Eurodam Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Eurodam Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.2
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.5
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.1
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    2.8
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.9
    4.0
  • Service
    4.4
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.1
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Cruiser Rating
Why Choose Eurodam?
  • There are seven distinct dining options onboard
  • Offers traditional, warm Holland America service
  • Top-ship eatery Tamarind features pan-Asian cuisine

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.

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By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

729 Eurodam Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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scm1848
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
285 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Holland America consistently delivers an awesome cruising experience. We usually ate in the main dining room, although we did have dinner in the Tamarind once, plus 2 suite guests brunches, and found all of the food to be top notch. ... Read more
discerningedinburgh
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I've done 6 Celebrity cruises in the past 5 years with my husband and teenage son. The Equinox twice, The Silhouette twice, Reflection and The Century before it was de-commissioned. I've sailed on The Med, Alaska & The Baltic. I chose ... Read more
Dioz
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
72 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Fantastic cruise. Cabin was great, verandah cabin on deck 7. Cabin stewards were excellent. (Dan & Cham) Always asking if we needed anything. Food was brilliant. Ports were fantastic after the changes were made to exclude Turkey & ... Read more
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