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  1. I just spotted the Eurodam sailing into San Diego at 6 PM on 28 April. Unusual to see a ship arriving at this time of day. I noticed that on the official San Diego port schedule she was not due into San Diego until tomorrow (29 April) and was supposed to be in Ensenada today for its Jones act stop as part of its Hawaii round trip. Does anyone know why the schedule changed? Here is a picture of the Neiuw Amsterdam heading south from San Diego and the Eurodam heading north into San Diego Bay (6 PM on April 28th)
  2. Has anyone been in this cabin? Photos? Was the cabin larger than normal verandas? Any reviews?
  3. We were on the 28 day cruise to Hawaii and Tahiti last month on the Eurodam and I just wanted to make a comment about the musicians of Lincoln Center Stage. We have attended performances on other ships but found this particular quintet to be the best ever. Not only do they make wonderful music together ("I am here with my friends!"), they are very personable. We spoke with all of them at one time or another during the cruise and found them to all have a great sense of humor and they are a great group of gentlemen. Even if chamber music is not your thing, make sure you take in at least a few of their concerts if you get the chance. Whether they are playing Beethoven or Buble or Led Zeppelin, you will enjoy it! (They will be on the Eurodam for the next couple of months.)
  4. Embarkation: Easy easy. As a Neptune Suite guest, we had priority check in and embarkation in group A. Staterooms were available as soon as we boarded. Stateroom 6175: is an aft corner suite. Large double vanity sink toilet, tub with shower and shower stall. Dressing room, ample storage. Food: Amazing. Sadly, no escargot unless you did Rudy’s at the Pinnacle night. Did not overstuff you. Portions were excellent. On the Lido they portioned out. I loved that. Pinnacle breakfast is the same as the main dining room but for Neptune and higher guests. Pinnacle lunch was genuinely nice. Tamarind is worth every cent to pay for dinner for a five-course menu. Bars: Were not overpriced. All bars were incredibly quiet. Entertainment: No production shows but since we were going to the Mexican Riviera, we had Mexican Ambassadors that taught us culture and history of Mexico with a Mexican folk-dance performance. Overall crew: The crew was fantastic. Everyone including maintenance greeted you. If you walked down a corridor and the stateroom attendant saw you they greeted you by name. If it was not your attendant, they still said hello to you. Final Thought: We were so impressed we are looking at a 16 night Panama Canal Fort Lauderdale to San Diego January 2020 on the Rotterdam.
  5. We are looking at cabins inside cabins 8060 and 8056 n the Eurodam. Does anyone know if they have sofa? A room without a sofa is a deal-breaker for us. Thanks Marcia
  6. Hi y'all, Redneck Bob here. Well saddle up partners, I mean fellow CC members, and come along for the final ride into the sunset with me and the Mrs on our Grand Cruise to Hawaii (with two stops at Walmart) and the South Pacific; March 09 to April 06, 2019. That right, after +40 years of cruising and +80 cruises we are hangin it up. Someone asked me, "RNB, how do you know how many cruises you took", for which I replied, "It is very simple, got a CAT scan a month ago across my belly and there were these rings, like tree rings, and each ring represented a cruise" . But this was such a great cruise we may continue with one more cruise. Oh, I forgot, these are my opinions only, do not reflect the opinion of others, names were changed to protect me and based on another thread there were folks on this cruise that did not like it, BUT we did! So here is my story. Embarkation: We arrive in San Diego the morning of departure and when we got to the cruise terminal at 11 AM there was a HUGE line. After getting our docs we sat in a HUGE area with 4 & 5 star Mariners. Found out there were over 575 mariners with 4/5 stars and 5 Presidential Class with a couple with +2,000 days! What was really impressive was that we did laundry 5 times, each day turned it in by 9 AM and received it back that nite everytime. