We set sail from the Port of Everglades early in December looking forward to 7 sunny days in the Eastern Caribbean on the lovely new Eurodam. We were roused by our lovely Capt. Mercer the first morning at sea, announcing an unscheduled stop at Half Moon Cay to Tender a critically ill passenger ashore for pickup by a US Coast Guard Chopper. The detour was brief, and we trust our fellow traveller is doing well. Transfer to tender occurred below our balcony and we couldn't help but admire the medical staffs' expertise in handling the situation. kudos!
Grand Turk could use a little more recovery time from the previous hurricane season, but the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico was another story. The Rain Forest, The Fort of San Christobal and El Moro are reason enough to spend time there, the night life is also amazing.
In between shore excursions, we enjoyed the friendliness of the majority of the crew I cannot say enough about the warm attentiveness of the staff of the Lido dining room. When seeking fresh pineapple for breakfast, I was "hunted down" and presented with a whole fresh sliced pineapple to share with my husband and friends! Open seating in the main dining room was impersonal, and we waited over 30 minutes to be served. It was no wonder we sought out the LIdo restaurant for meals and snacks. Yes, you may want to take a large Tea glass in order to save a few trips. The Spa appeared to be pricier than other lines we have sailed with, and just a touch "uninviting", but the Sauna was ready 24/7.
Deck eleven has 10 unusual staterooms with open to the sky crescent-shaped verandahs, one of which was ours. It was roomy, comfortable , with a tub, shower, and desktop fountain to guarantee serenity, I guess. Right around the corner was the coffee shop, ( service a bit slow) and the wonderful Crow's Nest Lounge which we loved, but seemed to be closed for "private functions" FREQUENTLY. (Go get your own place!) The people who have sailed on the Euro since her maiden voyage will have mentioned, I am sure, the problems with "wallowing" and rolling. We were surprised that a ship of this caliber seemed so turbulent. Ah well, It is after all, the Atlantic Ocean (not to mention the Bermuda Triangle.) Please try to enjoy the Casino, Hubby did, I didn't. But be sure to say Hello to Tony in the Casino Bar. A fine Gentleman and Mixologist.
ST. Thomas doesn't deserve to be abandoned at 1700 hours, just to race across the sea to Half Moon Cay, WHICH, I might add, we missed out on completely due to high seas which would apparently have made the whole Tender experience unruly. There was quite a bit of grumbling which the entire crew bore with their everpresent good nature. Gotta love em. So we zig-zagged back to Ft Lauderdale. Some extra activities were thrown into the mix and we lived to tell the tale. By the way, If you buy booze aboard the ship, be prepared to pay a tax on it. You are only allowed 1 bottle per person UNLESS it is purchased in St. Thomas, then, for some obscure reason that you all may already know, you may bring 4 bottles per person back into the USA. Customs lines were extremely slow on our day of return, the porters were quite verbal about the slow pace.
Just remember, if you're out to have a great time, You will have a great time. Oh Yes! be sure to attend at least one of the free Microsoft workshops offered onboard. Richly informative and yes, you will learn to create your own family website. Very much worth the time. Enjoy