Eurodam Review

I really love Holland, but I wish a few things were better!

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PNWHappyHippie
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Cabin: Interior Stateroom

This was my first Alaskan cruise on any cruise line and my first trip to Alaska in general. I only have other Holland America cruises to compare it to (but I am also a cruise nerd and binge cruise news and reviews for other lines and ships), so I will do my best to describe everything. I have been on Eurodam twice before, back when it was a "newer" ship and also in 2019. I have to say, comparing to those sailings some of the things are still the same and a few small things are showing their age.

This was my first sailing in an interior cabin and we chose one mid ship on Deck 1. We were far enough from any elevators and busy areas. Our cabin was mostly quiet and clean. It is really nice that there are (limited) on-demand movies and they are free to watch, unlike other cruise lines. I only have time for a couple of movies, but we did not have a problem finding something good. We did not receive our in-room robes until day 3 (but we also didn't bug them about it... so I'm sure some of that is on us). The shower was a typical older style, but the water was always hot and the bathrooms are pretty nice. Plenty of storage space in the cabin, which is nice. Our cabin stewards were extra lovely and super friendly everyday greeting us in the hallways.

Staff is overall very friendly and helpful when needed. I did have one rough patch with service at the aft pool deck bar on embarkation. It was like my friend and I were being ignored by the bar staff... and it was crawling with so many employees, we said aloud, "are we really being ignored?" after maybe 15 minutes of attempting to order a drink. Mind you, this was our first drink of the cruise! And it was my friend's first cruise, so it was not a good way to start off the trip (and I get it... the bar can be REALLY crowded on sail away, but we were being ignored even after we managed to get a seat at the bar and everyone in front of us was served). But, as far as service goes that was one of our only hiccups.

Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom

This was my first interior cabin and it was as to be expected. The location was good on Deck 1. Staff was attentive. Fresh towels stocked and ice buckets refilled. Interior rooms are quite dark and I feel like we could sleep forever without an alarm. Next time, I will be sure to bring one of those daytime alarm clocks.

Port Reviews

Glacier Bay

Incredibly beautiful. Bring warm clothing, thermal underwear, and wool hat and gloves. I brought my own binoculars and posted up when the bow opened at sunrise with a hot coffee. The slow sailing into the bay was absolutely gorgeous. Everywhere you looked there was a new vision of incredible natural beauty. It was like living in a moving postcard. Gorgeous. I can't imagine there was a more beautiful day to visit.

Ketchikan

Not the best (sorry Ketchikan!) as the main walking areas were very close to port. It seems locals like to torture themselves by driving through that main street hugging the coastal area next to port and it angers them cruise ships and tourists exist. It angers them so much, they speed up at pedestrian crossings even in the pouring rain with no regards for the foot traffic. The shops open after 9am and lunch places after 11am, so it isn't the best in terms of time spent. Shops are not varied. The coffee place we stopped at had surly workers and they scoffed at me when I asked for sugar... which they were out of at 9am in the morning... puzzled why I wasn't beaming at the opportunity to have an artificial sweetener. This was all after I tipped $2 on a $4 coffee. The crab shack on the water next to the port was delicious and not too overpriced. That was the only highlight of the stop, but we did have to wait in a long line in the cold pouring rain which was not fun. Overall, if I went on another cruise to Alaska, I would skip this port or just get off later for a crab lunch. That's pretty much it. Seeing that wounded woman when re-boarding who was hit by an angry hit-and-run driver was a huge turn off too. Why so angry Ketchikan? I live in the PNW, and you don't see me angry at the tourists for Olympic National Park, the Cascades, and Seattle. I definitely wouldn't speed up at the pedestrian crossing or torture myself by not taking the street 2 blocks over to avoid the tourists. Maybe it will be better next time, but first impressions mean a lot.

Sitka

Super cute little town with lots of history. We enjoyed the light rain and walking around town. The Victorian homes and buildings are charming. The Russian history is interesting and even with current events, it was charming partaking in those leftover hallmarks of the culture. Russian dumplings at Sitka Pel'Meni looked delicious, but the line was long and the tables are few so we opted for the street eats along the main street. We had some salmon chowder in the drizzling rain under a small awning. There were nice bathroom stations here and there if you are like me and stay well-hydrated. The Russian Bishops house and Basilica were neat to visit, but get there early as the tour groups are very small (6 people or less) and book up every 30 min block. We were lucky and got in before noon, but we watched many people be turned away due to it filling up. The walk from port is easy (with some stairs/steps) and lots of shops in walking distance. People were very friendly in port from shop owners and tour guides to food stall vendors. The guy running the Fur shop gave us a couple of great recommendations for reindeer sausage and street eats. Have to say we had a nice time. Cute town.

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