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabin: Instead for opting for one of those double wide inside cabins we spent the big bucks for a balcony. It was worth it plus had two great cabin attendants! And the movie selection on the TV. Made those sea days go by fast. Food: MDR was ok; service excellent. Exec Chef had problems with the beef brought onboard in San Diego; tuff and stringy; but got better after Papeete when new food was brought on board. But the Taramind was excellent. Best service and food at a Specialty venue in all our cruises; and the PG was not bad either. Someone asked me, "RNB, did you gain any weight", for which I replied, "A LOT!". I further stated, "If I could figure how to rest my head on my belly I would not have to buy another My Pillow"! The South Pacific: greatest place to go on earth. The snorkel trips we took were stunning; swimming with the sharks, stingrays, viewing coral. No other place like it on earth except maybe my pond in my backyard. And what was great is the CC members set up tours of their own that were half the price of HAL. Biggest bargain was in Moorea; HAL charged $179.95 pp for 5 hour snorkel and lunch tour, beer $5 extra per bottle; our tour the same including beer and 6 hours for $70 pp. Thanks G&G! Entertainment: Just ok, some good ones, some duds. But no more singers and dancers and I think the Band is next since they do not perform outside the showroom anymore. Disembarkation: Late as usually in San Diego, but nothing to get upset about. Tried to keep it short. Great cruise experience ! "I'm Redneck Bob and I see it like I tell, I mean tell it like I see it" PS: Forget to mention in the title I confront a "Great White Shark". Just an eye catcher. Actually snorkeled with the huge person who use to play for the San Jose Sharks
  7. I read the CC review of the Eurodam and it says the buffet has a salad area where they will mix a salad for you. There were always salad bars on my previous HAL cruises. Has that changed? I understand the whole cleanliness thing about them serving food to you in the buffet, but I really like making my own salad. Thanks in advance for any information. 😎
  8. It's 535 am and watching the ship arrive from the wyndham hotel.
  9. Forgive me for asking questions that have probably been answered, but I’ve been away from CC for awhile and I can’t seem to find anything when I do searches. I just booked a cruise on the Eurodam. I haven’t sailed with HAL in a few years. A couple questions: How much does HAL charge for a single liter bottle of water? I’m trying to decide on the value of the water package. ( I know tap water is perfectly fine.) Does the Eurodam have an unlimited WiFi package? If so, how much is it and does it work well? Does HAL let you pay your daily gratuities with OBC? I seem to recall that I’ve done this before, but I was recently on another cruise line that didn’t allow it. Do do they serve lunch in the MDR every day or just sea days? Thank you in advance. Much appreciated.
  10. Hello! Heading out on my first HAL cruise next week and very excited! When I booked our cabin, I was excited to see we were just a few steps away from the Atrium Bar. We're traveling with family, so I thought it would be a good spot to meet up and have drinks. However, in my research I've found different things about the bar- not serving? Evening hours? Smoothie bar? Could someone give me current info on when and if it's serving drinks? Thanks!
  11. We are starting to plan a return trip to Alaska. Our first one was on the Eurodam and we absolutely loved it. Just saw Oosterdam has a slightly different itinerary and a tad more expensive. So my question is has anyone tried both and which did you prefer and why? We just look forward to relaxing and try the different dining options.
  12. We leave in 11 days. Can anyone remember a list of onbaord tv channels and if the Neptune Suites have DVD players (US Format of course) and CD players?
  13. We leave for the Eurodam out of San Diego in exactly 14 days and if all goes well we would have boarded by now, had a nice lunch, and enjoying or nice Aft corner Neptune Suite veranda. I cannot sleep, cannot focus on anything but the cruise. Is this normal? How will I survive the next two weeks.
  14. What non-alcoholic beer is served on Eurodam / HAL? Although I still occasionally drink wine and liquor, I have switched to non-alcoholic beer. My fave is Clausthaler, with Beck's coming in second. http://www.clausthaler.com/ I have tricked my beer-loving friends into thinking Clausthaler is a craft beer. It's perfect when I "feel like a beer" or when I want something different than water, tea, coffee. Here in Texas you can find it at Specs and Total Wine (I always call first) and more rarely, some HEB grocery stores. I would guess that I could bring on my own non-alcoholic beer since... Via goog, on a 3'rd party web site about what beverages are allowed to be brought on board HAL >> Bottled Water and soda is also allowed (no limit) as long as you carry it on board with you on embarkation day. I tried to find answer to this on Know Before You Go PDF, but only saw the info about how 1 bottle of wine is OK then more at $18 per bottle. So much to read and learn as a first-time HAL cruiser!
