Poor Port Substitution

Eurodam Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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24 Night Magic Of The Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)
Sail Date: September 27, 2016
Ship: Eurodam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7099
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 months ago

The strength of Holland America are its excellent ships, food & some of the best people (crew) that you will meet anywhere. They will always do a little more than you expect. The weaknesses are a thin entertainment schedule & a poor choice of substitution ports once the 2 days in Istanbul & the 2nd Turkish port were cancelled. It is obvious few ports will replace Istanbul but with 4 to 6 weeks prior to sailing I at least expected them to try to find another high quality destination. Instead we get a 2nd day in Athens (other than the Acropolis, a generally dirty & poorly kept city) & the addition of Albania. Given the lack of effort I suspect the ship was probably close to fully booked at the time.

With regards to the entertainment, at our favourite club, the BB King Allstars played 10 of 12 nights. They were a great band to listen to but can't you find another group in addition to them for a 12 night cruise?

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent accommodations & superior cabin crew.

Ship Tip

Food on the Lido deck for dinner is identical to that of the formal dinning room. For a quicker more casual night consider dining there occasionally. Additionally on the Lido deck dinning, if you want an extra lobster tail your plate, or a you can request it from the person immediately at serving.

5 out of 5
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