Eurodam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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5 out of 5

Northern Capitals Cruise June 2015

Sail Date: June 01, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Ship Quality
Good layout and well maintained.
Food and Dining
We chose the dine anytime option for flexibility. Never had trouble getting a requested table for two. Food options were good and well presented and seasoned. Tamarind and Pinnacle restaurants were excellent .
Service and Staff
Entertainment
BB King band was very good. We did not attend other venues.
Children's Programs No comment since we did not have anyone participating in the program
Onboard Activities
Liked hearing about and seeing slide shows of upcoming ports. Did not take advantage of other activities.
Destinations and Excursions
Destinations exceeded our expectations with interesting landscape and architecture. We appreciated having city maps available at each port, but it would be preferred to have access to them prior to getting to the port so we could layout our personal walking tour. We did not purchase any excursions because we like to explore on our own.
Cabin / Stateroom
The rear-facing balcony was perfect for us. (1) It appeared larger than most cruise ships within the same pricing category. (2) Storage was plentiful and well designed so we never felt cramped during our 12-day cruise. (3) We loved being at the back of the ship, especially when cruising into and out of ports. (4) Even when rainy we could be on our balcony because most of the balcony was covered. (5) The room was very quiet and there was no "overhead" noise because there was no public space above or below us - only staterooms. (6) We appreciated being able to smoke on our balcony. This is a true benefit of Holland Cruise Lines.
Kiel, Germany
This port was okay but not outstanding. Was happy it was the first stop because all following ports were superb.
Helsinki, Finland
Stockholm, Sweden
Rostock (Berlin), Germany
Able to visit two towns in one day because we'd previously been to Berlin and didn't want to re-visit, especially because that trip would have required very long and expensive train ride into Berlin.
Goteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden
Kristiansand, Norway
Cruise Oslofjord
Beautiful scenery and interesting commentary by destination specialist, Ian.
Oslo, Norway
So much to see in so little time. Would have liked this stop to be an overnight like in Stockholm.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Departed from ship one night early and stayed at Hilton Airport Hotel because we had an early flight the next day. This allowed us to spend the better part of the day visiting Malmo, Sweden, which was only a 30 minute train ride from the airport. The city is definitely worth a visit!


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