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Eurodam Cruise Review by RovinBee: Eastern Caribbean Honeymoon- Eurodam


RovinBee
4 Reviews
Member Since 2011
3 Posts

Member Rating

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

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Eastern Caribbean Honeymoon- Eurodam

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

My new husband once took a different cruise line and says the level of service and attention to detail on HAL is what he expects cruising should be. This was my first cruise but coming from a background of service, I had high expectations. The staff of the Eurodam are excellent, we felt pampered but never pandered.

Research all you can ahead of time if you aren't familiar with the Eurodam because there's a lot to see be overwhelmed by. Photos are taken by HAL photographers and later offered for sale. They will take a picture as you first board, at the two formal nights, as you disembark at ports of call and even on some of the private island excursions. We wish we'd known this in order to be better prepared, we'd have a lot more gorgeous honeymoon pics. The Lido food is great but overwhelming at first sight so walk the line slowly on both sides and in between so you don't miss hidden gems like the better cheese varieties.

On the subject of onboard food, we More didn't find the need to have pre booked dinners for Pinnacle Grill or Tamarind, we ended up switching reservations around with no problem. We discovered Caneletto and the Rembrandt Dining Room have wonderful dinner menus to rival the paid restaurants but you have to check each day to see the offerings. Tamarind was our shining star for staff service, food quality, variety and presentation. Many thanks, we're coming back! Food ashore is best if you ask locals for specific dishes you are craving and how to find it. There were places we asked for things not on the menus like fried plantain and calamari which were nicely accommodated.

When it's suggested you pre book particular excursions, do it. We pre booked several months before sailing and were glad of it since once on board we saw many "Sold Out" on the daily itineraries. Our excursions were a hit and miss but again, research well for what you want. We're not shoppers so a lot was lost on us at stops like Grand Turk and St. Thomas. Also, our cruise was the last week of Nov., beginning of Dec. and Half Moon Cay's gorgeous waters were too cold for us to swim or snorkel so next time we'll book boat/land adventures here instead.

What would we change about our Eurodam cruise? Only a few things :) We'd take the wonderful crew ashore with us at each port of call. We'd like to see body lotion among the room amenities and we'd like to see the large pool with outstanding waterwall feature, comfy chic cabanas and direct access to the Greenhouse Spa be the adult only area. Sadly, the adult only area had no cabanas, a half size pool and small hot tubs. Why do children need to be next to the Greenhouse Spa? Do they pay for luxuriating treatments and private cabanas with shaded cocktail and lunch service? Lastly, we'd change that HAL docks into St. Thomas so far out of downtown. In order to get to our excursions, we had to taxi or shuttle through the downtown traffic and so had less time on the island and on particular far-from-inexpensive excursions than competitor liner guests who's ships were docked beyond downtown. Less


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Cabin review: Eurodam Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Verandah

Our cabin was a VE Veranda on Deck 5 of the Eurodam, ports side and mid-ship. It was perfect in having everything we needed and nothing we didn't. The balcony was just big enough for us to sit, stretch out, enjoy snacks and take in the views. Inside we had plenty of closets space with adjustable shelving and plenty of hangers. There was no noise other than the a/c. We loved our room enough to book it for our future cruise.

Port and Shore Excursions

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Skip the cruise center unless you like outlet shopping. There is no food worth paying for unless you walk down the frontage beach and have an hour to wait for friend conch meat snacks or jerk chicken. They serve Red Stripe beer at this shack, good stuff. Our Dune Buggy ride was fun, the guides are great but the island isn't much to see. We'd have hit our mark if we'd taken advantage of the gorgeous waters instead by hailing a taxi directly to Governor's Beach. This is the island to sunbathe, swim and book the water sports.
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Our ship was docked far outside of downtown so we spent a lot of time in traffic instead of enjoying the island. We were envious of the other cruise ships docked beyond the traffic because on our excursion, we were the last guests to put anchor at St. John island and the farthest from the prime snorkeling spot. If you like champagne then don't pay extra for the champagne boat ride to St. John. It doesn't sail but rather powers in and out of St. John. The champagne served is probably not what you'd expect to have paid for. The beach at St. John was gorgeous and the water very nice for swimming though not a lot to see snorkeling. Next cruise, we'll water taxi over with our own packed lunch so we can enjoy the beach.
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This give you a great lookout of the island and harbor but it's a bit pricey for what it is.
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I'm glad we had the most shore hours here but there's so much to see and still not time enough. Traffic is bad so if you book a trip to the rain forest or Bio Luminescent Bay, much of your time will be in transit rather than enjoying the excursions. We'd give up a stop at another port if we could have more time in San Juan! If you want to tour the forts during a weekday, order information pamphlets ahead of sail so you can give yourself a thorough walking tour, we were told guides work weekends.
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