Eurodam Cruise Review by horizonpair: Cruise for itinerary
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Prior cruises have been on 700+ passenger ships. This was a second try at HAL for me and a fifth for my partner (going back to the "student" ships of the '50's) Overall a great itinerary and and a fabulous captain who provided smooth seas, great information on what to expect and unexpected sites and views that included including local communities in our adventure.
On the other side, never again on a ship this size. The feeling on board is stilted and unfriendly compared to the smaller ships. The cabin for some reason had a foldout bed couch instead of a normal couch and chair. The couch was so deep no one short of 6'6" could sit on it without three deep pillows. I checked the Eurodam deck plans, and about two/thirds of the veranda cabins are configured this way. Because of the space taken up by this "couch," there is no room for a chair. If you want to spend any time relaxing in your room, avoid these rooms.
Food was fine. We actually ate most of the time in the More cafeteria ("Lido") for all meals, since it took so long in the main dining room for food that was really no better and a menu that was more restrictive. We tried Tamarind for lunch and dinner (premium price) and were not impressed. The same for Canalletto (no premium charged), which we tried twice.
Staff and service were comparable to other lines. Note that there is no self-service laundry. So come prepared to pay for laundry, or with do-it-yourself supplies.
The Library is combined with the computer area and doesn't provide a comfortable reading area. We couldn't find a comfortable, quiet reading spot anywhere on the ship.
Charging for coffee or tea in the lounge is a bit much.
Entertainment is noticeably more professional and varied than on a small ship. Shows were Vegas glitz sort of. One delightful pianist was like a Russian Victor Borge. The piano bar was all about the singer. Mostly, it was much too high volume, with forced electronic sound. We gravited towards a bar with a great jazz trio.
Overall if you can enjoy a ship this size than it probably as good as its competition. Less
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