June 2015 - 12 Night Northern Capitals (Copenhagen Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam
Specifically chose this June 1-13, 2015 Holland America cruise itinerary because it did not go to St. Petersburg, Russia which we visited previously. We especially liked Stockhom and appreciated the overnight time in port with departure at 4:00 on the second day. It would be nice to have had this same opportunity for Oslo port because it was difficult to cover major highlights with 8-4:30 time frame.
The Eurodam ship is top notch and well maintained. We had a rear facing balcony room which was terrific. It was never too windy to be on the balcony. Even when it was raining we could be outside. Our room steward, Baong (?) was very good and quickly responded to our minimal requests. The room size, layout, and configuration for storage was very good and larger than many other ships for the same category room.
Ship entertainment is not that important to us because following port days we often retired early or enjoyed quiet time. For us, it's more important to have friendly attentive staff, good food and dining options, and attractive and clean rooms and public spaces. We select cruises based on their itinerary which we consider our primary entertainment.
For one port the cruise provided complimentary shuttle service into town because we were docked 30-45 min. drive to town center. This was much appreciated. It would be nice to have this offering for all ports with more than a 10 minute walk to the town center.
The destination specialist, Ian, provided interesting commentary prior to cruise ports as well as when we cruised into many of the ports. He was also available for questions at each port. This is a nice perk and we appreciated it was not presented to sell tours. His commentary truly taught us about the country, city and surroundings.
In summary. the cruise was excellent and exceeded our expectations.