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  1. This may have already been mentioned but---- looking at the deck plans, it appears that 8118 is NOT under the uncarpeted area of the Lido deck....however it IS under an uncarpeted area of the dining area of the Lido Marketplace....every night between around 9:30 & 10:30, there is a lot of chair scraping!!! BEWARE! --- I don't know if the same is true for the cabin on the starboard side of the ship
  2. Several years ago on the Noordam, I was able to check out an MP3 player with a narrated art/history tour of the ship. It was very interesting and I’d like to do that on the Eurodam. I expect it works differently now so - has anyone done this lately? How and where can we get it? Thanks!
  3. I've seen a few comments and read some reviews discussing excessive vibration in some of the aft cabins on Eurodam. Has anyone experienced this? Specifically, we're in cabin 6167 on an upcoming Eurodam sailing. Anyone had this specifc cabin before, or any of the deck 6 aft inside cabins near 6167? Interested in hearing your experiences in any of these cabins. Thanks!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Has anyone sailed before and after the Eurodam's dry dock? Wondering what changes were made? Thanks!
  7. What is the difference other than deck location and price?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I have booked a cruise on the Eurodam and looking at Cabin VA4134. Any comments you may have as to space, layout, location and noise would be greatly appreciated. A photo would be a bonus. Thanks a bunch!
  12. About to get off the Eurodam. The Captain announced that since Hurricane Willa is forecast to hit Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta this week, they’re changing the itinerary to SF, San Pedro, Catalina, and Ensenada for the Mexico 7-day leaving October 21. The ship also suddenly tilted severely this morning at 05:30, with crashing heard from destroyed plates and glasses in the dining rooms. To add insult to injury, they’re getting a surprise CDC inspection.
  13. I have read about Cabanas on the Eurodam. We are cruising out of Seattle on 5/25/19 through 6/1/19. We have booked an Oceanview cabin. Wondering if a cabana makes sense. Are they located where you could sit more comfortably and view the scenery? Also, there are 4 of us, do we need a family retreat cabana?
  14. We will be sailing the Eurodam out of San Diego and requested wheelchair assistance with boarding. We have not needed this before so it would be helpful to have some information on how it works. My husband can not walk long distances or stand for long periods of time. Can anyone tell me where we get the wheelchair...Does someone meet us outside and take us thru security to the checkin desk? Then will they help to board us? Do they take you to your cabin? Also any information about when we disembark would also be helpful. We plan on staying onboard during the cruise.
  15. 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.....
  16. 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?
  17. Hello! Starting up a forum for this sailing. I'm 65, female, married, traveling solo on my first cruise. Lynne
  18. 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?
  19. 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?
  20. Has anyone stayed in one of these on Deck Ten? If so, what did you like and not like? Thanks.
  21. I am booked on Eurodam in suite 8165. I as advised of this cabin from someone who I cannot mention on the boards that I have trusted in the past on cabin selection. He suggested 8165 has a glass railing rather than a solid one. I just noticed on HAL's website it is under the Lido Deck pool area. Is this going to be an issue noise wise?
  22. 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.
  23. What can we expect in the way of daily entertainment on Eurodam ?:rolleyes: TIA
  24. The Juneau season is winding down with only four days of HAL visits this week. Eurodam will be at the AS dock and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Those who waited to go to Juneau this week made a wise choice as the weather is supposed to be beautiful with little chance of rain for the next week! There is a 0% chance of rain on Monday with sunny skies. The high will be 62F/17C and the low a bracing 34F/1C. Sunrise is at 6:32 am and sunset at 7:11 pm. The only other ship in port is Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam on Tuesday.
  25. hey guys, will be going to Hawaii next feb on 17 nights cruise on Eurodam, i went with royal carribbean to bahamas on a 4 days cruse and it was great, except the food was ok, entertainment was not bad. just wondering how it will be with HAL for people who went with Eurodam to hawaii before, i know HAL has larger older group of travelers compare to other cruise line. Just want to hear what you guys think of HAL, especially with Eurodam for the food and entertainment part. Thanks!
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