First, I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this website. I've been following Cruise Critic for years and have learned so much from other cruisers. About us--we're in our early 60's and this cruise was our 40th Anniversary gift to each other. We couldn't have picked a better vacation!
Our previous cruises (just 4) have all been on HAL and Celebrity. We have appreciated the elegance, ambiance, and decor of these lines. In particular, we feel that the service and warmth of the crew on HAL makes us feel very welcome and "at home".
Embarkation: We flew from Chicago's Midway to Ft. Lauderdale the day before sailing and stayed at the Comfort Inn in Hollywood, FL. The hotel was average but the employees were very nice and they provide free airport/cruiseport shuttle service, and also a complimentary breakfast. The young man in the lobby who arranges transportation does a great job--he suggested that we have dinner at the Rustic Inn--we took his advice and had a delicious seafood dinner dockside. Just what we needed after a tiring day of traveling. The morning of departure we took a shuttle to the port and within minutes were on board. By 12:30 we were having lunch in the MDR.
Ship & Service: The Eurodam is beautiful and impeccably maintained. Loved the floral arrangements. The crew does an outstanding job and everyone was smiling, polite and helpful. Stateroom: As this cruise was in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary, we decided to splurge a little and booked a deluxe suite. We were very glad we did! Plenty of closet space, spacious bathroom with jacuzzi tub and a separate shower stall, and a separate dressing room. The bedding and furniture were very comfortable, and the balcony had a table with four chairs plus two more chairs with ottomans. Our suite was conveniently located on Deck 7 near the elevators and just down the hall from the Neptune Lounge. Our stewards and the concierge ladies in the Neptune Lounge did an excellent job.
Dining: Since we were suite guests, we were able to have breakfast in the Pinnacle, and we did most mornings. It was so nice to start the day with that level of service and the food was very good. We did have room service for breakfast twice and both times it was delivered promptly, the order was complete and the food was hot. We ate dinner almost every evening (late seating, which we prefer)in the MDR. Our waiters and the wine steward were friendly and attentive, and I think the menu offers something for everyone. One evening we were served an anniversary cake and another evening the waiters sang to us--nice little touches that add to the enjoyment of the cruise. We ate at Tamarind one night and really enjoyed it. If you like Asian food, I would recommend you try it. We aren't fond of buffets (especially without trays!), so we only ate in the Lido once, but the Terrace Grill by the pool has great lamb burgers with tzaziki sauce--tasted just like gyros!Ports & Excursions: San Juan was our favorite port this cruise. We booked an excursion to the El Yunque rain forest. Our tour guide was very informative and the trip was interesting. Grand Turk is a very small island, and since we're not "beach people", we just walked through the small shopping area and went back to enjoy the ship. St. Thomas is lovely; we toured the island on a previous cruise, so we did some duty free shopping this time. Half Moon Cay is a gorgeous beach--powder fine sand and beautiful aqua water.
Activities & Entertainment: We didn't go to many ship activities, but there were plenty available for those who were interested. Saw an ice sculpture demonstration--pretty neat. We went to every production show and enjoyed them. We thought the singers and dancers were very talented. We also enjoyed the Adagio Strings--our usual evening routine was to have pre-dinner drinks while listening to them in the Explorers Lounge and then go to dinner at 8:00.
Summary: We absolutely had a wonderful time on this cruise! Loved our suite and the service we received from everyone couldn't have been better. The only minor complain we had was the only time we ate breakfast in the Lido, the food was barely warm; but our other dining experiences--MDR, Tamarind & room service--were all very good to excellent. Bottom line, would we sail on the Eurodam again? HAL, yes!!