Eurodam Nov. 7, 2009: Eurodam Cruise Review by Springerlady

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Eurodam Nov. 7, 2009

Sail Date: November 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Leaving Ft. Lauderdale was a foretaste of what to come, very high winds and cloudy skies. We had a balcony room which seemed more compressed than our previous balcony on the Maasdam. Room was narrower but adequate, balcony had room for 2 chairs and 1 ottoman which we used frequently. Bathroom was the same size as before, hair dryer was updated and plug in area was in the area near the lighted makeup mirror/ desk area near the sliding balcony door. The high winds were gale force at over 30 knots and this whipped up the seas. Walking on board became a challenge to try to keep from bouncing off the person next to you noticaby worse at the bow/aft ends of the ship. Particularly bad in the Rembrandt Dining Room. The front desk passed out seasickness tablets after the ship stores ran out. The Captain closed the outside Promenade Deck 3 for guests during the high winds, also the area at the forward observation Decks. I noticed the public areas seemed smaller, although the shopping area More seemed larger by layout. It was well done, areas designated by type of merchandise. Jewelry very expensive, even the "sale price" of 50% off for featured items of the day. Liquor tasting for 1 evening was nice featuring flavors of rum. This "try before you buy" was a good incentive to buy aboard ship, with larger bottle volume aboard ship. We used the "As You Wish" dining option for the Rembrandt Dining Room and met different people at each meal. Once seated at a large table with an established group of family members and 1 other couple, next meal asked to be seated at a table no greater than 6 so conversation could actually take place. The larger table was so big it was difficult to hear what was said from across the table. Overall the food served in the Rembrandt was excellent. In speaking to fellow cruisers who had many cruise lines to compare, the consensus was Holland America has the best food overall. We took advantage of having lunch in the Tamarind one day and enjoyed the menu for lunch very much. My husband does not care for Chinese food, and I assured him this was Asian. He loved it. There was no lunch surcharge. The Pinnacle Grill for dinner was superb, additionally $20 per person and worth every penny! Service was attentive, prompt, and the meal memorable like all dining room experiences we had. But the menu offerings was a notch above the Rembrandt in the meat selections.

We took advantage of the movies in the Screening Room with popcorn served. Of the ship's entertainment offerings on the Mainstage, we took in only 1 show, a variety song and dance performance typical of cruise ships. We enjoyed "Name That Tune" in the Piano Bar, and listening to the Adagio Strings string Quartet play. Not drinkers of alcohol or gamblers we did not partake of the Casino or Bars activity. All in all, I will definitely book another cruise with HAL in the future, trying another of its Dam Ships.

Ports of Call: Grand Turk/Curacos was cancelled due to inability to dock because of the high winds and rough seas. All shore excursions were credited to the account and additionally the Captian provided a glass of champange to each guest over 21 at dinner, and port charges were credited to the onboard account as well. Rebooking shore excursions was accomplished by using the Less

Published 11/16/09

Cabin review: V8097 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Cabin 8097, Category V balcony, located on Navigation Deck 8, just aft of midship on the starboard (right) side of the ship. Cabin stewards Andy and Sri. Lots of closet space, with drawers under the foot of the bead and shelves in the night tables to each side of the bed. The bed was comfortable, although we enjoyed the Massdam's bed a little more, seemed that the bedding was softer on Massdam. Bathroom typical of HAL ships, hair dryer plug in at Vanity Mirror area near Flatscreen TV and balcony slider. Vanity/makeup mirror was magnified, lighting could have been better. TV visable anywhere in the room. Pictures on the wall had interesting "twists" of subjects. Would stay in this room again. Did aeem somewhat narrower than Massdam's balcony room.

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Port and Shore Excursions

St. Thomas Port of Call: Located at the far end of town, Holland America had another ship in port at the same time, the Westerdam. Taxis were available and shore excursions were picked up/ droppped off here. Shopping at this dock was limited, and the majority of shopping was in town. We did the Magic of Butterflies, birds and Fauna excursion. The Butterfly farm was a must see, with 30 minutes there before going on to the Botanical garden. The Disney Magic was docked right near the Butterfly Farm, whose guests just had to walk across the way to get there. We had around 30 minutes after an informative talk by a Butterfly Farm staff member to take pictures and shop at their gift shop. Next our tour guide took us to the Botanical Gardens, on the way taking us to a drive up a mountain to get pictures of on overview area of the town and waterfront. A beautiful view! There were local people with shopping opportunity there at this brief 15 minute stop. The Botanical Gardens was a multi-level self guided walk though some beautiful vegetation. flowers and tropical birds in wire cages for viewing. Drop off after this excursion was in town for dining/shopping before we took a taxi back to the ship.
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