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  1. First time on HAL...Does the Eurodam have a beverage area on Lido that you can get your own drinks, like coffee, tea and juices. Can you bring you own mug and help your self when you want. We sailed NCL and that is available all the time but want to know what HAL has. Also, can you tell me how they handle the Muster Drill - do you go to a station out on deck and stand? Do you need to bring your life vest with you? Or do they send you to a lounge for the drill? Are you allowed to bring on your own water and soda - can you also get water or soda in port and take it back on the ship?
  2. First time on HAL and we will be going to Cabo. Can you tell me how HAL handles tendering...Do we need to get a tender ticket or do you just go the the deck to disembark? Also it said we are there at 10a - any idea what time we can disembark? Seems every cruise line has a different procedure. Also can you tell me where the tender goes into in Cabo and if there are any benches in the area. I want to do a little shopping but my husband just wants to sit and wait for me. I was not sure where to post this as I needed ship information as well as port information.
  3. Hi all - I boarded the Eurodam today for an 18 day cruise. I just got tomorrow’s When & Where and the main dining room is closed for dinner. I’ve never been on a ship that closes the MDR for dinner. Yes, it’s an 11pm departure tomorrow, but it’s an 11pm departure today too, and the MDR is open. Should I expect the MDR to be closed for dinner on all days with an 11pm departure?
  4. My DH and I are seasoned cruisers having just completed our 42nd cruise. We have a Mexico cruise booked on the Eurodam and are interested in an aft cabin, specifically 6181. We have been in aft cabins on previous cruises, although not on HAL, and loved them all except for our last experience which was on the Crown Princess. The engine vibration made sleep difficult. We have never had that happen. I would love to hear from any of you that have been in an aft cabin on Eurodam or NA. Was noise/vibration an issue? Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you.....
  5. There was a video on youtube featuring Caribbean cruises on Eurodam and the Nieuw Amsterdam. Started with a Fort Lauderdale Sail Away. It was about 30 minutes long. I've tried searching youtube and simply can't find it. Would appreciate it if someone could point me towards this video.
  6. Looking to book a aft cabin back of ship, (Eurodam) several are available on both decks 7 & 8. Anyone stay in any below VB7138, VB7139, VB7134, VB7136 VC8168, VC8177, VC8179 Wife loves to watch the ships wake Will she be able to, also how are the balconies - location?, noisy?, convenient
  7. Hi everyone I'll be heading out on the Eurodam in less than 20 days on a short coastal cruise. If you are curious about anything ship related or things in Astoria (port of call), let me know and I'll try to hunt down the answer as well as post a detailed, picture filled trip report! http://cruisingrobsblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/pre-trip-review-ms-eurodam.html
  8. What can we expect in the way of daily entertainment on Eurodam ?:rolleyes: TIA
  9. Hi - I think I have read here that the TV's in cabins are large and maybe mounted on wall. The cabin images I see on CC are a smaller version, on the desk by the balcony. So have the TV's been upscaled? (I shouldn't even think about TV when going to Alaska! :confused:) Thank you, Friends!
  10. While I am not going to sit in the room and watch TV all day, what channels do they have? Might they also have music stations for instance classical?
  11. Nieuw Amsterdam will be making her first FLL visit of the season. She will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is going on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Sunday, October 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, October 22 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, October 23 At Sea Wednesday, October 24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Thursday, October 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Friday, October 26 Cozumel, Mexico Saturday, October 27 At Sea Sunday, October 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Adventure of the Seas at Pier 29 (departs at 1730), Allure of the Seas at Pier 18 (departs 1630), Carnival Conquest at Pier 4 (departs 1600), and Island Princess at Pier 2 (departs 1600). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. For those of you who can deal with the webcam, Eurodam will be in San Diego from 0700-1700. Eurodam will be doing a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise. The webcam can be found at http://sundiegolive.com/. For the addicts: Rotterdam will be in New York City on 10/22 from 0700-1700 (http://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ http://www.portnywebcam.com/). Zuiderdam will be in Port Canaveral on 10/23 from 0800-1900 (https://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/ ). Next up: Zuiderdam on 10/24.
