Sail Date: September 01, 2008 Ship: Eurodam Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was beautiful, comfortable and well run. The rooms were a good size, and the public places were beautiful.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The specialty restaurants were excellent, with delicious, well prepared and served beautifully. The dinners in the Rembrant Room were not very comfortable, crowded and LONG (waited until half way through dinner to get a glass of iced tea.) After the first time there, we ate in the Lido cafeteria, which was usually more comfortable.
3 out of 5
The average age of the guests was about 70 yo. The activities reflected that, and there was little or nothing to do for guests who wanted something that required anything but a sedate walk. I would have liked more instructional programs, things about the areas we were going to visit (besides the shopping opportunities!) and the opportunity to MOVE.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Room steward was thorough, concerned with our comfort, always accessible. We felt our belongings were safe in his hands. All the staff (with the exception of one staff member in the casino) were pleasant, smiling, always concerned with our comfort and providing our needs. The made you feel like it was a true pleasure to make our stay excellent.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Comfortable, clean, good size, very comfortable beds, temp easily controlled--over all excellent value.
First interesting experience to the wine country. The tour guide, although not the somanlie that was advertised, was interesting, had activities planned and very knowledgeable about the area. The winery tours were great.
Don't Miss: Wineries.
Went on a tour that had little or no historical content. Saw Harvard, but would rather have seen sites connected with our American heritage. Glad we had the afternoon to explore on our own, but there wasn't much direction provided about where everything of interest was and how to get there.
Absolutely the best experience of the whole trip. The excursion guide was extremely knowledgeable about local customs and history. He made the one hour bus ride fly by with his patter of interesting information. The stop at the St. Anne Canyon was the best--able to walk about in the beautiful setting, see the falls, get some exercise and didn't feel at all rushed. The rest of the time to visit this beautiful and interesting city was not enough. We could have spent the whole vacation there and not been bored or run out of things to do.
If there is a rating lower than one, I'd use it on this visit. Went to the Bay of Fundy and Reversing Falls. Spent 4 HOURS on a bus and minutes at the sites. Lunch in the local restaurant was awful. Crammed cheek to cheek into long tables, stale biscuit, canned drink (warm), greasy cookies and no menu options. We were rushed through the meal in 15 minutes and rushed out so they could seat the next busful. And the bathroom--dirty, way too small for the number of people, long lines and the smell was memorable. The whole experience was pretty much a waste of money and time.
Although visiting the closed down pulp mill was interesting, driving over two hours to get there and two hours back for a 15 minute visit (no time to explore area on own) and a so-so lunch was not value added. The guide was personable, but didn't tell us very much.
Pros: Clean, comfortable, smiling helpful staff, food was OK and plentiful.
Cons: Types of activities offered, both excursions and on-board, were not as enjoyable as I would have liked.
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