matsuwesty

matsuwesty
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Eurodam

April 2015 - Eurodam to Transatlantic

What a great deal on a great cruise

The cruise was a transatlantic repositioning cruise:

Departing from: Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

Ports of Call: Ponta Delgada, Azores • Cadiz (Seville), Spain • Malaga, Spain • Cartagena, Spain • Valencia, Spain • Barcelona, Spain   All of the staff were great, very attentive and pleasant.  Our cabin stewards Ali and Dasani were amazing.  The entertainment was probably the best we have seen on any cruise ship we have been on.  We used Holland America to book our excursion in the Azores, but we used Viator to book all of the other excursions (better prices and better reviews).  Ponta Delgada, Azores is an interesting island with tons of history.  I wish we had more time to spend there to really see it. It was VERY windy, but we had nice weather while we were there.  Cadiz, Spain is a beautiful city with even more history.  We were told that it is the oldest city in Europe and was originally settled by the Phoenicians.  We spent our time there and didn't go to Seville (maybe next time).  Malaga is a vibrant town, but we went to Granada to see the Alhambra Palace and gardens.  It is gorgeous and a definite must-see.  Cartagena is nice, but was the least impressive of all of the ports.  Valencia was amazing, particularly the City of Arts and Sciences.  Simply spectacular.  We only scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in Valencia.  Barcelona (the final port) is a true world class city.  You could spend a week in Barcelona and not see everything you would like to see.  The architecture of Gaudi and the Monastery at Monserrat were highlights of our stay in Barcelona.  You can not go wrong with this trip, and the price was amazing.  It was almost the same price as one way airfare to get there. Go, you won't be sorry.  

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Cartagena, Spain - Nice city, but you can pretty much see everything in a few hours. We did the city tour bus on our own and it gave us a good overview of the city and the area. Go to the lookout over the colluseum area. You can see the city and the colluseum, and not have to spend the money to go in.
Valencia, Spain - Way too much to see in the small amount of time you are here. We did the Hop-on Hop-off bus and went to the City of Arts and Sciences (stunning!!). This one city we will have to come back to when we have more time.
Ponta Delgada, Azores - We went on the whole island tour the Holland America offered. Very informative and the guide was good. Lots of history here and might be a nice place to vacation by itself.
Malaga, Spain - Alhambra Palace in Granada is a must see at this port. Malaga looks like a nice city, but se just drove through it on our way to/from the palace. We used Viator (Top Day Tours) and they did a great job for much less than the cruise ship tour would have been.
Cadiz (Seville), Spain - Wonderful city. We stayed in the old town area and used the Hop-on Hop-off bus. It was great!
Eurodam Eurodam - Holland America generally has an older clientele. If you are looking for a "party boat", then a cruise line like Carnival might be more to your liking.

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