bertialberto

    It”s wonderful that Oprah is a reader and recommends books, but I was never so disappointed when we boarded the Koningsdam last year to find there was no library. We have sailed HAL many times but from now on we”ll only sail on a ship with a library.

  • Julie

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. O’s Reading Room is not connected to the transition of our libraries onboard. The evolution of our libraries is a direct result of the majority of travelers now sailing with e-readers or their own books. The evolution of our onboard product always follows general consumer trends shore side such as the popularity of e-readers. We regret if these particular changes don’t meet your expectations and hope that our world-wide itineraries, award-winning service, top-notch cuisine and breadth of other activities to choose from continue to appeal to you. We are constantly reviewing guest feedback and evaluating our onboard offerings so we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

  • Arleen Hinds

    Presently on the Noordam there is still a beautiful library. Many people do have e -readers, however, 80 percent of those on board are reading a hard cover book. I personally think HAL has made a huge mistake in eliminating the Library, including many of the other cuts for example paper and envelopes in staterooms, lemonade and water only available as cold beverages during the day. Every cruise there is something more taken away.

  • Connie watson

    I hope the library controversy is getting better . We are well on our way to becoming 5 star and love .HAL. I hope and pray books are now available on the Koningdam before we book s cruise on her

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