Have just returned from an 11 day Baltic cruise on HAL Eurodam. This was our first HAL cruise and definitely won't be our last. We have cruised before with both Princess (twice) and Celebrity, and found the Eurodam by far our favourite. We took a guaranteed booking on a verandah cabin and were upgraded to a Deluxe verandah (7009) which was spacious and quite comfortable. There was adequate storage space under the bed for our 2 large suitcases and 2 carry on bags once unpacked. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the bathroom was the roomiest we have had on a cruise. The food in the main restaurant and buffet was consistently of a high standard and the service impeccable. The only criticism we have is of the standard of entertainment. Princess does this aspect so much better. Apart from a very good singer/guitarist in the Crows Nest from 7-10pm, the standard of entertainment was so poor, we didn't bother about going to most of the shows and actually left a couple after just a few minutes. We did a great 2 day tour of St Petersburg which I arranged privately before departure with a company called SPB tours. They were brilliant at returning emails and making arrangements in line with our requests. They assembled a group of 16 for us and the guide and driver provided (same both days) made sure that we were never standing around waiting for our transport or held up in long queues waiting to enter venues. The tour cost us almost 1/2 the price of the ships tours (which were very large groups on large coaches) and from the comments we heard from those who did the ships' tours, were much better organised and more enjoyable. We also were able to have more flexibility built in to the tour. Our favourite port was definitely St Petersburg. Stockholm was also very enjoyable as was Tallin. (The highlight of Tallin is the Old Town, which is as picturesque a place as you could imagine; we were told that the Ship's tours did not incorporate Old Town, which people were very disappointed about). Copenhagen and Helsinki were not all that great, in our opinion. The disembarkation process was very efficient and proceeded right on time. So, on the positive side: comfortable spacious cabin, easy to find your way around, great service, very high standard of catering, and cheap cocktails. On the negative side: low standard of entertainment, internet access quite expensive; wine list very expensive; ship's tours very, very expensive.

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Eurodam Cruise Review by mary alan

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2010
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Have just returned from an 11 day Baltic cruise on HAL Eurodam. This was our first HAL cruise and definitely won't be our last. We have cruised before with both Princess (twice) and Celebrity, and found the Eurodam by far our favourite. We took a guaranteed booking on a verandah cabin and were upgraded to a Deluxe verandah (7009) which was spacious and quite comfortable. There was adequate storage space under the bed for our 2 large suitcases and 2 carry on bags once unpacked. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the bathroom was the roomiest we have had on a cruise. The food in the main restaurant and buffet was consistently of a high standard and the service impeccable. The only criticism we have is of the standard of entertainment. Princess does this aspect so much better. Apart from a very good singer/guitarist in the Crows Nest from 7-10pm, the standard of entertainment was so poor, we didn't bother about going to most of the shows and actually left a couple after just a few minutes. We did a great 2 day tour of St Petersburg which I arranged privately before departure with a company called SPB tours. They were brilliant at returning emails and making arrangements in line with our requests. They assembled a group of 16 for us and the guide and driver provided (same both days) made sure that we were never standing around waiting for our transport or held up in long queues waiting to enter venues. The tour cost us almost 1/2 the price of the ships tours (which were very large groups on large coaches) and from the comments we heard from those who did the ships' tours, were much better organised and more enjoyable. We also were able to have more flexibility built in to the tour. Our favourite port was definitely St Petersburg. Stockholm was also very enjoyable as was Tallin. (The highlight of Tallin is the Old Town, which is as picturesque a place as you could imagine; we were told that the Ship's tours did not incorporate Old Town, which people were very disappointed about). Copenhagen and Helsinki were not all that great, in our opinion. The disembarkation process was very efficient and proceeded right on time. So, on the positive side: comfortable spacious cabin, easy to find your way around, great service, very high standard of catering, and cheap cocktails. On the negative side: low standard of entertainment, internet access quite expensive; wine list very expensive; ship's tours very, very expensive.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VC 7009
7009 Eurodam - Deluxe verandah cabin - quiet location, starboard side, good under-bed storage space - roomy.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Copenhagen
    This is a Port easily seen in 1 day. A bit too far to walk from port to centre of Copenhagen, shuttle bus provided cost $20pp for return trip. Hop on hop off bus was best way to see the sights. Tivoli Gardens very nice, but pretty quiet during the day. Don't really recommend it for shopping or as a Port stop.
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  • Helsinki
    This is also a shuttle-bus required Port and we found this Port quite a disappointment. The architecture is nothing special, the shopping is not at all great, there was quite a good market down at the harbour, but other than that, not at all outstanding. My husband's observation was that the difference between Helsinki & St Petersburg is about 260 photos! (We only took 4 in Helsinki).
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  • St. Petersburg
    A must-see Port. We recommend organising a private 2-day tour (we did the C (Active) Tour with SPB which took us everywhere you need to go at 1/2 the price of the ship tours with a much smaller group. They also organise the Visa for you)We saw the Peterhoff, which we reached by hydrofoil; St Catherine's Cathedral; Catherine's Palace; a subway tour; Yusupov Palace; the fortress of St Peter and St Paul; the Church on the Spilled Blood; and the Hermitage. A truly amazing Port.
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  • Stockholm
    Another very good port, however there was a difficulty in that we did not dock in Stockholm, where the ships are more or less right in the middle of town, but docked in Nynasham, which is an hour away, and a tender port, however HAL did provide free shuttle service into Stockholm. We did a hop on hop off boat tour, which was an excellent way to see the sights. The WASA museum is a must-see. Very interesting and beautifully maintained and presented, the WASA was a 16th century ship which was to be the jewel in the fleet of the Swedish Navy, however sunk in Stockholm Harbour on its maiden voyage. It remained buried in the mud at the bottom of the harbour till it was salvaged in the 1960's and restoration began. Now it is housed in a specially-constructed museum and the exhibits involved are also quite special.
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  • Tallinn
    Tallinn was an excellent Port. Easy walk from ship to Old Town (10 min stroll) Picturesque medieval village with great shopping, tons of restaurants and lots of history and magnificent churches and architecture. Don't need to do a tour, just walk up from the bus and follow your nose around the Old Town.
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