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January 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam

Pleasant trip

Our accommodations were fairly good.  We had a balcony near the aft of the promenade deck.  It was generally quiet.  Unfortunately Holland America allows smoking on the balcony so some of our neighbors took that to mean you could smoke in your room and we frequently smelled smoke in the hallway to our room.  I wish Holland America would join with other cruise lines and only allow smoking in designated places.  We had a shower only room which made the bathroom a bit tight.  Our room attendant was excellent and we always had ice and fruit replenished through the cruise.  

This was our first cruise to many of the ports of call and we did excursions at most of the ports.  Unfortunately Holland America includes its private island on all its Carribean cruises and since we were on a collectors cruise we visited Half Moon Cay twice.  We are not beach people so we did not disembark the 2nd time.  The beach is lovely though and worth 1 visit.  We thoroughly enjoyed the submarine excursion at Grand Caymon.  We also like the Taste of Jamaica.  The Explorer's Cruise & Grand Island Drive at Sint Maarten was also a great excursion.  The Bacardi tour was disappointing and we should have done a tour of only the fort and old San Juan in Porto Rico.  We enjoyed the Discover Grand Turk excursion, which included a rum tasting.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at the Tamarind.  The food and service was excellent.  The food at the Pinnacle was good and the service was excellent. Our meal at the Canelleto was disappointing.  I had a great view of the bussing station, the food was mediocre and was set up so you and your partner had to order the same thing to share.  It had a very casual relationship with Italian food and was rather tasteless.  The bread was the worst bread we had on the ship.  

Service in the main dining room was not up to the standard of our previous Holland American cruise.  It was obvious that the dining room was very short staffed.  The food was generally good except they are really stingy with veggies and fruit.  My husband ordered a dessert which was supposed to include strawberries,  He was given 2 fragments of strawberry which were less than 1/2 a strawberry.

The stage shows were a mixed bag.  The Island Magic band was the best stage show I have ever seen.  The magician was good, the Beatles impersonator was so so.  The ships Hal Cats were amateur performers and their music was way too loud and the lights were distracting and did not add to their lackluster performance.  There were 3 comedians and they were OK.

We actually preferred the string quintet at Lincoln Center Stage and The Billboard stage piano duo.  Unfortunately BB King was too loud and we could not tolerate being in the theater.

Our favorite place was the Exploration Cafe and the crow nest.  The View was great.  We also liked the set times for card players to gather for bridge, the jig saw puzzles and the fact that there was a priest on board so we could attend Sunday masses.  This was our 2nd Holland American cruise and both times a priest sailed with the ship.

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Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - I would not travel on Norwegian unless I booked a Haven suite. Each restaurant has an unchanging menu. So if you want a different eating experience you need to eat at the specialty restaurants.
Harvest Caye, Belize - Ziplining was a wonderful experience. Everything was clean and modern. Did not visit beach. There were shops and food places. There is a huge pool.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras - We did the Jolly Roger Catamaran & Snorkeling. It was cold and rainy so the inside quarters were tight. Snorkeling was good, lunch was good and rum punch was plentiful.
Cozumel, Mexico - Cosumel was designed to make you walk through the shopping mall prior to reaching your transportation to your excursion. We are not shoppers and did not appreciate the convoluted walk through the mall to get to the the buses. Our excursion was called Joy of chocolate. We went to a tourist park that included a walk thru history of Mexico with miniature dioramas of Mayan ruins and other buildings. If we had not visited the real thing on a previous trip, it might have been more interesting. The chocolate part was in an airconditioned room. We ground cacao beans, mixed it with cinnamon sugar and vanilla and made individual chocolate bars which we wrapped and brought home. We were also treated to a mole dip which was delicious and hot chocolate made with water since Mexican hot chocolate is not made with milk. It was also good. There was a snack bar area where we could have gotten a tex mex style meal.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico - We did the Salsa and Salsa excursion. We made guacamole and both a spicy and sweet salsa. Afterwards the staff taught a salsa dance.
Key West, Florida - Don't book an excursion the town is easily walkable. Truman White House well worth a visit.
Eurodam Eurodam - The Hudson Room generally has daily mass.

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