Excellent cruise on the Eurodam: Eurodam Cruise Review by cliff1788
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Excellent cruise on the Eurodam
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation was a bit crazy. Eurodam was parked next to one of the RCCL mega ships. We parked our car with Park and Go and took the shuttle to the port. The port was very congested. Once we got off the shuttle and tagged our bags we made our way into the terminal. HAL did a very nice job with a large crowd. Overall it took about 30-40 minutes from the time we got off the shuttle to the time we got on the ship. Seems HAL has this process down to a science. Next time I will not try to arrive so early. My mother in law flew in at 1:30 and completely missed all of the crowds. She walked directly on to the ship in 10 minutes.
Due to illness, we skipped our stop in Grand Turk. Sort of expected this but it would have been More VERY nice to get off of the ship rather than spend 2 days at sea. We had a first time cruiser with us and the seas were not so friendly to her on the first day. We were all very happy to see San Juan. San Juan was a super cool place. Lots of history, friendly people, good food, easy transportation, and GREAT beaches. We spent the morning touring the fort. We took the free open air trolley all the way to the fort and then strolled back down the hill through Old San Juan back to the port. Once back at the port we took a taxi ($5-7 per person) to the beach near the Intercontinental Hotel. The resorts in the area have tight security so don't plan to use their facilities. You can make arrangements with the Marriot Stelaris for about $30 per person for the day. We will probably do this next time.
St Thomas was very good. We did the St John, Trunk Bay snorkel tour. While we had a nice time we would probably do this on our own next time. The water was great and the snorkeling was good. The group was large so there was a little more waiting around than I prefer. On the flip side, we did not have to do any planning or look at our watches constantly to be sure we didn't miss a boat.
Half Moon Cay was good too. The weather was a bit iffy and the tendering process was rough! The crew did a great job ensuring every one's safety. We just laid on the beach and enjoyed the bar-b-que. Nice way to end the trip.
The food on the Eurodam was FANTASTIC! I am not sure how they do it but everything came out warm and tasty. We tried lots of different food and the portion sizes were perfect. If there was something we did not like we did not feel like we were wasting food. If we wanted more of something the staff was eager to please by bringing another serving. Among our favorites was the banana soup and a lobster salad. The stuffed quail was out of sight!!! The wine steward was great too. We brought our own wine and she was glad to pour every last drop! All of the desserts were good. Some were more adventurous than others but all very good.
Entertainment: Wow!!! I think HAL has stumbled on to something with the BB King Blues review. Incredible, excellent, awesome!! I can seriously see this type of entertainment being the future of cruise entertainment. The other "production" shows were good but the BB King band was in a class all by itself. They played to a packed house every night. Many fellow cruisers followed them to where they were playing every night. You could not get a seat the night they were on the main stage. The nights they were in the Queen's Lounge it was standing room only. Jeff, the magician, and his dog Indy were good too. By far, BB King was the best, although I would see Jeff anytime he is on stage too. He is funny and his routine is witty.
Overall, this was a great cruise. Last year we cruised on the Noordam to the Southern Caribbean. We had a great time then so I was sort of expecting a let down on this trip. Eurodam and its entire crew are to be commended for a fabulous cruise. I truly cannot think of a better vacation value than a cruise with Holland America!!! Less