What’s It Like to Cruise to Alaska on Holland America’s Koningsdam?

Written by William Lee

The Koningsdam is a Pinnacle-class cruise ship operated by Holland America Line, entering service in 2016. This 975-foot vessel boasts a guest capacity of 2,650 (double occupancy) and a crew of 1,036. Known for its music-themed decor, the ship features venues like the Rolling Stone Rock Room, Lincoln Center Stage, and B.B. King’s Blues Club. It offers multiple dining options, including the main Dining Room, Lido Market buffet, Pinnacle Grill steakhouse, and Canaletto Italian restaurant. Guests can enjoy amenities such as the World Stage theater with 270-degree LED screens, a casino, spa, fitness center, pools, sports courts, and adults-only areas like the Retreat sun deck with private cabanas. Accommodations range from interior staterooms to luxurious suites, many with private verandas. The Koningsdam blends Holland America’s classic cruising experience with modern amenities, catering to multi-generational cruisers. Chima Travel’s Brian Chima tells us about his experience aboard the Koningsdam.

holland america's koningsdam

Dining Experiences

Brian’s favorite restaurant on the Koningsdam was the Tamarind on deck 10. He said, “Hands down the best restaurant was the Tamarind. It has a great feel and vibe and some excellent sushi and edamame with a great selection of wine.” The restaurant has a cover charge of approximately $25-$35 per person. Brian also found himself frequently at the Lido Market, the main buffet. “I was impressed with a large variety of fruit, breads, and meat. It was delicious!” he shared.

Accommodation Details

Brian stayed in an ocean view balcony room with a private verandah. “The ship is called the Koningsdam, and it’s relatively new. I did not see evidence of wear and tear in the room and was surprised with the neutral tones making it look quite modern,” he noted. The room had a comfortable bed, a couch, a coffee table, and a desk with a chair, which Brian used often. However, he was disappointed with the wifi: “The wifi didn’t work well in the room, and I was disappointed with it.”

Brian mentioned that Holland America is marketed toward adults, with limited activities for children. “There were few things for children to do, and they mostly stayed on the pool deck at all times,” he observed. He found cruising to Alaska to be an excellent option. “Doing Alaska by cruise was hands down a fantastic option and I think the best way to do Alaska—by cruise and then doing a train at the end or beginning of the cruise to Denali,” he recommended.

Brian’s Favorite Aspects

Brian enjoyed the drink and wifi package, despite wishing the wifi worked better. “The drink package is interesting as each drink $12 and lower was included. Once I was talked into a double shot of a drink which was $24 and the bartender charged me the difference which was $12. Had I just gotten 2 single shots at $12 each, they would have been free,” he explained.

What Holland America Ships Go to Alaska?

Holland America offers several ships that sail to Alaska:

All Holland America cruises are outfitted to sail Alaska, ensuring a variety of options for exploring this stunning destination.

Planning a cruise can be tough, that’s why we came up with some key aspects to planning a cruise.

Cruising on the Koningsdam to Alaska offers a luxurious and adult-oriented experience with excellent dining options, comfortable accommodations, and a unique way to explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes. Brian’s journey highlights the ship’s modern amenities, the value of the Preferred Club, and the joy of combining a cruise with a scenic train trip to Denali. Need help planning your trip? Our travel agency would be happy to help!


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