Eurodam Cruise Review by RovinBee: Eurodam- Eastern Caribbean
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I chose the Eurodam for our honeymoon cruise mostly because it would have the least number of guests and crew out there and I wanted quiet, calm and personal for us. I chose right! The Eurodam had everything we wanted and almost nothing we didn't for a romantic time together. As a couple who's never had but one overnight alone away from home together, this was absolutely the perfect ship.
Eurodam is clean, attractive and highly organized. The crew are polite, responsive and not at all pushy or pandering. I give this ship 5 stars for overall service and accommodation. We chose a port side Deck 5 Veranda cabin which gave us views of every island coming in but also leaving so we were doubly spoiled with gorgeous views. Our shower always had instant hot water and good pressure, there were no leaks, our room smelled fresh and the provided toiletries by Elemis Aromapure were awesome! The only peccadillo we had was not having body lotion provided.
We visited the More Greehouse Spa for massages which I'm glad I didn't book ahead of boarding because each day specials would run at better and better prices and there was no problem getting a walk-in appointment. As for the open pools and spas on board, that was puzzling to us. One end of the ship has a gorgeous large pool with large hot tub along with smaller ones and an impressive sheet waterfall feature. This pool is lined with covered cabanas that have really nice banquets in them and we assumed this was the adult only area- nope. The adult only pools and spas have no shaded cabanas or banquets and have the smaller pool and two small hot tubs. We would have liked to pay more to enjoy the cabanas for an afternoon at sea and take advantage of the excellent wait staff but not with peoples howling kids running in and out. Eurodam, please switch the set up!
Restaurants on board were all attractive and comfortable but not all delivered as expected. Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind are two you will pay an extra charge for and so expect a 4-5 star dining experience. Pinnacle Grill let us down not only by not offering a surf&turf entree but the two times we gave it a go, there were long lags between seating and courses. Tamarind on the other hand gets my vote for the best value and also best food on board. The Tamarind staff are exemplary in their timing and delivery, the food is excellent and the menu is set up to where you sample so many of the offerings, you never feel like you missed anything. The Tamarind also offered complimentary lunch each day which was dim sum, my favorite. We did eat one night at Caneletto, a complimentary italian menu which offered seating in the Lido area. You get the Lido atmosphere but a tasty menu. The Lido buffet never let us down, especially when we were able to take fruit and cheese plates to our room for dessert or late night snacking. My suggestion is to walk slowly along both sides and in between the stations in order to take it all in because it's overwhelming and always something new. We'll skip room service food next time. No problems at all with the service but it was the food that lacked- best to go to the Lido and get hot food. Same with the Rembrandt Dining Room, the breakfast was terrible, not at all on par with the Lido offerings.
What else about the ship? Oh yeah, find out ahead of time where the photographers will be and at what times so you can get some photos! They make a lot of fuss for posing but aren't as adept with the shutter, ask them to make sure your eyes are open, your tie is straight and your hair fixed before pressing the button. In the photo gallery, the pics are put up for everyone on board to look at and handle so they are full of fingerprints, crimped edges and whatnot- you're expected to pay at least $30.00 for EACH of these. My suggestion is to take your daily bundle and ask the photo desk to collect them in an envelope for you to choose from at the end of your cruise so they'll be less beat up and the chances of them being lost behind other people's pics is less.
We're going back on the Eurodam in 2012 but we're going better prepared! Less
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Cabin review: Eurodam Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Verandah
Deck 5, port side, Veranda. Our cabin was just right, nothing extra we didn't need and all space maximized to be comfortable. We really appreciated having plenty of hangers and closet space with adjustable shelves. Having wall mounted pumps in the shower for shampoo, conditioner and body soap were awesome, no awkward rolling around sample sized bottles, no spills, no running out. Lotion though, Eurodam, we needed some Elemis Aromapure lotion mounted in a squeeze pump beside the sink.