Eurodam Cruise Review by Tashi123: The Fabulous Baltic
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The Fabulous Baltic
I have been back for nearly a month now and was waiting for someone else to write a review but since that hasn't happened here goes. The trip started well with an effortless boarding in glorious Copenhagen. Luckily I had spend two days exploring the beautiful city. Copenhagen is wonderful place to explore on foot and whilst I packed a lot in another day would have been great. Do not miss the Rosenborg Palace and if you are a "Borgen" fan like me, Christianborg Castle.
The Eurodam is a stylish ship. The decor is a little garish for my liking but I got used to it. The person who thought purple and red were a good combination should be sent back to colour design school! Our stateroom was everything it promised to be. Having a balcony was great and we sat out there with a glass of wine in our hand regularly. We were fortunate to have had perfect weather the whole cruise. Considering we boarded 31 May we did not think that it would be as hot as it was. Especially in St Petersburg More where it was uncomfortably warm.
There were three in our cabin and the foldout bed was ok but every time I sat up the bed would fold up on itself. Our room stewards Saptoe and Joe were very friendly and efficient. We really couldn't have asked for more. We bought the unlimited laundry package to $90 and it was great. They took our laundry away as we want to breakfast and it was returned after dinner. It was certainly much better than three people trying to wash their smalls in the bathroom basin and dry them draped on furniture.
We dined mainly in the MDR and never had any trouble obtaining a table. Sometimes we shared with others and sometimes we were alone. As Australians we enjoyed meeting others from all around the world from all walks of life. We found the food to be very good. Sometimes it could have been hotter but when you are cooking for 2000 people I think we need to make allowances. Sometimes the food we received bore no relation to what we thought we ordered but it was all fine. The waiters did a great job keeping track of orders and never put a foot wrong.
We brought our own wine in the various ports so I can't comment on bar staff. We attended a few shows in the main auditorium. They were quite enjoyable but nothing extraordinary. We went on the cruise because of the itinerary and we spend as much time as we could exploring the ports. Every port had so much to offer (except Kiel which was a complete waste of time). We were so exhausted every night there was really no energy left for the casino, computer lessons, quizzes or bar crawls. There is a lot of walking in these ports of call and sturdy footwear is essential. There were many older people with walking frames on this cruise, I'm not sure how they managed with cobblestones and crowds.
Talinn was a fantastic surprise. It was a lovely historic town with a very steep hill which took its toll
on some. It is very easy to explore on your own. No tour required.
St Petersburg was fascinating and the highlight of the tour. We did a Deluxe tour with SPB tours which was excellent value for money and we crammed such a lot in. It was almost a bit frantic but it is one of those once in a lifetime places.
Helsinki was a lovely place to explore. A shuttle bus took us into town for a small fee and picked us up later which worked well. The markets were interesting filled with berries and fresh flowers.
Stockholm was very busy as we were there on Swedish National Day. There were crowds at the palace but it was free to the public that day so everyone was making the most of seeing the lovely state apartments. We actually saw the Crown Princess and her husband which was a nice surprise when they spoke to us in English.
Rostock was a nice little town to explore and the shops were great there especially for shoes.
Kiel was a disappointment but it was a Sunday and everything was closed.
HAL organized the disembarkation very well. They had announced how difficult it was to get a taxi at the wharf and they were right. Luckily you were able to arrange a shuttle to either town or the airport for a reasonable cost. I was very sad to come home as I didn't want the fun to end. It truly was a fantastic cruise experience on a wonderful ship. Thanks HAL. Less
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