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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

Editor Rating
4.5

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.

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Eurodam Member Reviews

Great service carefree@sea
01/17
This was our 8 cruise, second on HAL.. We have been on most of the mainstream cruise line, but did notice that Holland America (Eurodam) is a step or two above the mainstream cruise line. Well done! We are in our mid 50's and were treated with ... Read more
01/17
Both embarkation and disembarkation were problem free and fast. Having sailed the Eurodam on a Baltic cruise in 2013 they changed some areas of the ship during a recent refurbishment. Specifically, the billboard bar with dueling pianos and singers ... Read more
Very enjoyable cruise OceanTraveller4ever
01/17
The ship is in very good shape, and looks beautiful. The design is augmented from the HAL Vista class, but it retains all the charm, and does not feel crowded. The changes such as the Lincoln Center stage with four piece chamber orchestra, and ... Read more
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Eurodam Ratings

Editor Rating 4.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.2
Public Rooms
5.0
4.4
Cabins
4.0
4.3
Entertainment
5.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
4.0
4.0
Family & Children
3.0
2.9
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.8
Enrichment
4.0
3.8
Service
5.0
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.1

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Ship Stats
Crew:
782
Launched:
June 2008
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
86,000
Passengers:
2,104
Registry:
Netherlands
CDC Score:
100
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