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  1. We are on the eurodam for a16 day Hawaiian cruise Just wondering how much the laundry services is and it per person or per room. and any other info related to the subject. Thank you .
  2. JCBAY4

    VF 8160 Eurodam

    Has anyone stayed in this room? Thanks!
  3. 57redbird

    Eurodam cabin 8118

    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
  4. We will be sailing on Eurodam Dec 9th for a 7 night Mexican Riviera cruise & wondering if there is a free mens sauna on the ship ? TIA
  5. mcrcruiser

    Tamarind on Eurodam

    Can some one tell us what the up charge is for dining in Tamarind Restaurant on Eurodam TIA
  6. My DH and I cruised the Eurodam Sea of Cortez Nov. 29-Dec. 9. Embarkation: We drove to San Diego Nov. 28, staying at the Best Western Yacht Harbor, where we left our car. We have used this hotel a number of times and have been pleased. There are restaurants across the street. It was raining hard on sailing day and embarkation was chaotic. The Eurodam: We sailed her in 2009 and found her to be just as beautiful this cruise. She is in excellent condition throughout. Thank you to Kakalina for organizing a huge Meet & Greet! Stateroom: We were in an SS Suite and appreciated the spacious accommodations and large verandah. Stewards Agung and Dian quickly learned our routine. We used Room Service for breakfast everyday and were pleased to have the original a la carte menu. The room was on the cold side which was fine for me, though DH complained. The last sea day I changed the thermostat and we both got allergy symptoms. (Cruise Crud?)....we felt great the entire cruise, though. Dining: We chose early fixed seating this cruise and were assigned the table I always wanted: #77 table for 2 on the railing overlooking the lower dining floor. It was a great location and stewards Dede and Farthurmuin kept the service flowing, sometimes we finished in just over an hour! Wine Steward Evelyn tried hard to sell us a wine package (which we always purchase, but decided to forgo this time.) To please her I did order a glass of wine one night. We ate in the MDR 6 nights and were pleasantly surprised with the menus and variety. There were no chilled soups (always my favorite) on the menu. This was our 3rd HAL cruise this year and the menu seems to be more streamlined with each cruise. I stuck with fish and some excellent Mexican offerings and was pleased. DH ordered duck and was amazed at how good it was! First Gala night had my favorite escargot. We ate at the Dive In on a sea day and it is always great. Didn’t really use the Lido due to our port intensive itinerary: 6 days in a row. I did make a point of having bread pudding with ice cream. I had to ask where it was located…the ice cream server prepared it from the covered dish behind the ice cream station. We used our 5 Star Mariner benefit to dine in the Pinnacle twice. It is so disappointing; we have rarely been impressed with the noisy ambiance or cuisine. I ordered Crab Legs, which were terrible. At least I enjoyed crab cakes and the lemon tart. King Salmon the first night was perfect. We dined twice at the Tamarind, which was fantastic! DH commented it was the best steak he ever had on a ship. Each time we had the same table and wonderful servers: Ing Ing and Linda. The maitre’d is Linda, who was so warm and welcoming. Excursions: my goal was to snorkel as much as possible on ship excursions. Chileano Bay in Cabo, Balandra Bay in La Paz and Las Calletas in Puerto Vallarta. We took our favorite excursion in Mazatlan: Estuaries and Bird Watching highly recommend this one. We walked around in Loreto and enjoyed lunch on the plaza. Same for the 2nd day in Puerto Vallarta. Also visited our favorite shop: Indigina . This was our 8th time to Mexico. Entertainment: 3 Show Cast performances were good…imaginative choreography and set design. Ventriloquist Mike Robinson was outstanding…I have seen him on other ships. He is very talented and funny. Singer Karen Grainer was good, as was comedian Bud Anderson. Mike Siegel , not so good. Mexican Ambassador Edgar gave excellent talks, and dancers performed by the pool several times. Disembarkation: the smoothest ever from San Diego! There were a few annoyances, but overall it was a great cruise!
  7. We are sailing Dec 9 ,2018 on Eurodam to Mexico .Wondering how the main shows are on the ship . Do they have 2 or 3 nights of the singers & dancers interspersed with comedians & others acts . What did you see & how did you like the entertainment ? TIA
  8. Hi Everyone! Does anyone have a copy or photo of the daily newsletter (any day), they’re willing to share from a past 2018 Eurodam cruise? TIA
  9. Chrisfromco

    Vow Renewal Eurodam

    Hi everyone! I was able to purchase a vow renewal package through our online account on HAL. This will be for the December 9th Mexico sailing. Does anyone know if I should contact HAL to arrange any other details, or is it just a set time that the ship determines? The package states that it includes dinner at the Pinnacle Grill and a photo with the Captain. It was surprisingly inexpensive. Anything else I should be aware of? It's just the two of us celebrating. Thanks in advance for your help!
  10. Crusinsusan2

