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Eurodam Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Tropical Caribbean (December 15-22, 2021)

Review for Eurodam to the Eastern Caribbean
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Kamfish642
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Sail Date: Dec 2021
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The Eurodam was the only cruise vessel in FLL port with passengers. (Noordam was docked but with no passengers.) We were informed that the ship would only have 905 passengers on this sailing (43% of full double occupancy passenger capacity!), so embarkation was a breeze. First (hopefully) post-COVID cruise.

We had our doubts over continuous pre-cruise emails from HAL changing our boarding group/time. However, we were pleasantly surprised. Due to pre-cruise travel arrangements, we arrived at FLL Cruise Terminal 26 about 1 hour earlier that our assigned boarding group/time. Upon arrival, we were the only car in front of the terminal, so our bags were quickly grabbed by the baggage handlers, and we were frisked through the checking process and within our stateroom in 15 minutes! Just make sure that you have your vaccination card and COVID test results handy. The Main Dining Room was closed for lunch, so we went to Lido Market which was almost vacant.

Cabin Review

We were assigned Veranda Stateroom , Navigation Deck, which was located on the aft, starboard side of vessel under the Sea View Pool and Bar. We loved the extra depth of the balcony over other ships we have sailed on; definitely did not feel crowded. We also liked the storage/closest space. The stateroom itself was standard. The Room Steward was very attentive; promptly turning around stateroom in the morning and evening. Note that they will only clean the stateroom once daily (morning), but you can request evening turndown service, changeout towels, etc., which we did request.

We did have some minor issues that were quickly resolved, which included the need to changeout the TV remote and phone. Due to our stateroom location directly below the Sea View Pool/Bar, every morning around 7 am you would hear the constant moving of deck chairs/tables, which was a minor inconvenience since we are early risers. Our only significant issue was that the balcony partition between the adjacent stateroom came loose during our last night on voyage, apparently due to high winds, and banged the majority of the evening. Overall, we were more than satisfied with our accommodation after such a long hiatus from cruising.

Port Reviews

Grand Turk

Outside of the village center there was not much to do or see. Catamaran sail/snorkel was cancelled pre-cruise. I can see that this village would be overwhelmed if two or more ships at full or near capacity were in port. Beach was nice to walk on, but there was a significant drop when stepping into water and footing was rocky/stones (need water shoes). However, I would suggest that you walk down the beach were the beach entry is a little less steep and stoney. Also, stop by Jack's Shack for a cold one!

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

We had previously stayed at an all-inclusive resort on the Dominican Republic, and we were not impressed. Similar to Grand Turk, Amber Cove serves as a cruise village; however, there is more activities immediately available and a grand entrance into port past a resort with a gazebo on a rocky jetty at harbor entrance.

We had our initial excursion cancelled the night prior to arrival, citing weather conditions. However, HAL recommended an alternate excursion - "(6 hour) Two Site Reef Snorkel by Sailing Catamaran." This excursion was marked as strenuous and lived up to its billing. First there was a 45-minute bus ride to a beach on the other side of island to meet the catamaran, which we found enjoyable. After disembarking the tour bus, you walk down this steep stairway down to the beach. From there, you put on a life jacket and board a wooden powerboat to reach the catamaran in rolling seas, which was quite an adventure and not at all recommended for anyone needing assistance.

The two snorkeling sites were nice, but nothing compared to Hawaii or French Polynesia. Especially liked snorkeling the coral formations at the second site. Overall, it was somewhat challenging to snorkel in the rolling seas but did gave us a chance to stretch our muscles after sitting on the cruise ship.

Now the 2-hour sail back around the island to the cruise port was amazing due to the strong winds and 3-to-4-foot waves - truly sailing rather than power sailing due to low winds as experienced on other excursions! The bar was open, and beer and rum drinks flowed freely. Also served was a nice lunch consisting of various salads, fruit and chicken bits. Definitely recommend this excursion!!!

Nassau

Been to Nassau to many times; however, authorities are definitely doing major renovations to the cruise port/terminal; basically, rebuilding from scratch. Margaritaville has completed a new hotel and beach area since our last visit, which definitely improved and revitalized waterfront. Local beach and facilities still remain past Margaritaville complex.

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