  12. North To Alaska on the Fabulous Eurodam Our cruise was from July 28 – August 4. We booked far in advance (Sept. 2017) while the Explore 4 program was in effect. This was a celebration cruise for my wife’s retirement. We both enjoy having OCD(Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) but only in a mild form which results in extensive research and planning when we take vacations. I would encourage anyone who is not of that mind to invest the time to do advance research and planning because the result usually means a better experience than just being led along by whatever happens. You miss a great deal by allowing fate to rule your experience. I’m a cruise addict and just love Cruise Critic. So, I wanted to give back as much as possible. Alas, I have no pictures for you. I’m just lazy which is unfortunate since I place the highest value on CC reviews that have photos.Sorry, my bad. Pre-Cruise: We live in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota and it’s a short ride to the airport (no airport related noise at our house however). Several months ago my wife downloaded the Uber app to her Smart Phone so we used Uber to get to the airport (and when we returned home) and in Seattle as well. It's a wonderful system and we highly recommend it. I know there has been some controversy regarding Uber during the past year or so but the new company president has made it his priority to work out any kinks in the system. We found Uber to be extremely good and slick as could be using the Smart Phone app. Arrival in Seattle was on time. We collected our luggage and did Uber to our hotel. The hotel we selected was the Hotel 5...A Staypinnapple Hotel. This chain exists on the West and East coasts and Chicago only. We highly recommend it. It’s a fun, quirky kind of place that flies just under the radar of the major hotel chains. It’s clean, courteous, with great coffee,food, and staff. We paid $250 for one night after all the usual add-ons. Obviously we flew into Seattle one day early as we always do when we cruise.Flying in the same day as embarkation is simply throwing caution to the wind and inviting problems. It can be done and many do but that’s not my choice.After checking in at the hotel we did the obligatory visit to Pike Street Market where we had a fabulous lunch at Maximillian’s Restaurant, a long established French eatery. We had walked from the hotel to the Market and decided to walk back using a different route. For dinner we had reservations at Blueacre Seafood. In a word, Stunning. Embarkation: Once again, Uber to Pier 91 where we dropped our luggage off with one of the porters (yes, there are porters in Seattle contradicting a thread that appeared on CC not long ago which said there were not), stepped in the terminal, up the escalator to the check-in desk followed by security (or perhaps security was first) then a 10 minute wait before we were called. At this point I should mention that we booked an aft-wrap Neptune Suite when we made our arrangements last September so our boarding was priority (but after the physically challenged and the upper Mariner Society folks). Our plan was to have a quiet lunch in the MDR but unfortunately it was closed for a private lunch which apparently happens quite a bit in the Port of Seattle. So, off to the Lido, which was not crowded and just fine after all. After lunch we checked in with the Concierge in the Neptune Lounge about a few things, then stopped by the Spa to purchase our Spa Passes for the week. We are big on the Spa, not for the outrageously expensive treatments, but for the Hydro Pool; Tile Loungers;and the Steam Rooms. From there we went to our cabin where our luggage was waiting and we unpacked. Unpacking and checking out the Neptune Suite was done after I thoroughly wiped down everything with Clorox Hospital Grade Disinfectant Wipes, which are the best you can get for Norovirus. By now you might be thinking that this guy is just slightly nuts, and that could be true,but I’d rather be safe than sorry. The most important items to wipe down in a cruise ship cabin are the TV remote, the telephone keypad and receiver, and the keypad to your room safe. The suite was beautiful, the binoculars were brand new, and the wrap around veranda was stunning. A bottle of sparkling wine was on ice waiting for our consumption. I should mention that we booked Neptune Suite SB 8073 which is on deck 8 (obviously) directly under the Lido deck. I would not have booked this suite, or any other cabin under the Lido deck if this were a warm weather cruise because of the traffic and chair noise that comes from the Lido deck. Since this was Alaska, I booked the cabin for the stunning view, betting that the noise factor would not be an issue. I was right. My wife loved the separate dressing area; the twin sinks in the bathroom were nice to have; never used the single shower (except to dry bathing suits)but both used the large shower/tub combo. My wife used the jetted tub at least twice and said it was marvelous, proving that at least on HAL, the jetted tub is not just for show and actually worked the way those tubs are supposed to.Our cabin attendants were absolutely marvelous. We used the complimentary laundry/pressing/dry cleaning service quite a bit and everything was always returned in beautiful condition. The king bed was extremely comfortable with a nice selection of pillows. For those that may not realize it, there are two large pull out drawers at the foot of the bed which could go unnoticed since they are covered by the bed spread. I’m not sure if the beds in all