We chose the Holland America Mediterranean Tapestries cruise mainly for the itinerary and moderate size of the ship. This was our first cruise. We stayed for two days on our own in Barcelona prior to embarkation and found it to be a very dynamic city. One could easily spend a week there. Embarkation was very smooth. The bags went straight off the taxi to a conveyor; security and printing of our stateroom cards took about 15 minutes, and then we were on. What stood out the most on the cruise was the extreme friendliness of the crew, who are mostly Indonesian or Filipino. We felt like family immediately. On our cruise in mid September, our fellow passengers were mostly adults from 40-80; a mix of many nationalities, with more British and Australian than I had anticipated. We ate dinner mostly in the main dining room. Service at our table of 6 was first class. We found the beef dishes, such as New York striploin and prime rib excellent; the seafood and desserts less so. I mainly preferred to take a cheese and fruit board than dessert. Although I had a soda card, I preferred to drink iced tea most nights with dinner, which is complimentary. I don't drink alcohol much, but our table mates did, and they were able to have their unfinished wine bottles delivered to their rooms, or could take them away after dinner if they wished. We had breakfast and a few dinners at the Lido buffet. The eggs and pastries were particularly good at all the stations, but I especially liked the frittatas at the Spanish breakfast station. The brewed coffee at breakfast was just OK. Fresh fruit was available, including rambutan which was an exotic fruit rather like a lychee which I really took to. We ate at the Tamarind once. The food and service there were outstanding, especially the lobster sushi appetizer. We were very impressed by the entertainment. For me, a fan of American R&B, the best thing on the ship was the BB King All Stars. I went to listen to them every night. Each member of the band, and both singers, Bailey Carlson and Courtney, were first rate musicians. They had a huge repertoire, not strictly blues, and I didn't hear the same song again until about 5 days into the cruise. The main stage productions were quite elaborate, with moving parts of the stage, projections on the backdrops, professional lighting, fog etc. at the level of a Broadway production. The in-house Eurodam troupe of 12 performers put on four different shows over the course of the cruise. We found the dancers first rate, one of the singers first rate, and the others passable, but not outstanding. On other nights they had a comedian, magician, singer/impressionist (who received a standing ovation for his tremendous vocal range) and in a particularly notable performance, the Irish violinist/singing sisters Sephira, who blew me away with their rendition of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir on violins with backing band. We didn't really partake of the other musical entertainment options: the piano duo and the classical quartet. We mainly arranged our own shore excursions. The ship's destinations expert, Tom, was very knowledgeable and approachable about where to find things that were not available on the ship's excursions. We did arrange a boat ride to swim in the blue cave in Kotor Montenegro through the ship and that went well. We also arranged our airport transfer in Venice through the ship, but in retrospect, it was overpriced and took longer than if we had arranged a taxi ourselves the night before.

Excellent first time experience on the Eurodam

Eurodam Cruise Review by photocruiser777

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We chose the Holland America Mediterranean Tapestries cruise mainly for the itinerary and moderate size of the ship. This was our first cruise. We stayed for two days on our own in Barcelona prior to embarkation and found it to be a very dynamic city. One could easily spend a week there.

Embarkation was very smooth. The bags went straight off the taxi to a conveyor; security and printing of our stateroom cards took about 15 minutes, and then we were on.

What stood out the most on the cruise was the extreme friendliness of the crew, who are mostly Indonesian or Filipino. We felt like family immediately.

On our cruise in mid September, our fellow passengers were mostly adults from 40-80; a mix of many nationalities, with more British and Australian than I had anticipated.

We ate dinner mostly in the main dining room. Service at our table of 6 was first class. We found the beef dishes, such as New York striploin and prime rib excellent; the seafood and desserts less so. I mainly preferred to take a cheese and fruit board than dessert. Although I had a soda card, I preferred to drink iced tea most nights with dinner, which is complimentary. I don't drink alcohol much, but our table mates did, and they were able to have their unfinished wine bottles delivered to their rooms, or could take them away after dinner if they wished. We had breakfast and a few dinners at the Lido buffet. The eggs and pastries were particularly good at all the stations, but I especially liked the frittatas at the Spanish breakfast station. The brewed coffee at breakfast was just OK. Fresh fruit was available, including rambutan which was an exotic fruit rather like a lychee which I really took to. We ate at the Tamarind once. The food and service there were outstanding, especially the lobster sushi appetizer.

We were very impressed by the entertainment. For me, a fan of American R&B, the best thing on the ship was the BB King All Stars. I went to listen to them every night. Each member of the band, and both singers, Bailey Carlson and Courtney, were first rate musicians. They had a huge repertoire, not strictly blues, and I didn't hear the same song again until about 5 days into the cruise.

