Eurodam Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
Call our partner agents at 866-501-2339 to book your cruise.

Eurodam Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.2
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.4
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.0
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.8
    4.0
  • Service
    4.4
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.1
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Eurodam?
  • Pro: Exceptional dining and entertainment options
  • Con: Up-selling in spa and shops can feel a bit excessive
  • Bottom Line: Traditional ship with fresh, modern touches

Eurodam Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

Holland America Line may be one of cruising's most venerable lines, but Eurodam, which debuted in July 2008, continues HAL's more recent tradition of offering an onboard ambience that blends elements from past and present. The ship's elegant art collection, its superbly trained crewmembers -- who hail mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia -- and courtly evening entertainment, from a nightly piano-violin ensemble playing classics to cheek-to-cheek dancing, all connect passengers to Holland America's stately heritage.

And yet, additions to Eurodam -- such as Tamarind, Holland America's first Asian restaurant; the Silk Den lounge, designed as a swanky homage to a Hong Kong hipster's club; a rockin' Memphis-and-Motown band in the BB King Blues Club; and Explorations, a gathering place that mixes together a library, coffee bar, Internet cafe, Crow's Nest lounge and card room -- point to a more contemporary vibe.

The progress that Eurodam represents for Holland America is relatively gentle. It's an evolution, rather than a revolution, to be sure. Still, certain changes point more to the line's future than its past. Eurodam is the first built-for-Holland America ship in the fleet to be designed without a tennis court, for instance. That space went a long way to making room for a combination basketball/dodgeball court, Silk Den and the adjacent Tamarind. The new Canaletto, a family-style Italian restaurant, has few of the usual dining formalities. If the private, fee-extra cabana areas around and above the main pool remind me more of a sleek South Beach resort than a cruise ship, well that's progress, right?

I think so. Holland America, long a line catering more to mature travelers than active ones, has been on a journey to broaden its appeal without alienating its more traditional fans. On Eurodam, the mix works.

Eurodam Fellow Passengers

Your fellow passengers on Eurodam will vary, depending on the ship's itinerary. On our Baltic cruise, fully half the passengers were Americans, while the bulk of the rest were Australians, Canadians and Western Europeans. On a Caribbean cruise, you'll find even more North Americans.

In most cases, Eurodam cruisers were well-traveled and typically more mature -- in the 50-plus demographic. Families were amply represented, with about 13 percent of passengers on the Baltic cruise younger than 18 years, but this did not overpower the experience. The family contingent is largest during the traditional American school holiday periods.

Eurodam Dress Code

On Holland America, formal nights are still considered to be quite formal. Occurring twice on a seven-night cruise (and more often on longer voyages), passengers really do dress to the nines; many men wear tuxedos or dark suits, and women wear long gowns or elegant pants ensembles. The rest of the time, the ambience is resort casual -- day and night. Very informal gear, such as jeans and shorts, is appropriate for outer decks but not so much for restaurants.

Eurodam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $13.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $15 per person, per day.

Next:  Eurodam Cabins

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

853 Eurodam Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

Start your review of Eurodam
Click to rate
tammlynn
Member Since 2006
13 reviews
60 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise went way beyond my expectations! It was magical! I chose this cruise because I had read Oprah and O magazine was going to be aboard! About 20 years ago, I made a dream list and on that list was to meet Oprah, so this was ... Read more
steveod
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
25 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We were told by others that everyone on Holland America would be much older than us (44 and 42) and that the food and service wouldn't be very good. Apparently others can be wrong. We had a great time, with plenty of people our age and ... Read more
MDKLIK
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We chose to take this cruise to celebrate my retirement and our 37th anniversary. Alaska was a bucket list destination. We chose the Eurodam based on a recommendation from my father who has cruised with Holland America previously. We ... Read more
Cruise Deals

3,104 Professional Eurodam Photos

We spent almost a full week on board the Eurodam with multiple photographers and took 3,104 pictures of the ship.  When you visit our new photo galleries you can be assured that what you see is what you get!

Holland America Line Fleet

Close ×
See Deals on Eurodam up to 82% off
Close ×
See Deals on Eurodam up to 82% off