Happy with Holland America: Eurodam Cruise Review by joyfultraveler52

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Happy with Holland America

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We traveled with a large group (13 adults, 3 children ages 3 - 6 and one infant)to celebrate a BIG birthday. While our embarkation was delayed at the hotel by a slow shuttle service, when we got to the cruise terminal (just after 1 pm EST), our entrance onto the ship was efficient and so easy. This was important, given the young children who were with us. My only disappointment with Holland America was that there was no discount given for the six rooms that I had booked and although they promised a complimentary upgrade when I booked, that never happened. Bummer!

We all had veranda rooms and they were spotless and ready for us when we arrived. The stewards were great about opening up the verandas between our connecting rooms which made it feel like we had adjoining rooms. We had three rooms on the starboard side and three rooms on the port side, toward the front of the ship on the fifth deck.

The Eurodam was beautiful and the food was wonderful. Several of us More ate at the Pinnacle Grill and on another night ate at the Tamarind. While both were excellent, we felt that there was much more value in the Tamarind experience. The ambiance was lovely and the food offerings and service were worth the extra $15 pp that we paid. While the Pinnacle was nice, it wasn't as impressive as the Tamarind and I probably wouldn't spend the $25 pp for that experience again.

A real positive for us was HAL Club for the children. They LOVED attending, which gave their parents some much appreciated alone time on the ship. The young women who planned activities really got to know the kids personally and offered activities that were well-suited to their age and developmental levels. It would have been nice if they had offered the opportunity for the parents to share email addresses with each other so the kids could have stayed in touch following the cruise. It was an excellent experience for my grandchildren and they loved it!!

Another positive was the Crow's Nest, with Jamie offering his lovely voice each evening. While the room was empty many nights, it offered a quiet and entertaining experience for those looking for that. The adjoining Explorations Cafe was also a quiet place to play games or read. One morning I went there first thing for a morning coffee and a quiet read and it was lovely.

The Eurodam is going smoke-free in most places soon and that will be greatly appreciated. With only two swimming pools on board, we were disappointed that one swimming area was so smokey that we couldn't go near it. The smoking also got in the way of enjoying the verandas, in that it isn't pleasant to be outside when smoke intrudes.

Our rooms were pleasant and well-cared for while we were there. Service was excellent throughout the ship. One of our favorite experiences was the stop at Half Moon Cay, the Holland America cay. The turquoise water and white sugary beach was the most incredible beach experience I have ever had! We wished that we could have stayed longer and it was a great way to end our cruise. Overall, it was an excellent cruising experience and I left, excited to book my next cruise! Less

Published 01/20/12

Cabin review: VF5057 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Plenty of storage space for three adults! The pull out bed had a terrible mattress so we ended up using the bunk which was more comfortable but challenging for those below. The room was clean and located just above the lifeboats. It didn't ruin the view but was a bit distracting. No noise outside our room and very soundproof between rooms. If you're traveling with someone else next door, ask the steward to open up the verandas between you - that was a tip passed along to me with the reservation agent and we appreciated having that information. The bathrooms were great with a full bath tub - that worked very well for those in our group with children.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We decided to sit on the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather and it was a good decision! There were plenty of lounge chairs available. My daughter explored some attractions that they did on their own and they found it easy to get around town. My son took a snorkeling excursion that he enjoyed.
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We took no excursions at San Juan. There is a free trolley available just off the ship that takes you around the old San Juan area and allows you to disembark at various places along the way, including the different forts on the island. It saved a lot of walking time and it was very enjoyable to sight-see. It's also an easy area to traverse by foot. We found a Starbucks not far from the ship that offered free Internet and that was also a nice surprise. We went back to the ship for dinner and several left to go back out for the San Juan night life. There is a restaurant named "Mojitos" that is a few blocks off the ship, offering authentic cuisine. Ask for directions - it's not a long walk.
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Wow! This was great fun! It was an all day sail, from 9 am - 3 pm with six passengers on board. We stopped to snorkel in two different places and it was some of the best snorkeling that we had experienced. Captain Ron and his mate, Carol, were very welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. They fixed us an amazing lunch on board and offered some wicked rum punch, along with other beverages. It was an excellent value and we got to snorkel in areas that were private and beautiful. One of the passengers was not interested in snorkeling and Captain Ron offered to take her to the beach instead. The trickiest part of the day was getting to and from the American Yacht Harbor. If they tell you that it will take 20 minutes, do not believe them. It was a good 45 minute trip each way, but the price was very reasonable, only $22 round trip. Excellent choice for St. Thomas!

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