The main stage productions were quite elaborate, with moving parts of the stage, projections on the backdrops, professional lighting, fog etc. at the level of a Broadway production. The in-house Eurodam troupe of 12 performers put on four different shows over the course of the cruise. We found the dancers first rate, one of the singers first rate, and the others passable, but not outstanding.

On other nights they had a comedian, magician, singer/impressionist (who received a standing ovation for his tremendous vocal range) and in a particularly notable performance, the Irish violinist/singing sisters Sephira, who blew me away with their rendition of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir on violins with backing band.

We didn't really partake of the other musical entertainment options: the piano duo and the classical quartet.

We mainly arranged our own shore excursions. The ship's destinations expert, Tom, was very knowledgeable and approachable about where to find things that were not available on the ship's excursions. We did arrange a boat ride to swim in the blue cave in Kotor Montenegro through the ship and that went well. We also arranged our airport transfer in Venice through the ship, but in retrospect, it was overpriced and took longer than if we had arranged a taxi ourselves the night before.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 5035
Reasonably spacious with a good deal of storage, including some very useful drawers under the bed. Clean. Both 120 and 220V power available at the desk, but note that if you have an appliance you need next to the bed, such as a CPAP machine, you will want to bring an extension cord, or else the cord will be suspended in midair across the room at night to reach the desk. The verandah has ample room to stretch out in the reclining deck chair and foot stool. The divider between our verandah and the next was not locked when we embarked and was flapping in the wind at night. We had the steward lock it after that, but it still rattled a bit when the wind was strong. We wished there was a way to open the verandah door or a vent at night for fresh air, but a sign requests passengers to keep the door closed. The air conditioning was generally too cold and appeared optimized for the hot Mediterranean summer, and we had the thermostat turned up to the hot side just to keep it from being an icebox in September. The room was very quiet at night; we only heard neighbours occasionally in the hallway or adjacent verandah, never directly through the walls.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Barcelona
    A dynamic city of old and modern. A hop on/hop off bus tour is a way to quickly get orientated, but you need a lot of time to really see anything in depth. We took a day trip to Girona and Figueres via Gray Line which was good, but a little too rushed in Girona.
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  • Dubrovnik
    A beautiful city, but unexpectedly expensive! Taxi from the port to the old city 13 euro each way. You need kuna, not euro, for stores if paying in cash and official Game of Thrones T shirts, if that's your thing, are the equivalent of about $30 US. After a walk around part of the old city, we walked to the nearest beach club. A couple of lounge chairs and umbrella were nearly $30 US! At the same club we let the waitress suggest a seafood lunch with scampi and a whole fish and although it was good, it came to 900 kuna, about $140 US!
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  • Florence (Livorno)
    We shared a taxi van with 3 other couples, which worked out to 80 euro per couple for return transport to Florence. We skipped Pisa. Beautiful city, but watch out for all the cars and scooters on the narrow streets!
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  • Speed Boat Tour
    The blue cave was outstanding, and on a Sunday morning, only the two boats from our tour were there, so plenty of room to swim. After the cave, we went to Zanjice beach for an hour and a half. The water is beautiful and clean, but the beach is gravel, not sand, and getting in and out of the water is very hard on tender feet. I would bring water shoes. The lounge chairs and umbrellas seem to be free for the tour and we bought great espresso and palacinke (pancakes with ham and cheese) for just a couple of euro at the beach restaurants, delivered to your lounger. The old town of Kotor is walled, like Dubrovnik, beautiful, and right across the street from where the ship's dock. Really, I think Montenegro is everything Dubrovnik is, but much less expensive and on the euro. I would love to go back there.
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  • Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    Not much to see from the hop on hop off bus. We enjoyed the excellent aquarium though, which we could have just walked to from where the ship's tender docked.
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  • Rome (Civitavecchia)
    We took the train in and out. Inexpensive. About 2 euro for a bus from the port to the train station and about 5 euro for the train each way. If you are going to the Vatican, the station near San Pietro is the first stop in Rome and takes considerably less time than riding the train all the way to the Termini station. What can one say about Rome? You need more time to see it. Allowing for time to get there and back on the train/bus, you don't have long in the city.
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  • Taormina (Messina)
    We just got off the ship and walked to the beach in the harbour area and enjoyed a nice beach day at one of the beach clubs in Naxos port. A lounge chair and umbrella were just a few euro and good lunch items and gelato could be had beachside.
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  • Toulon
    We arranged a private tour with three other couples in a 9-seat van. Our driver took us to Aix-en-Provence and Cassis with a drive to the top of Cap Canaille. We had enough time to take a boat ride to see the Calanques (fjords) near Cassis as well. We skipped Marseilles to be able to have enough time for that, and it was worth it.
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