“Relax and Enjoy The Warmth in January”
Cruise review of Holland America Eurodam

Never_tomorrow Eurodam 5 Relax and Enjoy The Warmth in January
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Our cruise on the Eurodam was great. It provided us with relaxation we needed, the warmth of the January air not available at home, and delicious food and service. Everything aboard ship was top-notch. Sightseeing tours in Grand Turk and San Juan were no more than average. In fact, the city tour in San Juan reminded me of a Seinfeld episode in which Kramer gave a bus tour of NYC. Our guide pointed out the local Walgreens and Chili's Restaurant, but nothing about sites like old San Juan (where we had a quick stop) or why there was a statue of Christopher Columbus located there. The Grand Turk tour was poorly done. There were more tourists than they could handle on their buses so we were jammed into an old VW (?) van (back seat) and could not hear a word the driver said. Other tourists would try and relay what the driver was saying to those of us in the back portion of the van. Also, had to enter and exit via the back hatch of the van. Ended up with a large greasy spot on the back of my shirt from grease on hatch frame. Stopped at a beach for less than one minute and 10 minutes at the lighthouse (no info offered on lighthouse). Tour in St. Thomas was great... be sure to go to the Greathouse. Time on Half Moon Cay was outstanding, especially the glass bottom boat excursion, bar-b-que, and beach... great tour guide on glass bottom boat tour (Aretha was her name). During the first night on ship, there were banging noises in the ceiling of our cabin and one of the lights kept flicking off and on. As soon as we reported the problems the next morning, the problems were fixed and we were given a bottle of wine because of lost sleep.

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Cabin review: Neptune Suite with Verandah

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Our deluxe veranda stateroom was great, comfortable, and well maintained by our stewards. We have stayed in the deluxe verandas before on HAL and have always had great accommodations and support from the staff. Other than the noisy ceiling on the first night, the room was quiet and convenient to everything we were interested in. The concierge (sp?) staff was outstanding. These SA staterooms are well worth the extra cost. Also, the use of the Neptune Lounge really makes the cruise a special treat.

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Island tour of Grand Turk was poorly done and not worth the cost... or time. We were jammed into a small van, entering via the back hatch. Could not hear the driver... info was relayed to us from the tourists up front. Since we couldn't hear the driver, we didn't know what we were seeing. Island, outside of Old Town section, is still recovering from the 2008 hurricane and probably shouldn't be part of a tour that costs more than a few dollars.

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We actually were on Half Moon Cay, HAL's private island. It was great. We took the glass bottom boat excursion and Aretha, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Showed us where top look and explained what were seeing. Also, handed around real live samples of some of the things were were viewing in the water. The bar-b-que was also yummy, offering many choices. The beach is fantastic. Also, the weather was great. The HAL staff made this day really enjoyable.

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City tour was much like a Seinfeld episode in which Kramer gave a bus tour of NYC. Our guide pointed out Walgreen Pharmacy, Chili's Restaurant, and the like. Said next to nothing about historic sites. Could have been a great tour with the right tour guide. Unfortunately, our guide was not the "great" one.

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Great tour and great place to visit. We took the Island tour to the Greathouse. Gave us wonderful scenic views of the entire island. Just what we were looking for and had excellent and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend this tour. Didn't hurt that the weather was great!

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Published 01/16/10
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