    Eurodam cabin 4178

    Booked this cabin for our upcoming Sea of Cortez. Can't seem find any info on the balcony size or what type of patio furniture will be provided. Thanks much for any information you could provide. Susan
  11. luvn2cruzzz

    Eurodam after dry dock

    Has anyone sailed before and after the Eurodam's dry dock? Wondering what changes were made? Thanks!
  12. ScottC4746

    Eurodam 8165

    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?
  13. CallMeLou

    Eurodam Stateroom VA4134

    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!
  14. What is the difference other than deck location and price?
  15. 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.
  16. lynneranney

    Eurodam January 13, 2019

    Hello! Starting up a forum for this sailing. I'm 65, female, married, traveling solo on my first cruise. Lynne
  17. The biggest take away from our Mexican Riviera Eurodam cruise (we just got home last night) is that we are not southern climate cruisers at all. While we like sitting around a pool in the sun, reading our books, and having a drink, we found the concept on a cruise ship just too darned crowded and noisy. Comparing this cruise to our past sun holidays to the Mayan Riviera stays at the Royal Hideaway, this turned out to be a bust for us. We like things quiet and no crowds and this was not at all what we found on the Eurodam. Overall the staff on board were lovely and very helpful (one big exception will be mentioned later concerning the Spa). Our room stewards were beyond excellent. Our booking at the Retreat Cabana for the week was hit and miss for service. We found service there slow generally to the point that we would go get our own food and drink. When one fellow was on shift, service was as described on CC. However the one big plus was it got us away from the crowds and noise so I shouldn't complain about lack of service. It was our haven from the hub bub on the ship. We found the noise level in the main dining room uncomfortably loud for fine dining. My husband has hearing issues and the noise made it uncomfortable sitting through a meal. Food was pretty good, but not excellent. Service was excellent and timely. Lido was fine for breakfast. We had one meal in the Pinnacle. Service was excellent, but food not as good as the main dining room. My Salmon was a huge serving of bland salmon that I assume must have been farmed salmon versus wild salmon. We are from the Pacific Northwest and know our salmon. My husband had a mediocre steak. We observed a fellow at the next table who had ordered a 23 oz. mega sized steak leaving most of it due to grizzle. On our past Alaska cruise, we booked the Thermal Suite package and used it at least twice daily. We bought it for this cruise and used it twice only due to malfunctioning ceramic beds (the best part of the package for us). We reported it twice to Spa staff on our first day who told us that two of the beds had no heat on purpose and the beds were not malfunctioning. Two of the beds were so hot that one had to put heavy layers of towels down to keep from being burned. So that left two working beds. So lineups for the beds weren't tolerable and we abandoned using our pass after two attempts. The General Service Desk called when we went down to complain and said the clerk said she would call the the Spa Manager and told me to tell her my concerns as they were a franchise and they could do nothing. After having a loud public conversation with people staring at me whilst they waited in line (phone was line breaking up and I couldn't hear her and wound up speaking so loudly that it was embarrassing to deal with in public), she said her manager would call me. She did and bottom line said no refund. Terrible in my opinion that HAL wouldn't advocate for us over the issue. So buyer beware concerning spa services. Disembarkation was fast and organized. A little tedious getting on. Our hotel the Wyndham Bayside was very convenient to the ship (right across the street). Very noisy room as we asked for the view and I tried to sleep with the patio door open as I am not a fan of air conditioning for the whole night. Room was nice and comfortable and staff were pleasant. However, they have two people in the lobby that sell travel packages that accost people each and every time they walk by morning til night. It was to the point before we walked by I would say to my husband "look the other way and and avoid all eye contact". It was horrible and I'm not sure why the hotel allows it, but it seems to be connected to their rewards system. We spent one more night at the Wyndham Bayside before flying home and fasted the same sales pitch each time we walked by the lobby. We were going to tour Old Town and when we arrived at Old Town we found my husband's wallet was missing. We had sat outside the hotel at a patio table while waiting for Uber. So we promptly called Uber and headed back to the Wyndham and by the Grace of God, my husband's wallet was sitting at the back of the chair he had sat in. Using Uber in San Diego was our first Uber experience and we were quite impressed with its speedy arrival and reasonable price. Getting hubby's wallet back was a highlight of the cruise lol. We flew home on Alaska Air first class and decided as we sipped our drinks that we perhaps just aren't cruise people. Even though we loved our Alaska Cruise on HAL last year. This cruise had a very crowded