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Eurodam Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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12 Night Mediterranean Empires (Venice Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 17, 2016
Ship: Eurodam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6145
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Overall experience was good because I was traveling with dear friends who are seasoned cruisers and had already been aboard for 12 days by the time I arrived.  They had had serious problems with their original suite, and as a result, I benefited since the hotel director and captain went out of their way to offer amenities and additional privileges - champagne, sweets, savories, flowers, Neptune Lounge access, complimentary dinner and drinks one evening in the Pinnacle Grill - that I would not have enjoyed otherwise.  We were very disappointed because the stops in Istanbul and Kusadasi were cancelled, as was the cruise through the Dardanelles - and those were the elements we were most looking forward to.  The best part was being at sea - and watching the full moon reflect on the water.  The worst part - the wildly out-of-control children running up and down the stateroom corridors and through the Lido Restaurant.  Avoid any sailing that might coincide with school holidays!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Overall the food was good - considering how large the ship is.


3 out of 5
Main Stage was so disappointing one evening we never went back. The quintet in Lincoln Center Stage was very good, but the repertoire was a bit limited, and was repackaged under different program titles.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was generally friendly and efficient. There were some awkward moments one evening in Canaletto, which may have been because it was very busy, but if you have to pay a premium - even a small one - for a dining experience, you expect seamless.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Air-conditioning went out-of-control cold. Verandah deck could have been cleaner and the plexi-glass beneath the railing was quite streaky and could have used a good wash. Interior was comfortable enough although the mattress should be flipped or turned - there was a dent on the side near the phone. Sofa/settee was also getting a little tired.
5 out of 5

Cruise Dardanelles

3 out of 5
I think I would have loved this part - but we never made it - this portion of the cruise was cancelled. VERY disappointed.
1 out of 5
We never made it - this stop was cancelled. I remember being fascinated by everything about the city when I visited 5 years ago. VERY disappointed not to have been able to see it again.
3 out of 5
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