cabin categories have them but I believe so. As usual, closet space is plentiful but not for storing suitcases, so they went under the upper part of the bed like we always do. The veranda was everything we hoped for and included a round table with four chairs; two lounge chairs with foot rests; and two chaise loungers along the side part of the balcony. The veranda is completely covered and we had no issues with soot from the smoke stacks but did not expect any. Our cabin attendants would always bring in the cushions from the loungers and chairs at the end of the day so they would not collect dew overnight. I should mention that one possible drawback of these aft cabins is the vibration from the propellers. You only feel it when the ship is going over 18 knots but it's quite noticeable. It was not bothersome for us however. Food: We found the food on Eurodam to be quite excellent. Several months prior to the cruise we made reservations for Pinnacle Grill; Canaletto;and Tamarind. We decided to avoid the usual semi-controlled chaos of the MDR on embarkation night and ate at Tamarind. It was unbelievably good. So much so that we made another reservation for later in the week. Sunday night was Gala night and we ate in the MDR (Rotterdam dining room) and that was quite enjoyable. Monday night we ate at Canaletto and were surprised by how lovely it was. That’s because so many reviews of Canaletto seem to run both hot and cold.We enjoyed it enough that we made a reservation for the last night of the cruise. Pinnacle Grill was the Pinnacle Grill and all we’ve come to expect from that lovely spot. We both had the bone-in Rib-Eye. We ate lunch in the MDR several times and enjoyed one lunch from the Dive-In. Great burgers. We ordered room service breakfast a couple of mornings and it always arrived on time and at the correct temperature. Room service always called later to see if everything was okay. I became somewhat annoyed by that but my wife thought it was very thoughtful. One evening (after spending the day in Sitka) we decided to order dinner off the MDR menu from room service. Again, very well done. Since Sunday was a sea day we decided to attend Tea Time and enjoyed it very much. The tea was good and there were a wide assortment of tea sandwiches and sweets. I opted for one sandwich and quite a few sweets. Since we were entitled to complimentary breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill we ate there on Sunday morning. It was wonderful and also featured fresh squeezed orange juice. I mention the juice because various posts over the last several months indicated that fresh squeezed was no longer available. The Ship: As expected the Eurodam was all spit and polish. Very clean and well appointed. Out of the entire ship my only criticism goes to the MDR. First of all, the carpet is way too busy to the point of being ugly and I'm sure the design is meant to disguise stains. Second, and most egregious, would be the Roman Torch-like lights serving as wall sconces. They look like something stolen off an old Carnival ship. Finally, there is a circuitous pattern of recessed lighting in the ceiling throughout the dining room that is a pale yellow and it’s so out of place. Very dated looking and basically quite ugly. Other than those items nothing else seemed offensive(well, a few border line items) and overall Eurodam is a beautiful ship. Hey, despite my complaints I’ll sail on a Hal ship anytime. I definitely would not get on a Carnival or Norwegian ship. Yes,I’m a snob. Shore Excursions: We booked 3 shore excursions well in advance. In Juneau we did a combination tour called Whales and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari. It was stunning. Saw bunches of whales, orcas as well, sea lions, etc. I think we were out on the water for about 3 hours. Small excursion…only 12 passengers on a boat that only holds 14. Back on shore our guide took us through the Alaskan Rain Forrest near the glacier and we had ample opportunity to take photos of the glacier. A ride back to the ship on a very nice tour bus concluded the time. Worth every penny. Glacier Bay. While not a tour since the ship glides around the huge bay, we were disappointed by the fact that the entire northern part of the bay (where the 4 glaciers are) was fogged in. At first I thought the Glacier Bay Park Rangers said this was the worst fog they had seen all season. In fact, it was the worst fog they had ever seen period.After a few hours and listening to the ships fog horn (which reminded me of growing up in San Francisco) we had to move south again and the Sun had broken through in that area exposing fantastic snow covered mountains. In Sitka we took the Historic Sitka tour which found us on a somewhat comfortable school bus. The dock in Sitka is 6 miles north of the town but fortunately all tours for the port pick you up at the dock. We had a fantastic guide and made stops in downtown; at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral; and at the Sheldon Jackson museum. The museum is wonderful and a short, medium, or long walk through the rain forest is available. There are Totem Poles everywhere by the way. The tour ended around 12:30 at the in downtown Sitka where we decided to skip the Native Alaskan Dance troupe in favor of a massive burger at the Bayview Café. Then it was time for a little shopping before boarding one of the many shuttle buses back to the ship. In Ketchikan we elected to do the Misty Fjords Boat tour. There is a float plane version available which will set you back mega-bucks. Unfortunately this tour was a