Surpassed Expectations

Eurodam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 76

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5

10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 01, 2019

Ship: Eurodam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 4147

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Didn't have a good set of expectations going in. This 10 day balanced itinerary turned out to be perfect, with the right amount of sea and port days. The ports themselves were interesting and diverse; and we were lucky with perfect weather throughout. The Panama Canal itself did not disappoint. This is an experience that pictures, video, or words can't really do justice to translate the overall amazement of. It's the most interesting, historical, and marvelous engineering experience to have been able to enjoy. The staff and crew of the MS Eurodam did their part to make sure it was made as memorable as possible. Well done!


4 out of 5
Traffic into the port was a nightmare. However, that couldn't be avoided with 7 other ships besides ours in port. Once we arrived, though, it was very smooth and we were on-board within 30 minutes.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Mostly dined in the MDR. Seating never an issue, service mostly very expedient. Staff is more than attentive to any needs. Food quality excellent. Pinnacle Grill experience was incredibly wonderful. Buffet, was usually busy as expected, but plenty of availability of food and a wide variety of options.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the lectures on the Panama Canal, and Mystery of Ships, a coffee chat with the Runaround Kids, trivia games, and America's Test Kitchen. All were excellent and appropriate length. Was disappointed to hear that Holland America is discontinuing the ATK.


4 out of 5
Loved the Runaround Kids show. Not that impressed with the Beatles tribute performers - just okay.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I loved that you never passed a single crew or staff member that didn't greet you with a smile and or hello. And that was every day, and in every capacity. Greatly appreciated, and certainly added to the overall experience.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
As usual, took a little while to remember the decks that went end to end vs those that didn't. Loved the exquisite artwork and the entire ship was spic and span. There were always cleaning activities apparent when in port.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
A little cozier than I was expecting, but it was fine for our needs. It was quite clean.

Ship tip

On Panama Canal Day, the bow will be open but very crowded. For the same view, go up one level to the 6th deck.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Interesting excursion to prevent extra time in the airport for our return flight. The guide and driver both excellent and engaging. Not really that many different sites to see, but the boat ride was enjoyable. Overall, a great way to see the city.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Beautiful island. Getting back on the tender a bit of a nightmare, but that could not be helped. The food provided was excellent, and the day was relaxing and scenic.

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
The port area was just okay. Shopping and getting around was easy enough. Took the evening excursion on the Kukunooko Party Bus. Experience some authentic Aruba nightlife. Dinner venue was very nice, the food just so-so. Really enjoyed the champagne toast on the beach. That was a nice touch. Overall, a fun host and fun evening out.

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
Curacao was beautiful. We did an independent excursion and spent 1/2 a day touring the city. Had a chance to get a good flavor of the island.

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal Did not visit port

We stayed on the ship and did not do an excursion.

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

4 out of 5
Happy we chose to stay aboard and experience both entering and exiting the locks. Fascinating and amazing experience.

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5
Spent the time relaxing by the pool, and enjoying the quiet ship.

Cruise Gatun Lake And Panama Canal

5 out of 5

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Took the aerial tram of the rain forest. Excellent tour. The rain forest was incredible. Our driver and tour guide went over and above to make sure we got a full experience and education of the area.


5 out of 5
Could not have gone any easier.
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