Fruit plate, The Dining Room, Koningsdam, Holland America Line

We enjoyed trying the new dining options on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam during our July 3rd 7-Day Viking Sagas cruise.

From the fresh fruit plate at breakfast in The Dining Room to the deconstructed apple pie served during A Taste of De Librije, the food choices on the cruise line’s first Pinnacle Class ship offered something for most every taste.

Continuing our photo tour of the ms Koningsdam, here is a look at some of the new ship’s dining venues.

The Dining Room, Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe two-story Dining Room at the aft end of Decks 2 and 3 is beautifully light and airy, even if it does remind you of being inside of a whale. We enjoyed breakfast here several days, although it is best to show up when the restaurant first opens rather than deal with the large crowd that appears 15 – 30 minutes before the scheduled closing time. The same is true for lunch during busy sea days.

We were delighted to find new items on the breakfast menu, and disappointed to learn that the wine bottles in the tower are just for show.

Culinary Arts Center, Koningsdam, Holland America LineAlso on Deck 2, you will find the Culinary Arts Center. On the ms Koningsdam, this area is using for cooking demonstrations during the day, but each evening becomes another dining venue. For a fee of $39 per person, the chefs prepare a 4-course meal using fresh ingredients and different kinds of flavor-enhancing cress.  The 7 pm dinner includes a welcome cocktail, and unlimited wine from Snoqualmie Winery in Washington State.

While the food was good, we found this dining venue /concept a little uncomfortable and forced. It seems to be a work in progress.

Sel De Mer, Koningsdam, Holland America LineFurther down the hallway of Deck 2 is the Sel De Mer seafood brasserie. This small restaurant is charming, with French-inspired seafood that you order a la carte.

Three, four and five-star Mariners received a 25 – 50 percent discount on their bill, since this is a specialty restaurant.

bread and butter, Sel De Mer, Koningsdam, Holland America LineEveryone dinner at Sel De Mer begins with freshly baked bread, addictive salted butter and a plate of tapenade toppings.  We enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and fantastic service provided by Gladys.

Atrium and Grand Dutch Cafe, Koningsdam, Holland America LineOn Deck 3, just off of the musically-inspired atrium is the Grand Dutch Cafe.

Holland America Line has hit a home run with this cafe that serves coffee and beer, along with a range of Dutch-inspired snacks.

Cafe Latte, Grand Dutch Cafe, Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe Cafe Latte is served in a blue and white Delftware mug with a traditional Dutch cookie. You have to pay for the drinks but the food is complementary. The morning pastries with this coffee make for a quick breakfast at this popular venue.

Vegetable quiche and salad, Grand Dutch Cafe, Koningsdam, Holland America LineFor a lunch or afternoon snack, the vegetable quiche and salad hits the spot. Orange – the color of Holland – utensils complement the Delftware.

You can keep track of all of the dining venues, their menus and your reservations on the Holland America Navigator app (download and access free on your smartphone) while on board the ms Koningsdam.

De Librije menu, Navigator app, Holland America Line ms KoningsdamThis screen shot (pictured above) shows part of the Taste of De Librije menu that is served one night per cruise in the Pinnacle Grill.  We loved the food, the wine pairings and the service of this special evening. De Librije is a famous 3-star restaurant in the Netherlands outside of Amsterdam, and food and wine-lovers should not miss this evening on the ms Koningsdam.

serving plate, New York Pizza & Deli, Koningsdam, Holland America LineFor a very casual dining alternative, cruisers on the ms Koningsdam can head to Deck 10 to the New York Pizza & Deli. From bagels for breakfast to New York-style deli sandwiches made to order, this small restaurant over-looking the Lido Pool is open morning to evening. Thin-crust pizzas are made to order, and there’s also salad and dessert options. I would like to have a set of the dishes from this venue.

Self-serve beer, Lido Bar, Koningsdam, Holland America LineWe did not dine in the Lido Market, which has been upgraded from the standard buffet restaurant with a variety of food stations. We did check out the self-serve beer station at the Lido Bar long enough to take a photo, but we’ll continue to rely on our favorite Holland America bartenders to pour and/or make our drinks.

Tamarind Restaurant, Koningsdam, Holland America LineA favorite of our dining spots on Holland America’s Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam ships, the Asian-inspired Tamarind Restaurant has a new location on the ms Koningsdam

It is located at the aft end of Deck 10, overlooking the Sea View Pool.

soft shell crab, Tamarind Restaurant, Koningsdam, Holland America LineWhile the Tamarind menu favorites were consistent with the other ships, we appreciated this new soft shell crab appetizer on the ms Koningsdam.

view from the Tamarind Restaurant, Koningsdam, Holland America Line

As we enjoyed the gracious service and terrific food of the Tamarind, we also were graced with this view as the ship sailed out The Netherlands into the North Sea, headed to Norway.

There are more dining options on the ms Koningsdam, from cooked-to-order burgers and hot dogs at the Dive-In to 24-hour room service.

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Holland America's Koningsdam Cruise Ship in Flam, Norway

The tiny village of Flam, Norway was one of the port stops during our July 3rd 7-Day Viking Sagas cruise from Amsterdam on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam.

This post is a continuation of our photo tour of the cruise line’s first Pinnacle Class ship. The entertainment options are one of the highlights of the new musically-inspired ship.

World Stage, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe World Stage is the largest entertainment venue on the ms Koningsdam. The two-story theater features a 270-degree video screen that completes lectures and production shows with an ever-changing background of sights and sounds.

ABBA Fab, World Stage, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineABBA Fab, a group of entertainers billed as “the Ultimate Tribute to Abba” was one of our favorite performances on the World Stage during our cruise on the ms Koningsdam. Other performances in this venue included Comedian Tony Daro, Instrumentalist Amy Lee, Frozen Planet Live from BBC Earth, and two cast production shows, of which “Off the Charts – Billboard hits Rewind” was a favorite.

All of the World Stage shows are presented three times per evening, generally at 7:15 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10 pm. The 10 pm ABBA Fab show was standing room only.

Musical art, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineAs you exit the World Stage on Deck 2, you head past this artwork into the Music Walk, an area of the ms Koningsdam with three different stages that present a variety of live music.

Billboard onboard, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe first area is known as Billboard Onboard with a bar and two pianists playing 50 years of top songs.

dueling pianos, Billboard onboard, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe two singer/pianists play three sets most nights, and also play requests from the crowd.

Blue Glacier Martini, Billboard onboard, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineWe loved this entertainment option, usually while enjoying a pre or post-dinner cocktail such as the Blue Glacier martini pictured above.

sing-along, Billboard onboard, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineBy the last night of the cruise, these pianists had developed a loyal crowd of fans, including the ABBA Fab singers who joined in a sing-along.

The showtimes of the Billboard Onboard area are staggered with those of the Lincoln Center Stage, the popular classical music venue across the hallway.

Notes whiskey bar, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineYou will also find the Notes whiskey bar in the Music Walk area on Deck 2 of the ms Koningsdam.

view from upper level, Queen's Lounge, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe third venue of the Music Walk is the two-level Queen’s Lounge. This stage becomes the B.B. King’s Blues Club six out of seven nights of a typical cruise on the ms Koningsdam.

B.B. King's All Stars band, ms Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe B.B. King’s All Stars singers and band members entertained for three separate shows six nights of our cruise. They know how to get the crowd on the Koningsdam on the dance floor.

All of these entertainment options make the ms Koningsdam a draw for a guests with a wide variety of musical interests. We enjoyed something from each of the venues.

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