We both enjoyed this cruise and have used Holland America before. Embarkation in New York was less than satisfactory and meant standing in a winding line for sometime. It was as if they weren't prepared for us.
This was the first time on the Eurodam and it was an okay ship, nothing outstanding. I think all cruise lines are cutting back a little these days as it's a competitive business. We've been used to the Crows nest being a great place to end the evening with often a guitar player but on this ship it was completely empty by 10pm probably earlier. However the BB King show in the Queens lounge was great. It was unfortunate that with the older crowd on HAL that the first show would be full but the two following shows were not very full - difficult for performers to perform for small crowds but these guys did a great job. We found the theatre entertainment good too, a nice mixture of shows, a clean comedien and magic - I'm not a big fan of magicians but this was really good.
The wait staff and cabin staff were good as always. Food selections okay though I found a couple of nights the menu didn't have a lot that appealed to me but maybe I'm just getting a bit spoiled.
We let HAL choose our balcony cabin and it was on the 4th deck near the back of the ship. (we've always picked the middle) The noise level from the engines was probably marginally heard (the day of the storm we heard them more) but it was a good room and good cabin crew.
We had three days in NY prior to boarding and had a fantastic, very busy three days. Mae our own way to the port.
We enjoy Boston - have visited before so just walked the Freedom trail
We did a private tour with another couple and had an excellent guide and lobster at a little shack just before Peggy's Cove. Prefer doing tours with smaller groups as they move around much easier
We chose to extend our time here with a further 2 nights in a hotel. A wonderful city - good climbs up the various stairs to the old town. Citadel is a must - appreciated the French history and gave me a better understanding of French Canadians.
This is a cruise port that is really making an effort to appeal to cruise passengers. A great welcome from the locals including children in costume. The ship had said there wasn't much here but we took the hop on, hop off and found it quite interesting, particularly the history of the major flooding in the 70's that my husband remembered well.