This is our 20th cruise and our 2nd cruise on the Eurodam with Holland America. We have cruised with RCCL, Celebrity, Carnival and Princess in the past.
We love Holland! They give you a lot of little extras that we really appreciate. More on that later.
We started our cruise the night before in Hollywood, Florida by staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. We wanted to try something different and since we love music we decided to give it a try. Wow! The place is great! We used Elegant Limos (954) 726-6226 from the Ft Lauderdale airport to the hotel. Contact Ed or Jonathan. They are both great drivers and the price is around 42.00. Worth the little extra so you don't have to use a cab service. The drive is a short pleasant 15 minutes from the airport. We arrived late around 11:00PM. The drive up to the front of the hotel is very impressive with the lights and water fountains. It looks just like Las Vegas. The hotel service is top notch and the rooms are very up to date and trendy in dÃ©cor. There has to be at least 20 restaurants on the property ranging from the Blue Plate 24 Hour, Bongos (Cuban), Johnny Rockets, etc. You will enjoy the nightlife and there is something for everyone. The swimming pool is the finest we have ever seen. Better than most 5 star hotels. Enough on that.
The Holland staff has it all together. We arrived at the pier (via Elegant Limos) at around 1:00 and were on the ship and in our cabin at 1:15. As we entered the lobby on deck three we were greeted by the crew welcoming us aboard. Once we got to our cabin we received a phone call from the front desk welcoming us back to Holland! Talk about making us feel great! We were off to the Lido deck (deck 9) for some lunch which was great and then at 5:30 the staff cooked steaks for all of us out by the pool on B-BQ's. This is a really nice touch. Service was with a smile- always. The crew are mostly from Indonesia and are the most pleasant people you could ever want to meet.
Service on the Eurodam- We give 5 Stars....
Our stateroom was a balcony on deck 5 forward and was very well maintained. Thanks to Heru and Joko our room stewards for a wonderful week. They worked so hard for us and always remembered our names. Towel animal creations greeted us every night before retiring for the night. The beds are very comfortable with different hardness of pillows to choose from. All of us had bathrobes to use as well.
Food was the best. We all agree that they top RCCL and Carnival is this category.
You must try the alternative restaurants, Tamarind and Pinnacle Grill. They are both worth the extra charge. If you go to Tamarind, try the Tempura Shrimp! The steaks in Pinnacle grill are the best. Service in both are 5 star. Thanks to Jon Bramesta (Pinnacle) for a great evening. His service is wonderful.
The little extras on Holland that we appreciate are as follows;
1) the ice cream and waffle cones are wonderful at no extra charge.
2) The fresh squeezed Orange Juice at no extra charge
3) Free popcorn in the movie theatre
4) The Belgium Waffles to die for!
5) Padded deck chairs
The ship is beautiful in all ways and the staff is the best you will ever find.
If a relaxing vacation is what you want then try the Holland Eurodam