This was our first trip on a Holland America Line ship, we chose it because of the itinerary and the sail date. I can say we will probably sail on Holland America again only if there are no better options in our time frames. I am going to give a brief overview of the main items on this cruise as experienced by us.
The cabin- the cabin was overall better than we have had on both Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. It was slightly larger and the bathrooms were bigger, the bathtub was a plus as it kept the water from going all over the floor! We never took a bath because it is tool small, but it is a nice plus. There was plenty of storage and the Veranda was perfect size. We wish the TV was larger and in a better location as we did have one night that we were not feeling well so we stayed in the cabin and watched a movie. It is a little tough due to the TV's location, however, watching TV is not why you are on vacation! Overall I give the cabins an A.
The Food - we were disappointed in the food overall with the notable exception of the Tamarind restaurant which I highly recommend for Dinner (not lunch). The main dining room food was average at best, we had several nights where we did not finish our entrees because they were not very tasty, we fell that because they cater to an older clientele the food was bland. One night the fish (Cod) my wife ordered had the texture of chicken, nasty! I would suggest eating mostly in the Tamarind and the Lido restaurant (the buffet) which was passable.
Entertainment - most of the entertainment on board stunk! But you don't expect high quality on a cruise ship. The one notable exception was the piano bar entertainer, Greg Galello, he made the cruise fun. Once we found him on the third night that is where we spent our evenings. He starts playing at 9 pm and goes until he gets tired! We met many great people in the bar as everyone there was like us, starved for quality entertainment! Unfortunately for the Eurodam, he is not always there and does go on other ships and some land based Gigs, hopefully he is there when you travel!
The Pool, there are two pools, the sea view pool and the Lido pool. We had rented a cabana at the Lido pool so we spent pretty much our whole time there. the cabana's are worth the rental, they are $199 for the entire cruise and we used it allot. It is nice to have a place of your own to retreat to after a shore excursion or on sea days. The cabana "Boys" are excellent and are always looking to get you what you need. Well worth the expense!!
Fellow passengers, Suffice to say we kept looking on the daily itinerary for the wheelchair/buggy races! The positive to this is the pools and other venues were never crowded, however finding passengers in our age group was tough. Like I said earlier, pretty much everyone under 50 was hanging out in the Piano Bar at night and everyone else was either asleep or in the casino!
Overall we really enjoyed our time on the Eurodam, not because of the ship so much as the people we met and the entertainment in the piano bar. The food was edible at best, the entertainment was very lackluster and not very professional, and the clientele was skewed toward the upper age brackets. The ship was gorgeous and well maintained. If you just want a quiet vacation without much nightlife then this is the ship for you!