feel from the get go, and just wasn't suited to us. I am not a whiner and really don't have unrealistic expectations, but we paid a lot of money for this cruise and it was probably a 5 on the scale of 1 to 10. We are both 70 years of age so maybe all of my comments are based on getting old? My advice to people is to think about whether you are a cruiser personality or not. We are very quiet people and this just wasn't to our liking. It seemed to me the biggest activity on board was people eating non stop, and we found we ate too much out of boredom. I would rather stay at a nice resort and take day trips. We did love San Diego. Loved our tour of USS Midway and I shed more than one tear talking with the veterans on board. It was a beautiful city and next time I think we would just fly down and stay at the del Coronado Hotel and relax.
  18. We have a guaranteed Signature Suite Category SY -- I think because we booked it only three months out. We had gone on Eurodam to Mexican Riviera in October but ended up going up to San Francisco down the California Coast due to hurricane activity threatening the Mexican Riviera. So, with the credit we got from them on a future cruise, we decided to try late January hoping to leave nasty weather up here in the foothills of Northern California for the sunny skies of Mexico! We booked the Signature Suite SY but the stateroom has yet to be assigned. Has anyone had experience with this situation before? Contract says they have to give us SY or better. Hoping, ha, to get an upgrade to Neptune or Pinnacle!!!
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. Has anyone stayed in one of these on Deck Ten? If so, what did you like and not like? Thanks.
  22. Will do a proper review when time allows but just a download of our Eurodam Nov 29th-Dec9th. Drove from Palm Springs (rare driving rain!) San Diego embarkation was a breeze. We had never been on Euro but can compare to Zandaam, Westerdam, Koningsdam, New Amsterdam, Osterdam, Volendam, Zuiderdam. We are super active 50 somethings that have loved Holland for over 20 years. (still happily working and caring for aging family) Can not report on the MDR this time, chose specialty, Lido, NY Pizza, Dive In or room service. (Active late itinerary's and an overnight had us dining off shore a lot too) THE GREAT: Tamarind never fails us on any ship that offers it. 4 meals in 10 days. LOVED it again and our waitstaff Erika and Panatda. Wine Steward Carisma! We find the steak, seafood and soup offerings there more consistently delicious than Pinnacle. New York Pizza only when Rico was on shift. Have craved his pizza since we were first on the inaugural Koningsdam and were so happy to see him again. Sea View Bar-Mark, Geoffry (Jeff), Kanlaynee are hospitality perfection. The itinerary. Have never been to Loreto or La Paz. Main reason for booking this cruise. Rare itinerary every few years or so. LOVED both (more in review) and will seek again soon for another cruise or land based vacation to get back to either in a heartbeat. Cellar Wine package & Soda card, best deal going with mariner discount. Unlimited Laundry-came back perfectly every time. The casino & staff. Won HUGE last day!! Every hardworking crew member we encountered in every dept. THE GOOD: Pinnacle for lunch/dinner (did both) lovely service and food. International station at Lido for the lunches when were on board. LOVED the Indian cuisine day. Lido breakfast offerings, those dang cinnamon rolls are dangerous! Eggs made to order, bacon crispy or not. Toast, bagel station and a super fast toaster. No self serve buffet! Cantellano always consistent and good throughout the fleet. THE BAD: Of all of our trips starting with embarkation we were disappointed with the upkeep of the ship. She is still lovely but tired and in need of TLC. Serious wear and tear on carpets, furniture both in stateroom and hallway carpets. Have not experienced this before on any Holland ship. Short staffed all the way around, cabin still had someone else's socks/tie in the back of the closet and breakfast goo on the coffee table. We loved our cabin stewards so no formal complaint made. As the trip progressed things got better. Too many hours for hard working crew to get the job done well in limited time, particularly on turn around day. Hire more/charge more? Delay embarkation until 3:00 so everything is fresh/wiped down and ready for the embarking guests? Missed the hand washing stations too! THE AWFUL: HVAC system. No way to regulate the thermostat fan. Either HOT or COLD. Regardless the fan blew over the bed at high speed with no on/off. Day 6 major demographic of the ship sneezing, coughing with cruise crud simultaneously. (yes, we are the people that wipe the entire stateroom with hospital grade wipes and open every door with a tissue :) Thankfully we ended this trip with the cough crud instead of beginning with it. Upper respiratory infection for both of us. Husband in construction concerned that air filters/sitting condensate need to be updated replaced to avoid in the future. First time it's happened for us. No fun coming home sick, and can't blame this on an air flight. THE WORST: In all of our cruises with Holland this was indeed some of the worst behavior we have ever observed from a large handful of our fellow older passengers. Demanding, loud, finger snapping and disrespectful to the hard working crew and impacting other paying