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Eurodam Cruise Review by QCNash09: First experience was little rocky but good


QCNash09
1 Review
Member Since 2012
15 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 3.0

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First experience was little rocky but good

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

This was our very first cruise. Overall it was very enjoyable and we would certainly go on another cruise. The entire embarkation process went very smoothly and we were on board before noon and sitting eating lunch at the Lido. It was not much longer when they announced our rooms were ready. We had a veranda room which was very nice and clean.

Our first nights dinner was somewhat difficult. We had reserved a table for four even though we had open seating. Everything seemed to be going ok to start the dinner when the dining host came over and sat two strangers at our table that had room for six. We were very shocked and uncomfortable after we had specifically asked for a table for four. The waiter that night was also very impersonal and not someone we wanted to share seven nights with! The next night we randomly got an actual table for four and had a great waiter. With some talking to one of the dining stewards we enjoyed the rest of the cruise at the same table and More the same great waiter.

Our first night at sea brought on some sea sickness from one of us newbies. The uneasy feeling lasted into the next day when we made a trip to the doctor where they were very helpful and the rest of the cruise was free of queasiness.

The entertainment was very good. They have very good lead singers and the magician/dog show was very enjoyable. The cruise director introduced each nights show and throughout the cruise he was very professional and energetic. I do feel the DJ/bingo announcer could do a better job. He seemed to find himself funnier than the passengers did and did not always seem the most professional acting.

All the ports of call were interesting and enjoyable. We enjoyed tours at Grand Turk and St. Thomas which were basic not outstanding. We walked up to El Morro ourselves and it is worth the effort to see. Our stop at Half Moon Cay was cancelled due to rough seas which was disappointing but understandable. The night before this stop the ship was very rocky with high swells in the Atlantic. A very sleepless night at sea.

The cruise ended with slight confusion. They had told the passengers that the different assigned groups would be announced that morning so not to crowd the exit. But lines started to appear near the exit and no announcements were being made. We just found a place in line and ended our cruise and found our shuttle to the airport.

Overall, I would go on another cruise without any reservation. Could there be improvements, absolutely. I would like to see the captain take a few moments from time to time to inform the passengers of the sights, for instance what island we might be passing by or the weather ahead. The food service also clearly caters to the "gray" hair crowd. Many of us paid the same amount or more to take this cruise and expect the same extent of service regardless of age. A memorable first cruise which was positive enough to give me the bug to take another one! Less


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Cabin review: Eurodam Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Upper Promenade

The cabin is what we expected. It was small entry way. Both of us could not stand side by side in the entry. Lots of closet space, but if a door is open to the closet, no one can get through. We had a couch/bed which wasn't the most comfortable but serviceable. The veranda was very nice with two comfortable chairs. The bathroom was small but had three shelves on the side for storage and had a tub/shower combo.

Port and Shore Excursions


Island Tour

(4)
We had to wait past the given time to start. The speaker system on the "bus" was not very good, so it was hard to understand everything the guide said. The views and to experience the whole island was enjoyable though.

We very much enjoyed this port. We wanted to see El Morro fort which we understood was a long walk, and it was. A very hot humid day all uphill to the fort. The fort itself was very interesting with a small entrance fee. It again required lots of steps down into certain areas, but well worth the effort. The walk back down toward the ship was more enjoyable with many shops and restaurants. The sidewalks are very narrow with brick streets. We ate at a courtyard restaurant which was very quaint and nice. There are many name brand stores in addition to the stereotypical souvenir shops. The port area itself seemed relatively new and easy getting on and off.
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Island Tour

(4)
A very memorable tour up to the top of the mountain to the home of the original banana daquiri and then back down to the shopping area. On the way up the mountain there was lots of road construction and we are riding in the back of what is basically a pickup truck with seats and a roof, we end up hitting some cement barrier and blow two tires. Our driver stops, looks at it, and then continues on with the whole tour driving on two flats. There were no issues resulting from this and it made the tour one to remember. Once we were dropped off in the shopping district we had a good lunch at Gladys' and walked the main street. Lots and lots of jewelry shops! Then you had to flag one of many shuttles (pickups) back to the port.

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