Eurodam Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Eurodam Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.2
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.4
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    2.9
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.8
    4.0
  • Service
    4.4
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.1
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Eurodam?
  • Pro: Exceptional dining and entertainment options
  • Con: Up-selling in spa and shops can feel a bit excessive
  • Bottom Line: Traditional ship with fresh, modern touches

Eurodam Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

Holland America Line may be one of cruising's most venerable lines, but Eurodam, which debuted in July 2008, continues HAL's more recent tradition of offering an onboard ambience that blends elements from past and present. The ship's elegant art collection, its superbly trained crewmembers -- who hail mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia -- and courtly evening entertainment, from a nightly piano-violin ensemble playing classics to cheek-to-cheek dancing, all connect passengers to Holland America's stately heritage.

And yet, additions to Eurodam -- such as Tamarind, Holland America's first Asian restaurant; the Silk Den lounge, designed as a swanky homage to a Hong Kong hipster's club; a rockin' Memphis-and-Motown band in the BB King Blues Club; and Explorations, a gathering place that mixes together a library, coffee bar, Internet cafe, Crow's Nest lounge and card room -- point to a more contemporary vibe.

The progress that Eurodam represents for Holland America is relatively gentle. It's an evolution, rather than a revolution, to be sure. Still, certain changes point more to the line's future than its past. Eurodam is the first built-for-Holland America ship in the fleet to be designed without a tennis court, for instance. That space went a long way to making room for a combination basketball/dodgeball court, Silk Den and the adjacent Tamarind. The new Canaletto, a family-style Italian restaurant, has few of the usual dining formalities. If the private, fee-extra cabana areas around and above the main pool remind me more of a sleek South Beach resort than a cruise ship, well that's progress, right?

I think so. Holland America, long a line catering more to mature travelers than active ones, has been on a journey to broaden its appeal without alienating its more traditional fans. On Eurodam, the mix works.

Eurodam Fellow Passengers

Your fellow passengers on Eurodam will vary, depending on the ship's itinerary. On our Baltic cruise, fully half the passengers were Americans, while the bulk of the rest were Australians, Canadians and Western Europeans. On a Caribbean cruise, you'll find even more North Americans.

In most cases, Eurodam cruisers were well-traveled and typically more mature -- in the 50-plus demographic. Families were amply represented, with about 13 percent of passengers on the Baltic cruise younger than 18 years, but this did not overpower the experience. The family contingent is largest during the traditional American school holiday periods.

Eurodam Dress Code

On Holland America, formal nights are still considered to be quite formal. Occurring twice on a seven-night cruise (and more often on longer voyages), passengers really do dress to the nines; many men wear tuxedos or dark suits, and women wear long gowns or elegant pants ensembles. The rest of the time, the ambience is resort casual -- day and night. Very informal gear, such as jeans and shorts, is appropriate for outer decks but not so much for restaurants.

Eurodam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $12.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $13.50 per person, per day.

Next:  Eurodam Cabins

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

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shcurl
Member Since 2017
1 review
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Sailed three weeks ago
It had been about 7 years since we first sailed on the Eurodam, and based on the first experience, we were looking forward to returning. We were not disappointed! We usually sail with HAL, but the last ship we sailed, Nieuw Amsterdam, ... Read more
Luv2travlX2
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
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Sailed four weeks ago
Although this was our 6th cruise, it was our first on Holland America. We did the 7-day Western Caribbean trip. We knew that Holland America caters to an older crowd but since we're in our 60's, we certainly fit right in. There were a few ... Read more
Utah Slim
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
45 forum posts
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Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise (a) to break up the winter for 2 weeks; (b) because we know what we're getting, with HAL; (c) we had sailed Eurodam twice previously, and had been extremely pleased. The Eurodam positively gleamed. I read on ... Read more
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