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  1. Our Signature Sisters are back in Juneau for their second visit of the season. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200 and Eurodam at the AS dock from 1300-2300. Other ships in port are Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215 and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. Best HAL day in Juneau of the season so far. There is a 0% chance of rain and there might even be some sun peeking out of the clouds. High temperature will be 66F/19C and a low of 43F/6C. Sunrise is at 4:37 am and sunset at 9:11 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  2. Hi all, DH and I will be taking our first cruise (ever!) to Alaska in June and I'm trying to determine if the Eurodam pool is covered for the Alaskan itineraries? I think I read somewhere it is covered. Also, for those who have traveled to Alaska on the Eurodam, did you find you actually used the pool? I'm trying to decide if packing swimsuits for DH and I is worth it. Thanks!
  3. Hi All! We were offered Eurodam Obstructed Oceanview 4099. Any idea if we'll be able to see over the top of the lifeboat? I did some searches but can't find any pictures of this cabin. Thoughts? Experience? Thanks in advance.
  4. 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)
  5. Bon Voyage everyone sailing on the Eurodam today for Alaska! I haven't cruised on HAL in 11 years so if anyone could take time to take pictures of the Where & When daily guide and MDR menus for this week that'd be great. Also, if they do any drink specials, how much bingo costs, and how your cabin is. I'm going on June 8 same cruise booked in an unknown balcony room. :) Hope you all have a wonderful time and thank you in advance! I'm also interested in the Relaxation room for the week. If anyone does that please let me know how you liked it, if the hydrospa was busy, saunas/etc. Thank you so much. Teri in AZ
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. I'm not going to pay good money for a cruise and come on the forum with nothing but complaints. The cruise was great. The crew was great. When problems arose they handled it. I just have some comments that may be helpful. Before the cruise we looked into the text and phone plans offered. My wife called AT & T and came out with a $50 plan that gives no limit texting and 50 minutes phone at sea. This was apart from HAL plans. The plan would have been great if it had just worked. All the texts we sent would not work if the person sent to had an ipad. Only one of our daughters got the tests and had to relay our info to all the others. Also before the cruise I saw on this forum that the Arizona Memorial was once again open. My wife lost 2 of her uncles on the Arizona so I signed up for the Pearl Harbor/Mighty Mo excursion. Only to find out the memorial was not open. The park has a fine memorial to those in the Pearl Harbor attack. But for the Arizona Memorial you are jammed into a small boat and taken close to it but not on it. I did so want to pay tribute to my wife's uncles by walking on that platform above the sunk ship and taking the picture of their names on the plaque. If you are a licensed ham radio operator you can contact the station on the Battleship Missouri KH6BB web site as I did. They gave me permission to operate their radio club station and talk to my friends in Kentucky. We worked out a sked and they were waiting for me. Best part of the whole trip for me. That was our 50th state we have visited. Bucket list complete. Richard Mc Kinney WB4VFN
  9. 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
  10. Has anyone been in this cabin? Photos? Was the cabin larger than normal verandas? Any reviews?
  11. Can some one tell us what the up charge is for dining in Tamarind Restaurant on Eurodam TIA
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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. 😎
  15. Hi everyone, below are links to the first and second posts from my trip report on the Eurodam. There are plenty of photos and a few more posts coming in the next week. Enjoy. Post 1: https://cruisingrobsblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/eurodam-coastal-trip-review.html Post 2: https://cruisingrobsblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/eurodam-coastal-trip-review-ship-decor.html
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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?
  20. It's 535 am and watching the ship arrive from the wyndham hotel.
  21. 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.
  22. Taking my finicky sister (Regent cruiser) on the Eurodam soon and also taking advantage of my "free" Pinnacle dinners. DH and I in the long past have found the Pinnacle on just about any HAL ship to remain highly inconsistent. We have tried working my way around the menu hoping to find a sure thing, but more often than not come away disappointed. So any recent reports about the Eurodam Pinnacle and what might be the hits along with the unfortunate misses. Realizing that chefs and staff change all the time, so we may find an entirely new crew a month from now. Thanks.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. We just sailed the Eurodam from 1/6/19 to 1/13/19. Background- 12 in our group from 16 to 82 of extended family, 5 cabins. This is my 9th cruise but first on HAL. I have been on Carnival, Celebrity and RCL. 8 of us live in SoCal, 2 in SF and 2 in Oregon. Most of us are well traveled. Internet- My SIL bought middle tier on embarkation Sunday it was $99.99 for the entire cruise. I bought the middle tier just after midnight at about 1 AM Monday and it was $89.99 for the duration of cruise. For the most part the internet worked well all over the ship but at times it would be spotty or stop working for a bit. Checking in water- We checked in 3 flats of water, no problem. They were delivered to our cabins. One flat was still intact at the end of the cruise and my brother checked it as luggage for debarkation. The water was delivered in tact with our luggage on arrival and at baggage claim on debarkation. Entertainment- BB King- Great band, very talented musicians, especially the trumpet player. The female was ill and only sang the last night. Billboard- Fun piano bar duo, the male had just got on board when we did. Lincoln Center- Again great musicians Stage Shows- Enjoyed 1000 Steps, not so crazy about One World. 4 in our group left One World after about 3 minutes. Comedian excellent. Really enjoyed the BBC Earth with live orchestra. I did not see the magician or the show the final night that was the comedian and magician with new material. Activities- Really enjoyed the Mexican ambassadors. Great entertainment with the folkloric shows. Not much of interest to our group in the AM on sea days. No morning trivia like all other lines I have been on. It seemed that all of the activities we would enjoy were lumped at the same time in the afternoon. This is one area this ship could be improved. Food- Loved that at the buffet the staff serves the majority of the food. I dislike using the same serving utensils as hundreds as other people so this was a biggie to us. We all agreed that the food was great in both the Lido and the MDR. Great fries at Dive In. Tried a piece of pizza and it was OK. Compared to Carnival, Celebrity and RCL, we all agreed this was the best food we have had. Liked that there was a legitimate late night buffet each night from 10:30 to 11:30. Staff- Incredibly friendly and accommodating. Top end of what we have experienced on other lines. I have no complaints about the staff, they were really amazing. Other guests- I was expecting an older crowd but it was actually skewed more to middle age, with some younger and some older. There were about 1/3 the number of kids on the ship per our waiter vs. the holiday weeks prior to ours. Kids running around at the pool was a bit dangerous and no one said anything. Ship- nice small size and in very good shape. No smoking indoors!!!! Cabins- I was in an obstructed OV. The view was mostly of one of the shorter life boats so we could see light and some things over the life boat. The cabin seemed smaller than other ships but the bathroom was much better with a tub, room to actually move around some. Lots of cabinets and storage, we did not even need it all. TV- I did not watch much but there was a very good selection of live TV, movies, America's Test Kitchen, etc. plus the dinner menu. I was on one ship with so little TV it became a joke that I kept watching the same episode of Big Bank Theory over and over in various languages! Question, please ask...... Jen
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