We sailed on the Eurodam this past March with our youngest son to celebrate his last college break before he would start grad school. We decided to go on HAL and see their new ship the Eurodam. We have sailed on 9 HAL cruises over the years. We have always enjoyed their service and their elegant approach to cruising. If you want to climb a rock wall or ice skate at sea HAL is not your cruise line. While my wife and I consider ourselves an active couple we still very much enjoy a traditional cruise experience.
Why the title of the review? We were schedule to sail out of Ft. Lauderdale on February 27th but almost did not make it. One of those big winter storms hit on the 26th and closed most of the airports in the Northeast. We were scheduled to fly on the 27th from Newark to Lauderdale. With assistance from Continental and a whole lot of luck instead we drove to Philadelphia took a flight to Houston overnight ed then got a flight to Florida Saturday morning. We did make the ship on time and had a great time.
Embarkation This seems where HAL really shines never a problem or delay on getting on board. Within minutes we were in the Neptune Lounge relaxing and almost not believing we made the cruise after the challenges the weather gave us.
Stateroom The Deluxe Veranda Suites are spacious and nicely decorated, we like the decor in the Eurodam compared to its sister ships. Our cabin steward was fantastic, never intrusive, yet always seeming to be there when you needed something another huge plus for HAL and their cruise experience
Ports The only new port was Turk and Caicos, you can see that it was being developed as an alternative to Nassau. While there is not as much to do there, we decided to just kick back and stay at Margaritaville to totally relax and enjoy. The other ports San Juan, St Thomas and Half Moon Cay were terrific as usual.
Food Very good, no problems and enjoyed the addition of Tamarind, the Pan Asian restaurant. Some people don't think it is worth the surcharge, I thought it was fine. If you are not used to this type of food, you can try it for lunch (no surcharge) to see if you like it. Main dining room and Pinnacle was very good. Of the 9 HAL cruises, I thought this has the best dining and quality of food.
Disembarkation No problems left when we wanted to leave for the airport grabbed a cab and another fantastic cruise was over.
We probably enjoyed this cruise more than a number of other ones but that is probably due to the extreme weather and what we had to do to make it to the ship.
Now on to planning our next HAL cruise