Holland America Koningsdam solo staterooms really measure up.
It’s not rocket science. It’s all about revenue. That’s the reason the cruise lines have dragged their heels for so long about solo staterooms. Holland America has always known that solo travelers existed and aside from the usual 150-200% single supplement, Holland America is the only cruise line that still offers a Solo Share Program with same-sex passengers.
But what if you want your own space? The Koningsdam solo staterooms fit the bill. The Koningsdam, which launched last month, is the first ship in Holland America’s innovative Pinnacle Class and the first to offer purpose-built solo staterooms.
Located forward on the Main Deck, the 12 single ocean-view stateroom range in size from 127 to 172 square feet. The difference in square footage depends on the location of the stateroom; there are six on each side of the ship towards the bow. The first solo staterooms are smaller and they increase in size the further back you go.
All of the solo and traditional double occupancy staterooms feature Holland America Line’s signature Mariner’s Dream bed, bathrobes to use during the voyage, a modern shower head, flat-panel TV with video-on-demand, mini fridge, complimentary fresh fruit on request and bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure. Also included are ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. All the staterooms are equipped with bedside USB ports, too.
As can be the case with other cruise lines selling solo staterooms, sometimes solos staterooms are priced higher than a lower category double occupancy stateroom, even with a 150-200% single supplement. A price-check today revealed that this is not the case aboard the Koningsdam. Their solo stateroom compared with a similar double occupancy ocean-view stateroom, was nearly $500 less that the double occupancy room.
Be aware that because there are only 12 of these new solo staterooms on the Koningsdam, they will sell out early. Plan ahead and deposit even if you’re not 100% sure that you’ll be able to go. At least you’ll have the stateroom of your choice and as long as you cancel before final payment is due, you’ll get your full deposit refunded.
I’m the editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com, a solo traveler cruising the world on waves and wheels, collecting recipes along the way. I hope my articles and photos entertain, advise and inspire you to travel the world without flying. Take a breath…stop for a local meal and a glass of wine along the way.