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Cruise Diary: A First Impression of Koningsdam

World Adventures blogger Jeff Farschman recently enjoyed his first sailing aboard Koningsdam on a 63-day Caribbean cruise. As a President’s Club member, Jeff has enjoyed cruising on several of our ships and is currently on the Grand World Voyage, but it seems our newest has won him over! Read below for his first impression of Koningsdam!

Today, I thought I would talk a little bit about the ms Koningsdam. People who know me are probably surprised that I have gone on and on about how much I love this ship. I am the most surprised of all.


I remember when the World Voyage guests were given an introduction to the new class of ship and the first of its kind, the ms Koningsdam. I was dismayed by the poor manners shown that day when a large number of guests booed as the ship was introduced. As dismayed as I may have been, my private thoughts were that I would never sail on the ms Koningsdam because it is way too big for my taste…I could not have been more wrong! This ship is magnificent in so many ways. The service, food and entertainment is just fabulous!

My cabin stewards, Noor & Aji are two of the best that I have ever had. My waiters Kadek & Eka are just amazing. Our assistant Matre’D, Daniel, is the consummate professional and there to meet any special needs. Our Wine Steward Joseph again is just fabulous. Everywhere we go we are surrounded by exceptional crew. In the Retreat, where we spend most of our days, Jeffery, Socrates and Michael are there continuously spoiling us with pampered treatment. As far as nightlife, there are so many venues for entertainment that everyone can find something that meets their individual tastes. The Front Office staff are always there to assist in any way they can, always with a smile. It’s so nice to see familiar faces there like Joyce & Abigale from previous World Voyages. I just love the specialty restaurants with Tamarind being my personal favorite. We even had a President’s Club dinner there, which was fantastic.

The Retreat.

Guest Services.

Dining on Koningsdam.

Main Dining Room.


You can see me pictured here with Captain Bowland, wonderful guy…. A good Canadian!

Koningsdam Atrium.

Koningsdam's Main Pool.

So, it is a big ship, but without the feel of a big ship. I find it very comfortable, never feeling crowded! I must say, starting the day on this ship is a wonderful experience. Best shower I have ever experienced on any ship or in any hotel, none better!!!! So, why do I love this ship? I guess because it just feels right, so comfortable…I feel like I’m at home here. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the ms Amsterdam and that is the ship for World Voyages…for other shorter voyages, this would be my ship of choice. Just loving it! Life is good!

Entertainment on Koningsdam.

Koningsdam's Ocean Bar.

Koningsdam's art.


Koningsdam's aft pool.


Have you had a chance to explore Koningsdam? What do you love most about this ship? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Nancy Braswell

    My husband & I enjoyed this ship on a 30-day Mediterranean sail April 2017 & thoroughly loved this ship!!! Staff, food, activities & excursions, comfort were AAA!!! Beautiful decor, beautiful people & beautiful memories …

  • Stephen Dutton

    Jeff, I totally agree. I’m on Köningsdam now in the Caribbean and stay on for its reposition to the Med. Having sailed with you on World Cruises and even exploring Komodo dragons with you, your opinion persuaded me to sail on this ship and it’s all Holland America. Terrific crew, lots of new entertainment options and there’s always good food in its many special restaurants.

  • Stephen Dutton

    Continued good sailing, Jeff !!!

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