Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Eurodam Cruise Review by sunshine72777: First Time With HAL


sunshine72777
2 Reviews
Member Since 2005
17 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 4.0

Compare Prices on Eurodam Eastern Caribbean Cruises

First Time With HAL

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We were a group of 4. Myself & DH and another couple who booked the cabin next door to us. Since I'm the CC member in the group, this review sums up all of our experiences.

SHIP OVERALL Overall it's a beautiful ship. It's laid out nicely and it feels spacious inside. We loved the mid-ship glass elevators - - really neat. We also found the ships decor & art very appealing. We did not, however, enjoy the movement of the ship. Even with the stabilizers, this ship gets rocked around quite a bit. Make sure to bring your sea sickness remedy of choice.

CABINS We booked inside cabins right next to each other. Ours was 4175 & theirs was 4169. The cabins we purposely chose (to keep within our budget) were the smallest of the inside type and to be honest, it wasn't terrible. It was tight but not terrible. We had enough space to unpack all of our clothes, bathroom necessities, and to store our suitcases under the bed.

EMBARKATION Embarkation was a breeze. More Except for one of us, we had all cruised before with either Royal Caribbean or Carnival and found HAL's embarkation process the smoothest hands down.

FOOD The dining room was really hit or miss. The first formal night it wasn't great; both in terms of service & quality. It seems like HAL is still working out the kinks in its As You Wish Dining experience which is what we chose. For non-formal affairs, we didn't have a problem, the service was good & the food delicious. The Lido restaurant really does feel like a restaurant which is nice change from the cafeteria feel on most other lines. The selection & quality on Lido were very good. The pizza station is a nice touch and a great place for a late night snack. The Pinnacle Grill & Tamarind were both excellent. Very, very good dining experiences at both. In cabin dining was a nice treat and we request breakfast in cabin on 2 days prior to our early shore excursions. Our breakfast orders never were right but at least instead of leaving things off, we got extra stuff which was just fine with us.

ENTERTAINMENT The shows on HAL were okay. I wasn't thrilled with them and to be honest, they could use a little beefing up. The comedienne, Julie Barr, was excellent. During the day there were usually several activities we each found interesting such as the wine tasting, art auctions, cooking classes, computer classes, trivia games, etc. but at night the ship simply rolls up the sidewalk. While we're not hardy partiers it would have been nice to have a trivia game, a walking tour of the ships fabulous art, or even bingo offered in the evening. By far, this was our biggest disappointment with HAL - not enough evening activities. Even the pool areas turned off their lights and shut down once it became dark regardless of the fact that the actual pools themselves didn't close till 10pm.

SPA I booked a special on the last sea day and found the spa both good and bad. The dressing/locker room was beautiful. Great big windows looking out to the sea, lots of natural light everywhere. What a nice change from the typical windowless locker room. The massage beds, however, did not feature typical land based linens & instead was covered with terry cloth towels both beneath & on top of you. HAL's spa bedding desperately needs a face-lift. The massage rooms featured the same big windows and vast peaceful seascape as the locker room. The actual services themselves were comparable to land service right down to the pushiness of the estheticians selling product. Had the linens been traditional land based linens, I would have felt I had gotten my moneys worth.

SERVICE The service on the ship is very efficient. The crew know their jobs and perform them well. However, when unusual things came up, staff were sometimes flustered and occasionally took a "not my job" attitude which was rather off putting. Only if the voyage continued at status quo, did the service remain excellent. Less


Read more Eurodam cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Eurodam Review >>

Cabin review: Eurodam Standard Upper Promenade 4175

Cabin MM4175. The smallest of the inside cabins. Rooms contains queen bed with 2 nightstands with goose neck lamps for reading; a vanity with a cube stool with storage space within, on vanity desk top a light up make up mirror, ice bucket & glasses; within vanity storage a mini fridge & hair dryer; mounted flat screen TV & DVD player; small table & chair at foot of the bed; 3 closets with space for hanging or shelves containing a small safe, laundry bag for sending out, shoe cleaning bag for sending out, & mounted full length mirror; bathroom with step up contains small triangle shower with basket for necessities & hand held shower head, sink with good amount of counter space, 3 small shelves by bathroom mirror for necessities, & a good sized open shelf under sink for storage. At the very aft of the ship. Quiet but hot.

Port and Shore Excursions


Our last stop was Half Moon Cay but since that wasn't listed as a choice, I selected Freeport. HMC was terrific !! We booked the Yellow #12 Cabana and thoroughly enjoyed it. At the last minute, I upgraded us to include the Butler Service and boy was that ever a treat. Parman, our Butler, arrived at our cabin precisely on time. He carried our bags to the tender and rode with us to HMC. He helped us get checked in & rode with us to our cabana. He put out the fruit & chips & dip. DH & I went off for our Stingray Adventure. Well worth the $$ for that shore excursion. Only with the Stingray Adventure had lasted longer. Afterwords, we met up with our traveling friends & had lunch in the cabana. Lunch was a fruit dish, gazpacho soup, a lobster salad roll, choice of entree, and choice of dessert. 3 of us got the cajun steak which was very good and last person got the chicken which was equally as good. 2 of us got the chocolate cake & 2 of us got the drunken whale - all of desserts were very good. aside from the fruit, the appetizers were simply okay, nothing to rave about. Butler service also included all our drinks from the bar which was wonderful. The best things about having a cabana were the shower on the deck, the super comfy lounge chairs, having a place to store all our stuff, not having to be accountable for towels (4 are provided for you), and having shade but still being able to catch the breeze. The beach at HMC is phenomenal - definitely the best I have ever visited - soft powdery sand, very few rocks/shells at the break point, clear turquoise water, big rolling waves. Should we return to HMC, I will definitely rent another cabana.

Read 771 Freeport Reviews

Grand Turk was very disappointing. The island is very poor and very third world. The area directly surrounding the cruise terminal is built up and nice but it's the creme de la creme of the island. The water excursions at this island were quite good. Overall, our group agreed we would not want to visit Grand Turk again.


San Juan is a beautiful city. It has a wonderful flavor all its own. We booked the evening Latin Traditions Show which featured Juan Carlos the guitarist and 2 dancers. It was amazing !! During the day we shopped and grabbed lunch at a little cafe. If have the time to dine at The Parrot Club, I highly recommend.

Read 1353 San Juan Reviews

St. Thomas was more appealing to us this trip than it had been in the past. We enjoyed a day of shopping and DH & I got lunch at Hooters. The taxi services can be a bit pushy but at least they are plentiful. St. Thomas really is an island perfect for cruising. Highly recommend.

Read 2318 St. Thomas Reviews

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.