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.
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!).
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!