  15. For the Eurodam, I've been trying to decipher, but seem to be getting conflicting info so hopefully someone can help me a bit. All these levels (VF, VH, VE, and VD) appear to be guarantee cabins. From there, I know that VF can give one of the steel railing balconies, so we are going to avoid booking those. What are the differences between VH, VE, and VD? I see that VH is only the Upper Promenade. VE could be Upper Promenade, Rotterdam, or Navigation deck. And VD could be Upper Verandah or Rotterdam. I've read that some have deeper balconies, but I'm uncertain as to which (and is that true of all the decks...say VD has the deeper decks - is that both Upper Verandah and Rotterdam???) and I thought that I read somewhere that some of the classes could have a partial obstruction by a lifeboat, which we hope to avoid also, so could anyone clarify which class that is? We are working with a tighter budget, but want to make the best choice...I would hate to economize not knowing what the difference is and then regret it once we are on our cruise. Thank you for any help/insights.
  16. We are thinking of doing our own informal Meet & Greet on the Eurodam. We would like to do it on the first sea day (Sunday) at 10 AM. Since we have heard that the Crows Nest is now much smaller, is there another place(s) on the Eurodam to hold an informal meeting for about 20-30 people? We were thinking perhaps the Canaletto dining area or maybe the Lido pool area. Any thoughts/suggestions?
  17. Sorry to sound like a nervous Nelly here but I am just excited being 29 days out of our cruise. We did the upgrade from a Veranda to a SB Neptune. I hate to ask all of this to the suite steward and looking like a, pardon the expression, crass American Nouveau riche. While we are carrière pauvres we are looking forward to our cruise. Are there any perks on board for being in a Neptune Suite. A couple of questions are: 1. With our beautiful veranda, how is the breakfast in the room? The problem with room service (having majored in hotel management) is keeping the temperature and quality like it should be and being Mexico how humid is it going to be. We will be on the Riviera side. A few years ago we had a balcony on RCCL on the Caribbean side and even went as far as Belize and we could hardly stand to be on the balcony it was so hot (in December) and humid. 2. How does the Neptune Lounge work? 3. Do we have preferred showroom seats? 4. There is no butler is there? God I hope not. I wouldn't know what to do with one. I am reminded of Tim Curry on Clue when he was asked what you do as a butler and he responded with, "I buttle, sir." 5. With the bathtub is it worth bringing some fizzy bath bombs or do those not work with the ship's plumbing system? Is it big enough for two? Anything else we should know.
  18. I am seeing links on line that there is breakfast for Neptune Suite and higher occupants in the Pinnacle grill. A couple of questions: 1. Is this true? 2. Is there an upcharge like lunch and dinner? 3. What is the menu like? 4. What is the difference between here, Lido, or Main Dining Room for breakfast?
  19. Can anyone who has recently been on the Eurodam tell me what table games are in the Casino?
  20. Although not quite *live* yet - we should be by tomorrow as the Eurodam sails into San Diego for the 28 day March 9th departure. This trip is a Bucket List cruise for us and planned for the past 2 years — still can’t quite believe the sailing is almost here! Yesterday we arrived in San Diego from the frozen tundra of the Midwest and even though cool enough that native San Diegoans have been sporting hats and gloves we found the 50s temperatures to feel quite lovely. We had no issues with our flight arriving right on time, with an easy taxi commute to our stay at the Horton Grand Hotel in the Gaslamp district. Our luggage even managed to follow us in a timely manner. The cost from the airport to the hotel was $12.00 minus tip. Upon arriving at the Horton we found our rooms to be ready another pleasant surprise! So after checking-in we took our luggage up to our room and set out for some lunch and an afternoon touring the USS Midway. The Midway is an easy 15 min walk from the Horton so no taxi needed on this jaunt. There are many restaurants to choose from in the Gaslamp district and for lunch we chose the Kansas City Barbeque which was quite good. The Midway is well worth a visit. We then returned to the hotel tired and ready to grab a quick dinner and go to bed. This morning we walked about 5 min to a wonderful local cafe the Cafe 221 for breakfast then took a taxi to the San Diego Zoo. $12 from the Horton minus tips, another $12.00 back to the hotel. Would highly suggest https://www.gosandiego.com/ and purchase a combo ticket for the Midway and the Zoo if ever interested in doing this while in San Diego, you can save about 20%. Back to the hotel to relax and prepare for the Eurodam’s arrival in the am. We do plan to purchase the internet package so keeping fingers crossed the ship’s net will keep me blogging as we sail for Hawaii/Tahiti/Marquesas over the next 28 days. Following are some pics of the Horton Grand and our lovely breakfast at the Cafe 221. The Mr. ordered the biscuits and gravy, and I ordered their Blueberry Cornmeal waffle.
