Our Eastern Caribbean cruise was fantastic! It was our first cruise with HAL, but have been on several other cruises with Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess. I chose this cruise for my 50th birthday to spend with my husband. There were a few pros and cons to the cruise mentioned below. Pros: -Fast Embarkation and Debarkation due to being organized -Nice Dining options, good food at the Lido Deck, Main Dining Room, Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, and Canalletto. -Awesome ports and excursions -Room and Size of Balcony was roomy -Ship is decorated nicely during the holidays -Lots of seniors which made me feel young since it was my 50th birthday :) Cons: -Cocktails are not that great, bartenders and cocktail waitresses just can't seem to get orders right -Lido Deck buffet closes too early -Casino needs more blackjack tables open, especially during the holidays like New Year's Eve. Slot selection was minimal, need more slot machines and variety. -Bathtubs in the Verandah Balcony rooms were too small -Need more cocktail waitresses and waiters out near the pools, we kept having to get up to go to the bar to order drinks and it took forever to get one. Carnival Cruises constantly has waiters roaming the area taking drink orders and that is really nice and convenient when you are lounging. -Crew members are nice but could brush up on customer service skills, especially at the front desk. -Would be nicer if we could stay at ports longer than several hours, we had to be back by 2:30 pm at 3 out of 4 ports -Entertainment was okay, got tired of hearing the piano man at the piano bar -Lots of seniors, which means lights out at 9 pm for most people. The ship was quiet, which can be a pro or a con depending on your mood.

Wonderful Cruise!

Eurodam Cruise Review by vmarin01

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2015
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Our Eastern Caribbean cruise was fantastic! It was our first cruise with HAL, but have been on several other cruises with Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess. I chose this cruise for my 50th birthday to spend with my husband. There were a few pros and cons to the cruise mentioned below.

Pros:

-Fast Embarkation and Debarkation due to being organized

-Nice Dining options, good food at the Lido Deck, Main Dining Room, Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, and Canalletto.

-Awesome ports and excursions

-Room and Size of Balcony was roomy

-Ship is decorated nicely during the holidays

-Lots of seniors which made me feel young since it was my 50th birthday :)

Cons:

-Cocktails are not that great, bartenders and cocktail waitresses just can't seem to get orders right

-Lido Deck buffet closes too early

-Casino needs more blackjack tables open, especially during the holidays like New Year's Eve. Slot selection was minimal, need more slot machines and variety.

-Bathtubs in the Verandah Balcony rooms were too small

-Need more cocktail waitresses and waiters out near the pools, we kept having to get up to go to the bar to order drinks and it took forever to get one. Carnival Cruises constantly has waiters roaming the area taking drink orders and that is really nice and convenient when you are lounging.

-Crew members are nice but could brush up on customer service skills, especially at the front desk.

-Would be nicer if we could stay at ports longer than several hours, we had to be back by 2:30 pm at 3 out of 4 ports

-Entertainment was okay, got tired of hearing the piano man at the piano bar

-Lots of seniors, which means lights out at 9 pm for most people. The ship was quiet, which can be a pro or a con depending on your mood.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 8165
Cabin was nice. We were in the aft section of the ship, deck 8 Navigation Deck. Balcony was a good size. On occasion we might hear some chairs being moved on the Lido Deck above us.
We slept very well in this room and recommend it. We wish we had a larger tub though, it was rather small. Love the robes, we ended up taking two home with us for about $49, they are very soft and cozy! You can have them monogrammed for a small charge, but need to let your steward know 48 hours in advance, which we forgot to do. The mini fridge was convenient and the tv was nice and large unlike other ships we have been on.
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