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Eurodam Cruise Review by lv2cruse: Eurodam


lv2cruse
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Member Since 2011
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Cabin 5.5
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Eurodam

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

We took the cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and traveled with Holland America for the first time on a neighbors advise. The experience was great. This is an older ship with an older crowd which is just what we wanted for this special day. First of all, leaving from the ft. lauderdale pier is by far the easiest way to cruise. Park and Go which is around the corner was terrific to leave your car and get to the ship. Booking on line saved a bundle. Highly recommend that if you are driving to ship. We got there at around 1 so as to avoid the crowds. We were signed in and on board in maybe less than 20 minutes. Can't beat that!

OUr cabin was ready for us and our luggage was delivered within a half hour of boarding. Although the cabin was on the old side, it was very clean and we had a plexiglass terrace which included 2 nice chairs with cushions, a foot stool and small table. We had a great unobstructed view. The only thing that could have been better is if the top of the More lifeboats, which were below the balcony, were cleaned on top. There was standing dirty water, ping pong balls and debris on top. This was the first time we had a balcony and don't know if I would book without one now. Our only problem was with our right side neighbor who didn't know how to secure the partition between them and their cruise buddies on the other side of them, so when we had some wind, the door clanked and clanked! We called the front desk and they had someone up to correct the problem within the hour. The ship is very quiet if you are in the cabin and want to nap. Cabin temperature was perfect and they included 2 robes which were very comfortable. There was plenty of closet space with hangers, but could have used more drawers. There is a nice flat screen TV and vanity which included a pretty good hairdryer. The bathroom had a bathtub and a shower which was nice and roomy and had great pressure and hot water. The bed was extremely roomy and comfortable. The pillows were even comfortable.

Now about the food.... We have been on a number of cruises and cruise lines and the food on the Eurodam was just ok. You got small portions(but just enough so you didn't over eat) but you could have gotten more of anything you wanted. We had a table for 2, but the table was in front of the waiters station which was a pain, so be careful booking your table for 2. I am a dessert person, and I can say there was only one night that I actually ate the whole thing. Other nights I just tasted it and moved on. We didn't go to the last nights festivities where the waiters put on a show and they serve baked alaska, so can't comment on that. The lido deck food was probably better if you don't care about fancy linens. They had a great breakfast buffet including an eggs benedict station that offered 7 different types. Highly recommended. Never went to any of the shows either, but heard from some of the other cruisers that they were ok. On deck there were always plenty of chairs, loungers and towels. And you didn't need to leave your cabin room to get the towels. you could take as many as needed.

The other great point for Holland cruises is that you can bring on your own liquor and wine. You are not held hostage to the bar tabs. They had wine glasses in the room for your use. We were also able to bring wine back from the ports without having to surrender them until the end of the trip. If you bring your wine to your table at dinner, there is still an uncorking fee, so we had a cocktail in our cabin before we went to dinner. We had the 8 pm seating.

The ports were ok, but they are the same for all cruise lines. They were clean and getting on and off the ship including when you had to use the tenders, was a breeze. Their private island Half moon cay was one of the best we have been to.

So overall, I would def consider another Holland America cruise! Hope this helped! Less


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Cabin review: Eurodam Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Upper Promenade 5123

Our cabin was number 5123.OUr cabin was ready for us and our luggage was delivered within a half hour of boarding. Although the cabin was on the old side, it was very clean and we had a plexiglass terrace which included 2 nice chairs with cushions, a foot stool and small table. We had a great unobstructed view. The only thing that could have been better is if the top of the lifeboats, which were below the balcony, were cleaned on top. There was standing dirty water, ping pong balls and debris on top. This was the first time we had a balcony and don't know if I would book without one now. Our only problem was with our right side neighbor who didn't know how to secure the partition between them and their cruise buddies on the other side of them, so when we had some wind, the door clanked and clanked! We called the front desk and they had someone up to correct the problem within the hour. The ship is very quiet if you are in the cabin and want to nap. Cabin temperature was perfect and they included 2 robes which were very comfortable. There was plenty of closet space with hangers, but could have used more drawers. There is a nice flat screen TV and vanity which included a pretty good hairdryer. The bathroom had a bathtub and a shower which was nice and roomy and had great pressure and hot water. Not too much room for your stuff on the vanity, but had some small shelves and a place underneath the sink you could put a few thing. The bed was extremely roomy and comfortable. The pillows were even comfortable.

Port and Shore Excursions


San Juan was good. Not much to do if you didn't take one of the excursions. We decided to walk the wall to the forts which were about a mile, mile and a half walk. Beautiful views and unbelievably kept. The grounds were beautiful and it was actually a beautiful walk. The forts themselves were basically the same if you didn't want to walk to both of them, I would recommend going to the Moro Castle instead of the San Cristobal. The San Cristobal did have a 6 pm movie to show, but we didn't stay for it. The walk between them was uneventful and clean. Def wear sneakers and bring water. There are lots of hills but nothing crazy. They do have restrooms at the Moro Castle if needed. Didn't notice any at the other one. We were in port until 11 pm and it was beautifully lit up at night including the castles. When we pulled out you go right past them
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This was my 3rd trip to St. Thomas so I knew what to expect. We took one of the truck taxis to explore the island, but turned out the only exploring we did was going to almost every t shirt place and bar there was along the way. But we did stop and see some beautiful points on the island. We ended at the top of the mountain and Megans bay. Last time I had visited, the "greatest banana daiquiri in the world bar was the only thing overlooking the bay. It was beautiful and had the best daiquiris with the banana trees right there for the picking. When we got there this trip however, we found that the place had burned down in 2009 and rebuilt as a huge souvenir and t shirt shop with the bar modernized without the beautiful view. You did have a big landing to go out to and view the bay. They even had the binocular stands you have on the empire state building! lol So for anyone who hasn't visited here before, you won't know the difference and will enjoy the whole package. For those that have been here before, you will be disappointed. The ride was $25 a person and you did cover alot of ground. If you don't like roller coasters, stay off the roads! lol They are so windy and steep that sometimes I thought i was going to fall forward out of my seat! But they are completely safe to be in and very well maintained. If you wanted to go to the beach, or shop, the driver was very accommodating . He would drop you off and come back later on to pick you up. He did want his money before you left, but he did indeed come back for you.
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