Eurodam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Good value, and a quiet environment

Sail Date: March 13, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We enjoyed the Eurodam, especially after spending four nights on a Carnival cruise in January, where finding a quiet place to read or talk was impossible.  Yes, there were children on the ship, but they were well behaved and a pleasure to watch as they enjoyed themselves or amused their parents.  Cruisers were in general a quieter crowd, and it seemed there were more peaceful spots to settle without interruption. Among the pleasant places were the library, with lots of books borrow and games to play, and several jigsaw puzzles awaiting attention, and the Lincoln Center area, where fine music took place several times a day, or one could just sit quietly other times. Even the deck had plenty of space, despite the presence of those new annoyances, private cabanas, which strike me as a silly affectation!  The staff were attentive without being aggressive salesmen (waiters and store staff).  The ship was clean, decks swabbed every night, linens spotless, towels plentiful and large.  The digital workshop in conjunction with Windows is a great free amenity, really helpful and fun as well, not to be missed, especially if you are about to change to Windows 10.  There were so many activities available at any time one usually had to choose among them, and I found myself rushing from one end of the ship to the other to catch a trivia game or a demonstration.

Embarkation was a bit laborious, but dividing the group in half from the start gave one the feeling the line was manageable.  And disembarkation was grand, as passengers were allowed to remain in their cabins until their number was called, so there wasn't the usual irritated crowd of people lounging around in every public space.  Upon return from each port we were greeted with cold towels and lemonade or water, very welcome after a hot excursion.  And I really like the "private island" concept where one is not barraged by demands to buy souvenirs.  The food was ok, but some dishes could have used more flavor or less cooking. Service in the main dining room was good, but not always as fast as one would have liked. The Lido was probably the better place to eat if one didn't mind carrying food around and seeking out an empty table.

The issue of smoking:  There are still areas on board where smoking is allowed, but given the older crowd even the casino did not seem as obnoxiously smoky as it might have been.  Smoking on the balconies is still permitted, and occasionally impinged on our pleasure in sitting outside.  This issue naturally varies from cabin to cabin, cruise to cruise, so you take your chances with it.  Yes, I would recommend this trip.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Good spot, but prepare to walk a lot! Rear of ship posed no problems, and I think the cabin was marginally larger that the one above it. No noise problems at all, and only a little balcony smoke. Folks on deck 8 under the ping pong could hear that sometimes, but we had pointedly avoided the deck beneath the Lido.
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Food and Dining
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
No matter how hungry you get while waiting for your plane, do not buy a stale $10 sandwich! Probably fresh fruit would be a better choice.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Eat something early, then return to the ship to get a better meal around 2 p.m. when the beach gets really hot.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Found out too late that there are stairs that can be taken at Dunn's River Falls, so one doesn't HAVE to climb up the falls to see it.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Key West, Florida
Take the $20 hop on hop off trolley, enjoy the round trip and stay on to go back to your favorite spot. We enjoyed the butterfly garden the most, but the garden at the martello tower is very pleasant, free, and little used.

Tip

Don't miss the Digital Workshop--several different sessions offered each day, fun and educational. Also, the flower arranging demo is worth seeing.



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