After reading several(not so good)reviews of the Eurodam and staff we were a little apprehensive of our upcoming cruise. We were traveling with our married sons and their wifes (all in their 30's). We left for the cruise terminal at 11:00 from the Embassy Suites and we were on the ship well before noon.
The embarkation was a breeze, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The Eurodam is a beautiful ship, the decor is beautiful and classy, clean lines, fresh flowers every where. We ate lunch in the Lido, which was really nice, It has a very nice restaurant feel to it, with round tables for 6, along with tables for 2 and 4. When we were done we had a drink by the aft pool while our "kids" were checking out the Greenhouse Spa. During this time they announced that our cabins were ready. We all went to our cabins to check them out. We opened the door to our cabin and what can I say - it was beautiful!! More than enough room for 3 people. Then we stepped out on the deck, it was a wrap around deck and it was huge!! My husband stepped it off and figured there to be approx, 48 lineal ft of railing!
Our first 2 days were at sea and that gave everyone plenty of time to explore the ship and relax. Our first port of call was Grand Turk where we had booked the early Dune Buggy excursion. We all had agreed to do the Dune Buggy excursion early so we could enjoy the Margarita Ville Cruise Facility later. The Dune Buggy excursion was a lot of fun, especially since it was not muddy! Although the island had been hit by hurricane Ike we could definitely see the potential. After the Dune Buggies, we went to Margarita Ville and had a few drinks and good fun, then back to the ship as it was sailing at 2. This worked out great for us as we had a reservation for the Pinnacle at 5:45 (the only time we could get). Our dinner at the Pinnacle was fabulous, the food was all done to perfection and the staff were very attentive.
Our second port of call was Tortola where we had booked a beach excursion to the island of Jost Van Dyke. The boat ride over was very scenic but they had a little trouble getting all of us on shore. The boat that took us over usually met up with another smaller boat that would bring everyone to shore but on this day the smaller boat had to be somewhere else. After approx. 20 - 30 minutes of turning, backing up etc. the skipper of the smaller boat decided that it would be in his best interest to not leave for his other destination and stay and help get all of us on shore. There was a HAL rep there later in the afternoon and I'm sure this problem will be rectified in the future. We enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon sitting on the beach at the Soggy Dollar bar where we had lunch and a few drinks - wonderful!! When we got back to the ship we were so relaxed that we didn't feel like walking around town, so sorry to say we didn't see much of Tortola (next time)
Third port of call was St Thomas where we had been twice already. We went shopping for about an hour and then got a taxi to Magen's Beach - beautiful!! Spent another relaxing afternoon on the beach! We had assigned late seating but with 6 people in the group and so much to do and see sometimes there would be 4 of us or none of us or 2 of us, or all of us. One night we didn't feel like getting "dressed" again so we went to the Lido. We really liked this because you could get as much or as little as you wanted, all in a casual atmosphere. One night we went to the Northern Lights Nightclub. They had "dancing through the decades" which was a lot of fun for all generations. The casino was right next door so that was our next stop. The staff there were very friendly and helpful, especially when it came to helping passengers with the new "card system" which we thought worked very well. I have to say that every time we came back to our room, our room steward had sneaked in and cleaned or turned down our room. He did a fantastic job! When we had a question or a need I would leave a post it note on the mirror and he always provided.
Our last stop was the beautiful Half Moon Cay. Here again we enjoyed another day at the beach. We had a fantastic lunch right on the island and the "boys" went parasailing, which they thought was a blast! Our cruise was over way too soon, as always, I don't think I will ever get tired of being treated like royalty. Like I said earlier, we were a little concerned before the cruise but let me put any of your concerns to rest, the staff were very friendly and hardworking, a wonderful group of people on a beautiful ship!!