“Eurodam and the Baltics”
Cruise review of Holland America Eurodam

Rabarro Eurodam 5 Eurodam and the Baltics
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We are admittedly HAL fans having cruised on several other lines and found them lacking. But this review, really, is about cruising in a deluxe veranda suite. The room category can affect one's attitude and experience of a cruise. But most often the reviews are written about standard rooms or veranda rooms. When planning our cruises neither my wife nor I remember reading reviews these last few years from those who booked suites. So let me discuss the cruise from this vantage point: the guest who books the deluxe veranda suite.

Of course the room is very large (510sq ft) with a king bed, extended balcony with table and four chairs and two lounges. There is a dressing room/makeup room, bath with both tub/shower and stall shower, jacuzzi in tub. A bar, large couch, sitting chairs round out the accommodations.

Suite perks include use of the Neptune Lounge which is a private club for these guests. There are two concierges so one never has to go to the main ship office. One can book tours, order reservations, purchase or exchange currency or manage just about anything which happens during the course of the cruise right in the Neptune. There is a constant and ever changing supply of food in the lounge; many people take their breakfasts in there or in the Pinnacle Grill (another perk). There is a ground per order cappucino machine, coffee, tea, juices, fruit...a mini library, couches and so on. Laundry and shoe shining is complimentary as are special suite luncheon and suite dinner parties. Another useful perk is tender service priority. Suite guest don't need tender tickets to leave the ship but simply go down to the tender and are put on as soon as possible.

Yes, these and other perks cost extra. Perhaps a lot extra, but the cost of a deluxe suite on HAL is still much less than sailing on Crystal or Seaborne, Celebrity or the other prime liners. In my mind, HAL is a good value for the upscale traveler. We have sailed HAL in an outside double with window, deluxe veranda (double with balcony) and four times in the suites. The suites make a real difference.

Eurodam Cruises to the Baltic Sea
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Cabin review: Neptune Suite with Verandah

7051, Deluxe Veranda Suite SA category. Perfect location just outside the rear door of the Neptune. No noise, far enough from pantry room. Mid ship, one half hall from elevator. Absolutely wonderful location.

Port and Shore Excursions

No disrespect to the Warenmundians, but we dock there to get to Berlin, so can't say much about that city. Berlin is a 3 hour train to and fro. We used Hop on and Hop Off again....as said previously, the way to see a city in our opinion. Berlin has a lot of history and, surprisingly still to this day, a lot of emotion connected to it. Neither my wife nor I loved Berlin but are glad we went.

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Loved it. Booked Hop on Hop Off bus, easy access from the cruise port. A very reasonable and easy way to get an overview of the city and stop and get off as you wish. Nice port.

Another easy port, a quick bus ride from ship to center of town. And a charming town it is...well, city. Great down town shopping center, kind of Parisian in its look. A wonderful waterfront with cafes and gift kiosks and a great view. Couldn't for the life of me understand any Finnish except "Moi" means hello and "moi moi" means goodbye. Great street music too, btw. A nice city to visit.

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Well, what can you say about THE tourist stop? It is crowded with tour ships, busses, cars, humanity. And it is impossible without a guide, not to mention if you don't use a tour service you have to purchase your own expensive visa...thanks Russia...you don't make enough on tourists? The Hermitage, the churches, the rivers....there is no way to write about this stop in a paragraph any more than I could write about New York, Rome or Paris in a paragraph. It just seems that much more so because it is....well.....Russia. By the way: Tourist be warned, like the other cities mentioned PICK POCKETS galore.

The only drawback to Stockholm is that HAL chooses to dock at Nynashamn and not sailing through the archipelago if Stockholm. It is like sailing into Venice with a blindfold on. So much beauty missed. And another mindless train ride of an hour to get where you are supposed to be in the first place. To be honest they should call the port Nynashamn in the brochures and offer side trips to Stockholm, it would be more truthful. Stockholm is another great city with nice architecture, museums, a synagogue, parks. Another not to be missed port.

A gem! We've been to Split and to Dubrovnik in Croatia and thought they were charming. Tallinn out charms them all. Nice walk to town from ship, maybe 10 minutes. The walled city is just too enticing to imagine. Small streets, very clean, like Monte Carlo. Lots of crafts and small cafes like Italy or Greece. And then all that history. This is a town not to be missed. BTW, nor is the synagogue.

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Published 07/10/11
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