Tuesday, 6 June 2017

All Aboard The MS Koningsdam with Holland America Line


If you've been following my journeys on social media recently, then you'll know that last weekend I took a trip to Amsterdam with Holland America Line. Whilst we were in the Dutch city, we took a trip to the MS Koningsdam, the first of Holland America Line's Pinnacle class ships. Launched in 2016, the Koningsdam keeps with the traditional nautical style for which Holland America Line is known, whilst bringing the overall experience into the 21st century.



This was actually my first experience on a cruise ship, and despite the Koningsdam holding 2,650 guests, it's still only classed as a mid-side ship in this day and age - although it still seemed huge to me! Whilst we were on the ship, we were able to take a wander around the cabins and staterooms, which I found so interesting. I'm not sure why, but I always had it in my mind that the rooms would be tiny and very 'ship-like' (if you know what I mean!). Instead I was surprised to see that the rooms were spacious, light and airy - a lot like modern hotel rooms. Although, I'd definitely want to stay in one of the Neptune Suites - they were so luxurious (the only way to sail in my opinion 😉). If you'd like more information and floor plans of all of the Koningsdam's rooms, you can take a peek here.



Another thing which I assumed about cruise holidays, was that there was a lack of dining options or that everyone had to eat at set times, which is something I really don't like when I'm on holiday - however, on the Koningsdam there are so many dining options that you're spoilt for choice. The Koningsdam has something for everyone, whether you'd looking for world class seafood in the Sel de Mer, Pan-Asian food at Tamarind or the best burgers in the world* at Dive In (*they've actually tested this!), there's sure to be something to please even the fussiest of eaters.




Onboard the Koningsdam, there are activities aplenty, whether you're looking for a relaxing spa holiday, a culinary experience or want to hone your video editing skills. The Koningsdam even has the only wine blending experience on the seven seas - sign me up! You can find all of the onboard activities (including the dreamiest of spas) here


As I said, the Koningsdam was my first cruise experience (despite not leaving the port!) and it's definitely piqued my interest in a cruise holiday for 2018. If like me, you're restricted to your 25 days annual leave, then I think cruising is the perfect way to see a lot of the world in a week or two (and only have to unpack your suitcase once!). When picking your cruise holiday though, it's important to focus on the type of holiday you're looking for. If, like me, you're more about the destination than the 'resort',  Holland America Line will be perfect for you as they focus their cruise experience on the destinations you'll be visiting, and because of that they're really generous with the amount of overnight stays you'll get in different destinations - so you're effectively getting a few city breaks in one holiday! The only thing I would say though, is that the Koningsdam seems to be geared more towards the older generation (think 40+) so I wouldn't really expect to be on the cruise with other 20somethings, but I could really imagine my parents generation loving the ship!

Becky xo

*Post in collaboration with Holland America Line

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