Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Oranjestad, Aruba

When it comes to travel planning these days, there is one thing that has become more and more difficult to predict: The weather. While some time ago, November had been the perfect month for any Caribbean getaway, in 2016 the hurricane season did finally come to an end that month with Otto. A category 3 storm that formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea close to Nicaragua and which strength very much impacted our highly anticipated visit to the last of the ABC-islands, Aruba. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Willemstad, Curacao

Lively and colorful. This was the first impression that I got from the capital of Curacao, the largest and most populus of the three islands belonging to the ABC-Archipelago. Discovered in 1499, the name Curacao is adapted from the Portuguese term for “heart”. And along with the positive and friendly vibes of the local´s lifestyle, the colorful city Willemstad will swiftly put its spell onto everyone who is visiting. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Kralendijk, Bonaire

Crystal clear waters. A rich and colorful underwater world. If any island in the Caribbean has it, it is Bonaire. Belonging to the so-called ABC Islands, Bonaire bursts with popularity among scuba divers and snorkelers for amazing reefs and a most wonderful marine life. The island is greatly accessible by car and therefore can be easily explored on your own. It was one of these places in the Caribbean that had long time been on my bucket list and that I was highly anticipating to finally lay foot on during this Southern Caribbean cruise. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Grand Turk is the largest of the Turks Islands and  well-known for shopping bargains, world-class diving and Eco adventures. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

White sandy beaches. Crystal clear waters. Half Moon Cay has it all. The island, aka Little San Salvador Island, is just one out of the roughly 700 islands of the Bahamas Archipelago. Continue reading

MS Koningsdam – Holland America Line | Greenhouse Spa & Salon Photo Tour

Every cruise line has its signature wellness retreat. On Holland America it is called the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Take a photo tour of the new thermal suite exclusively available on the line´s newest vessel MS Koningsdam. Continue reading

MS Koningsdam – Holland America Line | Balcony Cabin Review

Just like mentioned in my recent post about Holland America Line´s newest flagship MS Koningsdam, now it is time to talk about cabin comfort. We have stayed 10 nights in balcony stateroom 4017, a VF category cabin, in the forward section of Deck 4 starboard side. To put it into one word: We LOVED it. Find out why… Continue reading

Holland America Line | MS Koningsdam Ship Tour

Having been loyal Celebrity Cruises guests and becoming tired of the brand´s service decline, we were looking for an adequate alternative in terms of a luxurious resort ship cruise experience, yet with a classy and more conventional touch. And without being dusty, Holland America Line´s newest fleet addition, MS Koningsdam, provided us with a modern approach to traditional cruising that we were looking for and a quality that had been long-lost on all the Celebrity Cruises vessels. Step onboard with me and experience MS Koningsdam, HAL´s new flagship. Continue reading