Review: MS Eurodam
Cruise - Ocean Cruise
Day Vist to Eurodam
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Day Visit to Ms Eurodam at Dover
As we drove came over the hill onto Jubilee Way the sun broke through the cloudy sky. In the distance we could see MS Eurodam moored at Cruise Terminal 2. Behind her was Fred Olsen’s Black watch. As we drew nearer they made a beautiful picture in the early morning sunshine. On arrival at the security area we were quickly shown where to park and then entered the terminal building for check in. Tea and coffee was provided whilst we waited to board.
At about 9.45 we were checked through reception and then security before being allowed to board the ship for an unescorted tour.
On boarding we were immediately impressed with the décor and furnishings. Everything was so clean and shiny. The brass gleamed and the windows sparkled. We decided to start at the top and work our way down the ship as we had to be on deck 2 for lunch at 11.30.
Deck 11. Observation Deck: We started at an area called ‘Retreat’. This area has tent like cabanas in which there are loungers, table and chairs. These are available to be booked at the time of making your cruise booking. The loungers looked very comfortable and the views brilliant being so high up on the ship.
Also on this deck is ‘Explorations Café’ which is situated within the library and internet area’s known as ‘Explorations’. Forward of this is the ‘Crow’s Nest’ which offers spectacular views over the front of the ship. There are also some cabins on this deck. We visited one which was a Deluxe Verandah Outside VT grade. This had a double bed with all the usual amenities. The bathroom had a bath as well as a shower. The balcony however in this grade is only really for standing on and viewing the scenery. It is not big enough for table and chairs.
Deck 9. Lido Deck: As the name implies this deck has the swimming pools on it. At the stern are the outside pool and 2 jacuzzis. This is surrounded by a large sun bathing area as well as tables and chairs where you can sit and eat a meal that has been brought from the Lido Restaurant which is adjacent. The tables were all laid out with white linen napkins and cutlery ready for boarding passengers. Passing through the Lido Restaurant brings you to the Lido Pool which has large transparent roof that can be slid back in hot weather. Going onwards you come to the gym and the spa area.
Deck 7.Rotterdam Deck: It was here that we visited a Penthouse Verandah Suite. Now this is what you call luxury. A large suite with its own living room and dining room. The bedroom area had a king size bed and a bathroom that looked as if it had just come from a 6 star hotel There were gold double basins with gold fittings. A large bath/Jacuzzi again with gold fittings. The balcony was huge with its own Jacuzzi. There was also a table and chairs for al fresco dining. I could go on but I think you have the picture.
Decks 4, 5 and 6 are accommodation decks. We visited an inside cabin on deck 6 which was fairly spacious which had a queen size bed as well as a bath and shower in the bathroom area.
Deck 3. Promenade Deck: This deck has the upper level of the Rembrandt dining room at one end and the upper level of the Mainstage Theatre the other. In between are shops, photo gallery, meeting rooms and the Ocean Bar as well as the top level of the Atrium which extends over 3 decks down to and including deck 1.
Deck 2. Lower Promenade Deck: Here you will find the lower level of the Rembrandt Restaurant at one end and the lower level entrance of Mainstage Theatre the other. One thing I did notice was that if you sit in the back rows of the theatre on this level the upper part of the stage area is hidden from view by the overhanging balcony of the upper level. When watching a presentation I was unable to see the top of the screen. If it was just a stage show it probably wouldn’t matter but anything higher is out of view. In between are various lounges, bars and the casino.
Deck 1. Is mainly cabin accommodation.
The Rembrandt Restaurant deserves a special mention. It is well set out on 2 levels with tables of different sizes. The chairs are very comfortable with wrap round arms. There are windows on 3 sides that make it very light and airy. I would love to dine here every day. The lunch we had was excellent and indeed one of the best lunches I have ever had on a cruise ship. We started with grilled vegetables, followed by Broccoli and Stilton soup, Beef Mignon with vegetables and finishing with a large slice of chocolate gateaux that melted in the mouth. This was accompanied with wine.
Conclusion: This is not an exhaustive description and other good features exist such as the cinema but I have to stop somewhere. This ship exudes quality and is definitely in the premium market. Good quality fittings and furniture. Everything kept spotless. The colour schemes are modern but tasteful. The ship is alive with art, antiques, and models etc that add to the air of quality. The cabins are tastefully furnished and look inviting. The staffs look very smart in their uniforms of various colours. Add to this the vast number of destinations that Holland America sail to the question is, would I book a cruise on this ship? The answer is a big yes.
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