~Written by Debi Saeger
Holland America Eurodam March 25 – April 1, 2017
I have never gotten on and off a cruise faster or easier. When we arrived in Fort Lauderdale, we left our luggage with the Longshoremen and walked into the cruise terminal. My first thought was we were either late, or the ship was sailing empty, there were no lines! We filled out a medical questionnaire, showed our boarding passes and Passports, had our picture taken for our key cards and walked right on board. Our luggage arrived in our stateroom within an hour.
Leaving the ship was just as easy, our departure time was 8:45, and we were promptly called, walked down a couple of flights of stairs, collected our luggage, passed though customs, called the off sight parking company where we left our car, got picked up and were pulling out of the parking facility at 9:30.
The ship is beautiful, midsized at 86,273 tons, 2104 passengers and 876 crew. The artwork on board is breath taking, you get the feeling of being in a museum while walking the common areas on decks 2 and 3. Three are also framed shadow boxes with artifacts from earlier ships including china, silver, ships logs etc. It was amazing to see and read the descriptions.
Our favorite entertainment was the Lincoln Center Stage. The Lincoln Center in NY sends musicians to entertain on board. There were 3 performances almost every day, each lasting only about 45 minutes. I could have listened for hours. The venue is right next to the main dining room so it made a perfect pre dinner entertainment option for us. The musical selections were mostly classical, with some more contemporary mixed in. The musicians explained the pieces, what to listen for, and why they chose the combination of pieces that they did. What I found most fascinating was their music was on iPads. The first evening I couldn’t figure out how they were turning the pages. The second evening I was talking with the lady sitting next to me about it, when a lady sitting in the row in front of us told us they had some sort of button on the floor, so they were turning the pages with their foot.
The food on board was excellent. We ate in the main dining room every night. The menu options were great, it was hard to choose only one entrée, I wanted to try everything. We ate breakfast in the main dining room on both sea days because they had eggs benedict on the menu there (my favorite). The other days we ate breakfast on deck 9 in the Lido Market. There was no end to the options to choose from. The omelets were made to order with dozens of choices of fillings, eggs were cooked to order, pancakes, French toast, waffles, breads, breakfast meats, cereals, fresh fruit, anything you could want was there. We never made it to the main dining room for lunch, ate on deck 9 each day, either from the buffet in the Lido market, the Dive Inn, great hamburgers and hot dogs and the crunchiest French fries ever! Or the New York Pizza made to order personal sized pizza that were great too. The buffet had a great salad bar, pasta selections, Mexican selections, Asian stir fry, sandwiches, a carving station with a different meat each day along with vegetables and side dishes. There was no way anyone was going to leave that cruise hungry! The Lido market closed for a short time between breakfast service and lunch service, then for a short time between the lunch service and dinner service. I don’t know what time they stopped serving dinner, but the Dive Inn and NY Pizza never closed and were open until 11:00 p m.
If you were hungry after that there was always complementary room service.
The Eurodam has 2 pool areas, one for adults only, one that has a retractable cover so even a rainy day won’t ruin your time outdoors. There was never a shortage of deck chairs. A beautiful spa, nice casino, shopping area, fitness area, and outdoor sports area. There was always something to do, and the daily program left in your stateroom each evening let you know what was happening the next day.