Today we take he time to relax on deck and make the most of your favourite pastimes on board the ship. FB,L,D
Today, I am giving you a Ship Inspection Report of the Eurodam which we have called home for 12 nights.
The Eurodam is a member of the Holland America Line. There are 12 ships all ending in the three letters ‘dam’ and inevitably the main tee-shirt advertising slogan used is ‘dam good cruise’.
Eurodam weights in at 86,273 tonnes and is 936 feet long. Excuse the mix of measurement and metric, but that’s how they have been given to me. Around 2104 passengers can enjoy Eurodam and the services of the 929 crew. They all use 14 guest elevators, regularly.
Most of the balcony staterooms have an unhindered view. There are other ‘cheaper’ rooms with either no outside view or just a large window. (Why would anyone going on a cruise go for a no view room?) Each stateroom has king sized single beds joined together and a small couch. There is a TV, a fridge/mini bar, and an en-suite.
There are two Penthouse veranda suites on the ship. Each have a king sized bed, an oversized whirlpool bath and shower, an additional shower stall, a living room, dining room, dressing room, private veranda with a whirlpool, pantry, 1 sofa bed, microwave, refrigerator, guest toilet, private stereo system and floor-to-ceiling windows. Anyone for a ticket?
There are 5 restaurants on board. The lido is available almost 24 hours a day and is where most have their meals if they don’t want to ‘dress up’. It serves ‘fast food’ and lots of ice cream in a cone too. The Rembrandt is where many choose to have an a-la-carte meal in the evenings, although it also serves breakfast at a slower pace to the Lido, and some lunches. The Pinnacle Grill offers a level of elegant sophistication unmatched anywhere on the seven seas. The Tamarind offers a truly exceptional pan-Asian fare. We enjoyed the experience here whilst enjoying the departure from St Petersburg, and returned for a second meal as we departed Warnamunde. The mouth-watering dishes were worth returning for. It is at the Canaletto that the meals are designed around the authentic Italian experience and offers a variety of dishes to enjoy and share.
On board activities and entertainment include a casino, library, basketball and volleyball courts, 2 swimming pools, one with a sliding roof, duty free shops and two show lounges. Missing is a climbing wall, an ice skating rink, and a big screen TV on the outside deck.
The spa and fitness centre is a very busy location with lots of pampering packages being provided. There are also nail technicians, hairdressers, a Botox treatment doctor and an acupuncturist. The gym is very well equipped and you can view the port of entry as you do your exercises each morning.
At each port, the destinations’ crew organise excursions of varying length and interest. For example, ‘The Best of Tallin”, “Imperial St Petersburg”, “Countryside Cycling and A Stroll Through the Old Town”, “Ice Bar Winterland & Helsinki Highlights”, “Stockholm by Land and Water”, 91 separate excursions in all.
If you enjoy doing your own laundry, you can, but why be in your room crouched over a bath getting your hands tender from squeezing excess water? Or, you can purchase an unlimited laundry package to save you all that backbreaking evening toil.
To make the cruise all that much better, Holland America have employees from both Indonesian and the Philippines, to care for the kitchen, dinning room, and staterooms. They are all friendly and enjoy a happy conversation.
Internet connectivity, these days, is very important to most people from many nations. I would have to say that cruise companies have to deal with the monopoly that one company has on providing this service via satellite links. If 24 hour TV from BBS, NBA, and other international broadcasters can be provided, surely an efficient Wi-Fi could be provided free. Time Plans are provided but at USD.75 per minute for a short connection, which we would all agree, is extremely overpriced. You could take a Plan of 1000 minutes for USD250.00. So when the ship pulls into a port, the staff and passengers all pull out their phones and laptops to get on to free Wi-Fi.
In all, the Eurodam is the favourite of many die-hard cruisers. It is not a super-ship and so getting on and off in ports is not too much of a task. We have now enjoyed 2 cruises on a ‘dam’ ship and would recommend them, especially for your first cruise.
Some photos around the Eurodam