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 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!