guests. Pushing, shoving, entitled. Behavior that would never be tolerated anywhere on land. This crew took it on the chin with a smile every time when these folks would have been asked the door at any establishment at home. Perhaps that's why they choose a cruise line that caters to an older demo? HAL crew deserves medals for what what we observed. Reminder to self: Never lose your sensor button when you get older (or any age for that matter) to be courteous, respectful, mindful, clean and RESPECTFUL to people around you! THE ABSOLUTE BEST: HAL in general, for every treasured memory and adventure we have made starting with my Grandmother that introduced me. (yes many changes and cut-backs since I was a young lady but love it almost the same) The friends we have made along the way for a lifetime. Disembarkation-super easy. Crazy unnecessary yelling traffic lady on disembark (proved to be comic relief with our fellow passengers to our parking shuttle) I'm certain someone else reading that was there will chime in! SUMMARY: Our days in Loreto, La Paz were priceless. Not sure we will sail the Eurodam again unless the itinerary was perfect, and a retrofit/deep clean happens. Booked the future cruise deposit so the next adventure awaits!
  23. 'Tis the week before Christmas, and we have the blues It's been o'er two years since we took our last cruise. The future looks brighter, 'cause we've got a plan We're leaving tomorrow on the Eurodam. Good afternoon ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, moms & dads, teens, toddlers, and wee little shavers! It's time for another research project / trip report from the National Institute of Cheer. This time, we'll be coming to you kinda sorta live from Holland America's ms Eurodam, where we'll be navigating the waters of the Eastern Caribbean on an oh-so-short 7 day cruise. We normally prefer longer cruises of 10 days or more. But, schedules being what they are, we're happy to take whatever we can get. This year, it's only a week, but we'll make do. On the plus side, our fare for this cruise includes the really nice Explore 4: Pinnacle & Canaletto dinners as well as a generous OBC suite credit. We've also got the Signature Beverage Package going for us - which is nice.* * - Caddyshack reference. This is our first trip on the Eurodam and we're looking forward to experiencing the new and updated entertainment venues. We'll do our best to share copies of menus, daily programs, and any other information that could be of help for people planning a week in the Caribbean this season. And, of course, we'll share some thoughts on the Signature Beverage Package which we initially researched in 2014 in the thread: Wines and corkage and bars, Oh my! (Signature Beverage Pkg, Beverage Cards & Corkage) We'll do our best to update that information and hopefully answer any new questions people might have. Our plan in to upgrade our Explore 4 SBP to the Elite Package for an additional $10/pp/day + service charge - which works out to $80.50 each. We'll let you know how that works out. (How the heck do we abbreviate "Signature Beverage Package with the Elite upgrade?" SBPwEU??? According to HAL's website, the package is called the "Elite Beverage Package," but since most people know it as the SBP, perhaps we should call it the ESBP or the SBP+. I'm sure we'll come up with something once we stop by the Crow's Nest for some thinking juice.) We also have a Retreat Cabana for the week, so we're planning to update "Poohby Joe's Guide to Cabana Living" as well. It starts at Post #627 on this thread from Dec. 2014: http://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/showthread.php?p=44985959 Given that it's the holiday season, we'll try to get some photos of the ship all decked out for Christmas. Our Itinerary: Day - Date - Port 0 - 17 Dec 2016 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US - Depart: 4:00 PM 1 - 18 Dec 2016 - At Sea 2 - 19 Dec 2016 - Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos - Arrive: 8:00 AM - Depart: 3:00 PM 3 - 20 Dec 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Arrive: 1:00 PM - Depart: 11:00 PM 4 - 21 Dec 2016 - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Arrive: 8:00 AM - Depart: 5:00 PM 5 - 22 Dec 2016 - At Sea 6 - 23 Dec 2016 - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - Arrive: 8:00 AM - Depart: 3:00 PM 7 - 24 Dec 2016 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US - Arrive: 7:00 AM The Eurodam marks the first time that we're on a ship that features a De Librije dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. We always like to try new things, so we made a reservation. It's held the day we're in St. Thomas. That's five days into the cruise which will give us almost a week to learn how to pronounce "De Librije." ONE BIG FAVOR: If you're posting to this thread, please don't use QUOTE unless you really need to do so. Use REPLY instead. It keeps things a little shorter - especially for those of me who are paying by the minute to read this thing. There are times when it makes sense to use QUOTE, particularly if you are asking a question about something someone posted, but if you can avoid quoting long posts like this one, please do. You'll earn your courtesy merit badge that much faster. ;)
  24. 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.
  25. mcrcruiser

    Eurodam Entertainment

    What can we expect in the way of daily entertainment on Eurodam ?:rolleyes: TIA