Eurodam - Code Beautiful: Eurodam Cruise Review by cruisetrail

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Eurodam - Code Beautiful

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation Fort Lauderdale. Terminal 21. Around noon. The easiest ever. It took us a few minutes to complete all formalities and get on the ship.

Disembarkation (Port Everglades - not the ship!)
Slowest ever.
Plan your flight home not earlier than 2 pm.

Ship condition
Immaculate for the age (5 years).

Ship design
This is a famous ship designed as a classic cruise ship.
The Eurodam offers a full range of amenities one would expect for a classy sea travel.

Clean. Ready, no wait.
Both stewards were friendly people and hard workers.

Food & Service
Excellent everywhere we tried it: MDR, Lido, Pinnacle, Le Cirque.
Even poolside junk food was tempting. But we never touch it on the cruise - too much real food.
Afternoon tea - something not to be missed as always. The only fault this time - scones not tasty and strange awkward salmon sandwiches. Proper salmon sandwiches were available in More Explorations Cafe.

Pools/Sun decks/Promenade decks/Observation deck/Hydropool & Thermal Suite/Gym/Sports Court

All this well-being complex was excellent as expected.
No crowds.
Tons of space.
A minor complaint - a music band was present in the aft pool area a couple of times. I would prefer to never see and hear them there.
That was a nice group but let them play in the midship pool area.


There have been changes since last year.
The live orchestra is gone.
"Adagio strings" (4 musicians) is now "Adagio" (piano+violin).
Yes, piano is a huge power, but.... the four strings were a part of a live orchestra.
A positive change - a larger musical band was performing in the Atrium (Ocean Bar - Dance Floor).

Last year we had:
Four full shows (including the introductory show).
Singers - beautiful voices. Absolutely lovely personalities.
Dancers - sparkling energy, very professional choreography.
And the final note - an explosive live orchestra performance.

This time....
Pre-recorded music.
Voices still excellent.
Choreography - cheesy.
And only three full shows (including the introduction).

There were new performers on the Main stage: The BB King Blues Band.
IMO this is not a substitute for a main show.
However, that was a live music performance - very professional.

As usual, there was always music or something else on the small stage (Queen's Lounge) and chamber performances in all lounges.

Subjectively (to our personal taste) the Mainstage entertainment program on this cruise was not as good as one year ago.
But we have witnessed the fact that many co-travelers were very pleased with the changes.

Our own entertainment program was not focused on the shows this time.
On this cruise we had more time for sports, sea views, hydropool & thermal suite and.... great food - all that we thoroughly enjoyed on the Eurodam.

The art collection on the Eurodam is endless.
Every time you find something new.

Grand Turk and HMC - p-a-r-a-d-i-s-e.
There were not much sun on HMC this time, but overall we enjoyed this stop.
San Juan - nothing. Enjoyed the ship and beautiful weather.
St. Thomas - been there many times. Enjoyed the ship and beautiful weather.

Overall - absolutely lovely cruise on a first class resort ship.
HAL Signature Class ships continue to offer the best product in the Caribbean.

After the cruise we have nice tan, feel healthier and look younger. Less

Published 03/27/13

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