Introducing One of Holland America's Newest Cruise Ships - The ms EurodamCredit: Southerngirl09
Sail Away With Us on a Voyage Aboard the ms Eurodam
Our cruise, on-board the ms Eurodam, was our perfect escape from old man winter.
Hubby and I love to cruise, so we’re always on the lookout for awesome cruise deals. We’ve cruised with Carnival Cruise Lines on thirteen different Caribbean cruises. And we’ve cruised with Princess Cruises to Hawaii and to the Mexican Riviera. While we have enjoyed cruising on both lines, there’s a difference in ambiance between the two. However, because the same corporation owns them, the same high level of standards are present on both.
It was a cold, fall evening, when I clicked open a travel sale email, and read about an amazing deal for the ms Eurodam, which, at the time, was the newest ship in the Holland America Line fleet. Like with Carnival, and Princess, the same corporation also owns Holland America, so I was familiar with the line, despite never having sailed with them.
So, I reasoned, we liked those two lines, so we were bound to like, and have fun on, a Holland America ship. There’s nothing like a brand new ship. And, hey, I don’t need much reasoning to justify taking a cruise!
Within the hour, we, obviously extra motivated by the chilly, miserable weather outside, had booked a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the ms Eurodam, for the early part of December. Typically, the first couple of weeks in December offer great savings on cruises because people are busy preparing for Christmas or Hanukkah. We decided that this cruise, on the ms Eurodam, would be an early Christmas gift to each other.
Sailing the High Seas on the ms Eurodam
The ms Eurodam sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with scheduled port stops in: Grand Turk Island, in the Turk and Caicos Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
On previous Carnival cruises, we’d visited San Juan and St. Thomas, numerous times. So, this time, at these ports, we decided not to get off the ms Eurodam.
While hubby and I enjoy taking tours, and discovering new ports of call, we also enjoy the simple leisure of just cruising and being on the ship. Since a cruise ship is like a floating resort, then hubby and I enjoy, sometimes, just remaining on the ship and relaxing, especially while everyone else has disembarked for the day. So, whether we decide to play cards, laze in the sun, read poolside, swim, or simply do nothing, it’s couple time, for us, and it’s just our kind of fun.
However, on our ms Eurodam cruise, Grand Turk Island and Half Moon Cay were new stops for us, and we were eager to get there and explore.
Half Moon Cay was a real favorite on our ms Eurodam cruise. Half Moon Cay is a private island in the Bahamas, owned by Holland America. When you think of the Caribbean, if you think of white sand beaches, clear azure water, and not a cloud in the sky, then you have just described Half Moon Cay. Here, you could go fishing, kayaking, hiking and biking, horseback riding, parasailing, snorkeling, or just rent a cabana, and lay back and do nothing. In our spirit of relaxation, and do nothing, we just parked ourselves on the sand, and did nothing but savor the beautiful, Bahamian day.
Living in Luxury on the ms Eurodam
Credit: Southerngirl09The ms Eurodam is a beauty! She was quite different from the bright colors found on Carnival and the pastels on Princess. There was a definite European elegance, with contemporary lines, to our stateroom, which was clean, and kept clean, each day, by our wonderful and attentive cabin steward.
The Lido Deck, with its Lido Pool and Lido Restaurant are about the most beautiful lido deck design we’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The Lido Pool, on the ms Eurodam, with its private cabanas, dark rattan furniture, and Waterfall Sculpture was elegant and very inviting.
However, one of my favorite spots, on the entire ship, was the Crow’s Nest. The Crow’s Nest, located at the front of the ms Eurodam, and on the top deck, the Observation Deck, offers stunning, unobstructed views. Here, you can purchase a delectable treat, at the Explorations Café, or like at your local library, check out a book by your favorite author. When it was time to escape the hot, Caribbean sun, the Crow’s Nest was the perfect spot to escape with a book, beat hubby at cards, or just relax in one of their ultra comfy recliners.
Because it was near Christmas, the ms Eurodam was all decorated for the season. The lovely holiday adornments only added to the beauty and elegance of the ship and definitely had us all feeling that Yuletide spirit.
Exquisite, Gourmet Food on the ms Eurodam
Like other contemporary cruise lines, like Carnival and Princess, Holland America’s ms Eurodam has a multitude of dining options from which to choose. Some are included in your cruise fare, and others, specialty dining venues, carry an additional surcharge.
Dining Options Included in the Cost of Your ms Eurodam Cruise
Rembrandt Dining Room is the main dining room on the ms Eurodam. Here, you will find a five-course dinner served each evening. On one floor, of this two-floor dining room, you can dine whenever you like, and on the other, there are two different fixed dining times. When you book your ms Eurodam cruise, choose whichever dining options you’d like.
Canaletto Restaurant, serving Italian cuisine, was one of my favorite dining spots aboard the ms Eurodam. While this is classified as a specialty restaurant, there’s no charge to eat dinner here. Hubby and I ate there our first night on-board, and the food was ‘out-of-this-world’ delicious!
Lido Restaurant is a casual eatery, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located on Lido Deck, near the pools, you have the option to savor your meals indoors, or outside, on the open decks. Lido Restaurant served the best, and I do mean, the best, lasagna and garlic bread I’ve ever eaten. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love bread, and I believe I pretty much ate my fill on our ms Eurodam cruise.
Terrace Grill is also located on Lido Deck. Here, you can partake of perennial favorites, such as: pizza, nachos, hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, and sausages.
Specialty Restaurants with an Additional Charge on ms Eurodam
The Pinnacle Grill offers up beef, seafood, and more, for lunch and dinner. On a per person rate, lunch costs $10.00, and dinner costs $25.00.
Tamarind Restaurant is the place to eat if you have a hankering for Pan-Asian food. Dinner costs $15.00 a person, but you can try this dining venue free, for lunch.
And if you can’t get enough of the delicious eats on the ms Eurodam, then be sure to check out their Culinary Arts Center, where you can watch food demonstrations, and also take cooking classes from some of the ms Eurodam chefs. And if you have children, who are budding chefs, there’s a Culinary Arts Center to meet their needs.
Speaking of children, despite the fact that there weren’t many onboard, when we sailed, the ms Eurodam cares about its youngest cruisers, and it offers age appropriate children and teen activities, which are both fun and educational.
So, would I recommend ms Eurodam to my friends and family? Absolutely. Our cruise was fantastic. While we will continue to cruise with Carnival and Princess, we will definitely be visiting the ms Eurodam, again, as well as trying Holland America’s other fine cruise ships.