disappointment and we would have been better off just walking through town. It takes the boat quite a long time to get to the Fjords and the scenery is just a repeat of what we had already viewed at other ports. No wildlife at all, which might have redeemed the tour for us. Hats off and a big shout out to the captain and crew of the boat however. It is a large craft with two decks,comfortable seating, windows galore, and plenty of food, both complimentary and for purchase. In Victoria we decided to stay on board. Entertainment: We are not big on going to shows in the theater. However, we did attend one which was a video of Alaska accompanied by a sound track which was augmented by all the performing musicians on board and included acoustic as well as digital instruments. Nicely done. We stopped in to hear the BB King Blues band and they were great. Missed everything else although I understand the classical music offerings were top notch. Odds and Ends: · HAL Navigator: Wonderful!! No cost. Must be used on a smart phone in airplane mode. You log in once you are on board and follow the instructions. So, no having to wait in line for someone to help you do it. By the way, there is a wonderful “tutorial” on You Tube that some fellow did in the last year that you should look at before you leave home. Just type in HAL Navigator You Tube to find it. It’s great for checking you’re on board account; making dinner and shore tour reservations; checking the ships on board activities for the day and much more. A real plus in my opinion. · Elevator Etiquette: Amazingly we encountered not one bit of the usual elevator etiquette problem most often encountered on cruise ships. You know, when the doors open and people immediately try and board the elevator before letting other passengers get off first. UNBELIEVABLE!! · Staff: All of the workers and staff weinteracted with were just wonderful. Always greeting us with a smile and askinghow our cruise was going. HAL is well known for its stellar staff and they justseem to be getting better and better. · Mariners Lunch: The Mariners Lunch was held on Friday while on our way from Ketchikan to Victoria. Each table setting was accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine which was a nice touch. The menu was quite limited but we made do with both of us having a wonderful salmon dish for the entrée. If you have Mariner status you will receive an invitation in your cabin the day before. · Neptune Lounge: A lovely space with foodofferings rotated by time of day. Quite nice. The Concierge was very helpfulwhen we met her on embarkation day to review a few things and made areservation for us in the MDR for Sunday’s Gala Night dinner even though we wereDine as You Wish passengers. An Honor Bar is also available. · Luggage Direct: We signed up for this service a month or two before the cruise and it worked like a charm. We placed our luggage outside our cabin as required on Friday night and did not see it again until we claimed it at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. This enabled us to do a tour of the Chihuly Museum and Gardens (and lunch) after we disembarked on Saturday. The Museum and Gardens are completely amazing by the way. · Casino: Every time we do a cruise my wife always wins big on the slots. It’s just weird. This cruise was no exception. After about 30 minutes in the casino she won big so we quit and never went back. The Casino has all the usual games and slots you expect to find on any cruise ship. Somehow the space seemed much smaller to me compared to our last cruise which was on Oosterdam. · It was very nice to return home feeling rested and with almost no laundry. Did not feel like we needed a vacation to recover from a vacation. I think that was due in part to the structure of the itinerary. Just the right amount of time at sea vs. shore time. That’s it. Thanks for reading. If you have any questionsfire away, I’ll answer them.
  13. I just took an upsell from a balcony to a Signature Suite on my upcoming cruise in the Eurodam. There are 3 of us in the cabin. My Dad, sister and myself. I usually cruise in Obstructed Ocean. Usually there is one outlet on the vanity. How many outlets are there in the Signature suites? Both my sister and myself use a CPAP. Do they have any at the Bedside.
  14. I have a veranda on my cruise. Is it big enough to comfortably have room service there and if so, do they charge an upcharge for delivery?
  15. The Ruby Princess almost always leaves after the Eurodam but before the Bliss. And a vessel tracker app has a departure time for Eurodam as 518, a strange time, could they just be waiting for a late arriving pax?
  16. First time on HAL to Mexican Riviera in April during spring break. What are the differences between Lido Cabanas and Retreat Cabanas. I am travelling solo and the reason I was looking at a cabana is thanks to my family heritage I have enough English, Scots, Welsh, and Irish blood in me I can go from white to fire engine red in no time at all even with 100+ SPF sun block. I saw somewhere you can book in advance for the entire week. Not sure how many days I would use it though. I have been to all the ports so I may or may not stay on board. Sure, I could try to grab it for the day, but I am sure the week bookings take them up. If I do book for the week, would they allow me (I'm sure they would love this) to approach them and say I won't need it this day so you can sell if for the day if you wish? Just looking for a nice relaxed cruise. No yelling at the pool. No loud pool parties. Sorry I am jumping from RCCL to HAL.
