Eurodam Cruise Review by Don and Char
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Mexican Riviera
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Embarkation took a little time, but HAL waits until all cabins are ready onboard and then lets it's guest onboard. Did not bother us in the least bit. We were on the ship by noon.
This ship was updated in 2016 and it shows. We have been aboard two other times and were very happy with all of the changes.
Our cabin (8121) was a very nice veranda cabin. Plenty of storage space ( and plenty of hangers). Bed and pillows were very comfortable. Our room attendants, DaNang and Nia, did an outstanding job of making sure our cabin was kept fresh everyday.
Dining is a very personal thing with all guests. We felt all of the food service was exceptional. DR service was unpretentious and all food presentations were excellent. Food seasoned properly and, for the most part, served hot. As we had Select dining, we dined at several different tables with very wonderful conversational guests. Our server for a couple of the nights was Hondo. He and Evelyn, the wine steward were gracious and accomodating to all. Personally, I appreciated the fact that HAL has introduced some regional cuisine into the menus, so there were some very nice Mexican dishes.
The buffet on most ships ( and we travel frequently ) has been suffering with quality levels lately. We did NOT find this aboard the Eurodam. Some people do not like that HAL serves you your food, but it doesn't bother us. The bread products on the ship were outstanding ( not good for my waistline ).
Dive In serves one of the best Burgers at sea; The NY Pizza outlet serves baked to order pizzas. Again, some people are put off that the food takes time, but you get a much better product than on most other ships of this caliber.
Enjoyed the production shows ( which we have seen before, but still enjoy). All of the Music walk entertainment including BB King Blues, Billboard on Board and Lincoln Center. helped make our evening very enjoyable. Actually prefer the smaller club feeling of BB King on Eurodam, as compared to the ballroom style on Koningsdam.
The ports were all great. We have visited them many times in the past and are "excursioned " out. We now leave the ship, enjoy an leisurely walk and wonderful Mexican lunch, and then back on board. Highly recommend the three ports on this cruise.
I will state that we love cruising from San Diego. There is so much to do here and I highly recommend that you come in at least two days early or stay after the cruise to enjoy all this city has to offer.
Debarkation was very fast, with ample time to get to the airport.
Thanks to the entire crew and staff of the Eurodam. We continue to enjoy our HAL cruises and look forward to being on Neiuw Statendam and Koningsdam again this next year!
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