My wife and I are both college professors. I am 65 and my wife is 59. This was our 12th cruise since Aug. 2001 and our second on HAL. Our other 10 have been on Princess Cruise Lines. We both love cruising.
We booked this cruise late last year through one of our dearest friends, who is a travel agent and we met on our first cruise. We had looked forward to this cruise ever since we booked it, reading books, viewing DVD's and planning our shore excursions. I followed the Eurodom blog almost every day. We booked our air transportation on our own, but booked our hotel stays in Copenhagen and New York through HAL.
We flew to Copenhagen on Aug. 12 and arrived on the morning of the 13th. As we left customs we were met by representatives of HAL, who helped us with our luggage. in no time we were at the Scandic Hotel where we were processed. Because the rooms were not ready yet we went for a walk around town. This was our second visit to Copenhagen. When we got back our room was ready. It was a wonderful room with a great view of the city. The next morning after breakfast we waited to go to the ship. Again all was handled very efficiently and within 30 minutes of arriving at the pier we were on board and in our stateroom. It was at the very end of the ship and our balcony overlooked the aft end. It was a very large and spacious cabin. Everything was wonderful. The only improvement HAL could make would be to have more and better lighting in the closet/storage area. It is very hard to see inside the closets.
We took a tour of the ship and when we got back our luggage was in our stateroom. We quickly unpacked and were ready for the boat drill. Because we chose the early dining, it was now time to eat. The dining room was beautiful, but because of the design it was quite noisy. The service was excellent and the food was quite good. We enjoyed our table mates. After dinner we went to the theater. All the shows were excellent during the cruise.
We enjoyed most of our port of call. The three stops in Norway were fantastic, what a beautiful country. The Faroe Islands were interesting. Iceland has a rugged beauty, but we had the worst tour guide we've ever had. She even lost the tour bus. We got back so late, that we were the last ones to board the ship. The sail away from St. John's, Newfoundland was memorable, with all the ships in the harbor blowing their horns in a wonderful send off. St. Pierre was very foggy and rainy, Sydney was nice. It rained while we were in Halifax.
We woke up at 4:45 am to watch our arrival in New York and see the Statue of Liberty. I took many photos of it.
HAL's disembarkation system worked very well and we were some of the last ones off the ship.
Our travel agent and her husband met us at the hotel. They stayed there also to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary. We toured the city and went out for dinner. The next day our vacation ended and we flew back home to Chicago.
It was a fantastic cruise and the Eurodam is a great ship