By: Lucy Fernandez, Owner
From June 4th – 11th, we had the pleasure of sailing with Holland America Line on its “Norse Legends” cruise. From every perspective, this trip had a wow factor of 100! Our ship, the ms Koningsdam, was an oceangoing destination in its own right. Our stateroom with veranda was lovely and the service from our largely Indonesian crew was impeccable.
We boarded in AMSTERDAM for the 7 night sojourn to the land of the fjords and were impressed with the ship from the moment we stepped aboard. Like all HAL ships, she is outfitted with sumptuous décor and very original displays of art throughout her public spaces. Though she carries 2,650 passengers, the ms Koningsdam feels stately and never crowded.
Highlights of our shipboard experience were dining at the Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind but we have to include also our group’s delightful servers and our experience in the Main dining room. We also enjoyed a special invitation to the Culinary Arts Center to experience their farm-to-table offerings. Music on board was also especially good on this sailing with offerings from blues to Broadway!
As a destination, Norway is gifted with some of the most spectacular coastline in the world – most notably the fantastic fjords . Our personal favorite during this cruise was Geraingerfjord, itself a Unesco World Heritage site. Renowned globally for it’s awe-inspiring beauty, this destination was first visited by cruise ships in 1869! Somehow it still appears unspoiled. Another picturesque favorite was De Syv Sostre waterfall (the seven sisters) which we photographed and enjoyed enroute to Geraingerfjord.
The charming village of Aalesund was also delightful with its Art Nouveau architecture, significantly present due to the rebuilding effort following a city-wide fire in 1904. This city hosts a number of festivals, including film, craft and food festivals, and is the de facto festival capital of the region!
This trip did not fail to impress on just about every level. Destinations, service and included amenities were all superlative. I am happy to recommend Holland America’s ms Koningsdam and the fjordlands experience to anyone seeking a premium product and a pristine destination!
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