  21. There are 2 blue hulled beauties sailing for this one. One in Port Everglades and one in San Diego. Makes you wish the San Diego webcam was of better quality when you see the itinerary that these excited CC’ers are going on. The Oosterdam is doing a JoCo charter and will be at pier 26: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (09 Mar d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Mar 0800-1600); Tortola, British Virgin Islands (12 Mar 1000-1900); San Juan, Puerto Rico (13 Mar 0800(+1)0100); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Mar a0700) Other ships in port are the Independence Of The Seas (pier 18), Celebrity Infinity (pier 19) and Caribbean Princess (pier 02). The webcams can be found at https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Eurodam is sailing out of San Diego on the 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas: San Diego, California (09 Mar d1700); Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii (15 Mar 0700-1800); Hilo, Hawaii (16 Mar 0800-1800); Fanning Island, Kiribati (20 Mar 0800-1700); Bora Bora, French Polynesia (23 Mar a0800); Raiatea, French Polynesia (25 Mar 0800-1800); Moorea, French Polynesia (26 Mar 0700-1800); Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia (26 Mar a2100); Fakarava, French Polynesia (28 Mar 0800-1700); Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia (30 Mar 0800-1700); San Diego, California (06 Apr a0700) The webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com For the Addicts: The Zuiderdam is in Aruba and the Koningsdam in St Maarten. The webcam for Aruba is located https://www.portarubawebcam.com The webcam for St Maarten is located at https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com Next up are the Zuiderdam in Port Everglades and the Rotterdam in Tampa on March 10th, 2019.
  22. My TA called me about upgrading to either a Signature Suite or a Neptune Suite. The price is not in the equation. We have a Veranda stateroom now. What is the difference between the two suites and the perks. I am going to give my response tomorrow before 8 AM PST. GO!
  23. We are considering booking the starboard side aft-wrap on Deck 8 of the Eurodam (8173). It is for a 7 day warm weather cruise. My question - is the smoking area on Deck 9 on the starboard side on the Eurodam and if so, do you think we will experience smoke from above into our deck and cabin? Anyone have any experience with this situation on the Eurodam?
  24. Just too many CC friends listed to get them all on the title of the thread so I hope everyone reads to see all their CC friends that are sailing. I know a few of mine are. This is always a great cruise to do, a bucket list for many. We hope our CC friends enjoy GREAT weather, sunny skies and every moment of their cruise and, of course, we wish them all safe travels, fair winds & smooth seas. Bon Voyage to Eurodam - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas: Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana DeeniEncinitas ArtsyCraftsy - enjoy your bunch of bucket list places gigianne Skipper's Mom Next One Rockers2 ski ww Shmoo here Bon Voyage everyone!!!!!! Have a great cruise and a WONDERFUL time!!!!
  25. Hi, very occasional cruiser (4, taken over 20+ years). I've always go straight to CC forums for info when I'm looking! I was thinking it was about time for the bucket list Alaska cruise when I saw HAL's reduced deposit promotion and decided to go ahead an do it. I've narrowed things down quite a bit and I'm looking at either the Koningsdam or Eurodam in late May 2020. The same standard Veranda in generally the same location is just about the same on each ship. The itinerary is slightly different, Eurodam sails from Seattle so there is a day at sea, while the Koningsdam has inside passage on two days, up and back from Vancouver. Eurodam does Sitka, Koningsdam does Skagway. We want to see Tracy Arm -- Koningsdam has a drop off for an excursion on the way to Juneau, whereas Eurodam says it sails up the Stephens Passage straight to Juneau, but we can catch an excursion from Juneau to Tracy Arm. So, there doesn't appear to be a ton of difference in itinerary, but maybe I'm missing something since we've never been to the area. I don't think we can go wrong, but I'd appreciate any feedback people have, especially people who have sailed on the Eurodam and Koningsdam (I know the Koningsdam hasn't sailed to Alaska before). Thanks everybody!
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