  17. I don't think I'll need it but just in case because somebody a while back mentioned it was in the works, so I'm wondering if HAL ever moved on this?
  18. This roll call has now been set up and can be found by searching in find my roll call.
  19. I am trying to plot my rail trip to San Diego to coincide with when I can board. For a 5 PM sail time, how soon can I board. I live in Los Angeles and was going to take the train down since you can literally walk from the station to the cruise terminal.
  20. My Husband & I just returned from 7 nights onboard the Eurodam. A little background - we are seasoned cruisers ( ages 61 & 71) and have sailed primarily on Celebrity, Aqua Class & RCCL on the Oasis & Allure. We enjoy an elegant ship, comfortable & clean balcony accommodations, good food & service and good dance music. PROS: BB King Blues Club Band - FANTASTIC, The BAND( replaced HAL Cats), Greenhouse Spa - the Hydro Pool ( amazing & the weeks pass of $249 well worth it) , Tamarind-wonderful food, service & decor, MDR the food and service were excellent! We had open seating but made reservations for 7PM each night and they accommodated us in the same table each evening with the same wait staff. No lunches or breakfast in the MDR except the morning of disembarkation. Best disembarkation breakfast of any cruise. Our same table, they did NOT rush us and the service and food were excellent. Our favorite port - Half Moon Key is one of the prettiest, cleanest beaches. Disembarkation - very smooth CONS: Embarkation was very chaotic as was the muster drill - both unlike anything we have seen. The LIDO for breakfast & lunch ( we enjoy eating outside - reason for not going to MDR) was the worst of any buffet on any of our cruises. The set up, food selection( more mass than quality) , lack of silverware - should have been on the tables but most times was not, nor was it replaced when taken away. Very, very frustrating to say the least. One of our biggest complaints was the sewage odor in our cabin bath. It was awful & most obvious in the evening getting ready for dinner. Putting it mildly it was the most obnoxious smell. In addition many of the public bathrooms had a urine odor. Never saw an attendant cleaning! This crew is spread way to thin. We had the Signature Beverage Package & while not expecting top wines to be included the Santa Carolina was awful. HAL you need to do a lot better on this one!!! Last but not least the officers were the least warm & friendly of any we have sailed with. Our hope was to sail on the Nieuw Amsterdam same time next year ( our 30th Anniversary ) however, we are not sure and may keep our Celebrity sailing. Some of the things I've detailed were quite unexpected & left us with a bad taste. Yes, I did complete the survey & also contacted guest relations primarily re the sewage issue. Coincidentally came home with a nasty cough.
  21. First time sailing on HAL. Do any of the decks have overhang for balcony shade or are all balconies in full sun? We are planning on sailing of the Eurodam.
  22. Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam are making their final visit to Juneau for the season. Eurodam will be doing the Mexican Riviera and Hawaii cruises over the winter while Nieuw Amsterdam will be in the Caribbean (lots of good viewing for the addicts on the FLL webcams:D). The schedule shows that both will be back in Juneau on May 6, 2019. As usual, Eurodam will be at the AS dock and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Definitely the weather has gone downhill from last week!:eek: There is an 80% chance of rain although they are saying "light showers". The high will only be 55F/13C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:47 am and sunset at 6:51 pm. Other ships in port are Star Princess at the FKL dock from 0830-2200 and Coral Princess at the AJ dock from 0900-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam and Noordam on Tuesday.
  23. I was looking at the deck plans for the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, and did not see the Lido Cabanas, Did they do away with them?
  24. I would like to know the weekly price for spa access on this ship in Alaska this past season. I am going end of September and might enjoy using the thermal spa etc. as we have been on this same itinerary before and will have extra ship time. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  25. Hello all, I'm new to cruising and will be going on my first trip out here in a few weeks. I had a few questions regarding the neptune suites on the Eurodam, specifically 6104. Thank you in advance! Power outlets- I've heard mixed reviews on how many outlets are available in the Neptune suites. There will be three of us in the room and I'm afraid we wont have enough. I know we cannot bring anything with a surge protector, but is a small extension cord ok? Personal fans- again I've heard mixed opinions. Are small plug in fans allowed? If not, are there fans available to request? We need it for the air circulation more than the noise. Do I need to try and find a battery powered one? And last - is the temperature on the ship itself cooler? We're going to Alaska so I'm expecting to be cool outside, but I absolutely freeze in most offices/ supermarkets. Am I going to need to wear my jacket around inside and outside? Thank you everyone!:)
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