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  1. I come from New England and am lucky enough to be able to head to Maine for a delicious lobster almost any time I wish. I did order a lobster in the Pinnacle Grill this past March on the K'dam, it was good, but it wasn't as good as my Maine lobsters right off the boat..............
  2. I, too, always feel like I am at home whenever I step back on a HAL ship........there is something classy about that blue bottom hull.....I think I may just stick with what I know works for me, sailing on HAL..
  3. If you turned your reservation over to a travel agency, you must go through them for any payments. Not sure this is the case for people having issues, but thought I would mention that fact.....
  4. I was on the Koningsdam last March, we were on deck 6 aft because I like to sandwhich myself in between cabin decks, this assures me a quiet spot. With that said, our next cruise is on the K'dams sister ship Nieuw Statendam and are again, on deck 6 aft, some with verandah cabins and some across the hall with inside cabins. We liked this area because it was not only a quiet area, but also close to the Lido Market Place, Sea View pool and really close to almost everything. If you are prone to motion sickness, my suggestion is not to go forward, mid-ships is best, but have also found aft is pretty good too. Hope this helps, enjoy the Koningsdam, she's a spectacular ship and a great addition to the HAL fleet.
  5. We had a delayed disembarkation for everyone this past March in Ft. Lauderdale due to a medical emergency. Embarkation didn't start until 8:30 am. I would not risk that early flight time, especially with all the luggage this person will have..........stuff happens..............
  6. Our recent K'Dam cruise this past March, the disembarkation didn't start til almost 8:30 am due to a medical emergency. We had a 1 pm flight home and I was getting nervous. We were off the ship by 9:30 am and at the airport by 10:30 am with plenty of time. Keep in mind, stuff happens......................I would never book a flight earlier than 12 noon, too much stress.
  7. I have been on both the K'dam and NA, booked for the Nieuw Statendam in 2021. With that said, I loved each ship for different reasons. The Pinnacle Class ships are beautiful, my family and I loved the D'dam. We enjoyed the Music Walk, great addition for night time entertainment, dining room is bright and modern, Market Place we loved for breakfast and lunch and did do a couple of dinners there as well. Entertainment onboard was a big improvement, IMHO, but I sail HAL mainly for their itineraries, great HAL crew and in the caribbean, I am one who LOVES Half Moon Cay as my last stop to relax. The NA is equally as nice but does have one thing I miss on the Pinnacle Class ship and that is the wrap around promande deck. I aways loved sitting in those lovely hairs and watching the watcher go by...................... I don't think you can go wrong with any of your choices, but my suggestion for your parents as you described what they like to do would be the Nieuw Amsterdam. Hope this helps, please let us know what you decide and then how your parents enjoyed their cruise.
  8. I want those Dam Ship t-shirts............
  9. Not to worry I have stayed in one of these cabins and believe me I loved the location, that's why HAL charges more for these cabins and considers it an upgrade. We did not mind the lifeboats below us, it did not obstruct our view except if you wanted to look directly below, not a big deal for us. The location was really great, I don't think you will,be disappointed, we were in cabin 5106, loved it......enjoy your cruise.
  10. I was on the Koningsdam this past March, never once did I feel crowded, loved the ship........can't wait to sail the Nieuw Statendam in 2 years!!!!!!
  11. That sounds like a nightmare waiting to happen.......please come back and let us all know how it goes........good luck.
  12. We were on the Koningsdam in March, loved the ship, dining room food, I found, to be excellent, but I like almost anything I don't have to cook or clean up. The Lido was excellent, we had breakfast and lunch here every day, had dinner here a night or two. Dive in is still my favorite lunch spot and the pizza was excellent. Had dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, I have always enjoyed this restaurant, but will say I thought the quality has gone downhill, but the Canaleto I found to be excellent, I preferred this restaurant over the Pinnacle Grill. I agree with the other poster who said the casino is so smokey, I never went in due to that reason. Be aware the smoke from the casino drifts into BBKings hallway. I loved the music walk area, BBKings and The Rock and Roll (I think the Rock and roll band were new as they had some struggles coming together, but improved as the time went on) venues provided some of the best music entertainment All in all we loved the Pinnacle class of ship so much we booked the Nieuw Statendam for 2021. I hope you enjoy the Koningsdam as we did.
  13. Me either, I book early because I like certain cabins in certain areas of the ship. I may pay a little more, but I am never disappointed...sorry you were disappointed, I do hope you have a wonderful cruise.
  14. Question, if you are given the SBP complimentary, can you upgrade to the Elite and just pay the difference?
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