My wife Marty and I have sailed on Holland America Line many times. In 2010 and again in 2011, we sailed on the MS Eurodam on 7 day Easter Caribbean cruises.
With over 130 years of experience, Holland America Line continues its tradition of elegant cruising. Fine art, five star food/service, and great entertainment bring us back time after time.
We have sailed on other cruise lines, but HAL remains our favorite.
My wife and I are in our early 50’s. Our kids are grown (28 and 24) and we prefer to cruise with fewer kids. While there are kids on board HAL ships, Club HAL does a great job of keeping them entertained, and we found that parents seem to do a better job controlling their kids on HAL versus on other lines. My guess is because HAL has been traditionally known as catering towards an older crowd.
The Eurodam being the first of HAL’s “Signature” class of ships comes in at 86,700 gross registered tons. She is still a mid-sized ship compared to the Celebrity Solstice class at 122,000 grt.
The Eurodam can carry 2,104 passengers with 929 crew which makes the crew to guest ratio great.
My wife and I love the Pinnacle Grill with the great Northwest styled menu and incredible atmosphere, however our new favorite specialty dining venue on the Eurodam is the Asian flair of Tamarind. From the minute you walk in the door you are greeted by staff that bow (wish I could teach that to my wife).
The food is out of this world.
A dozen entrees are grouped into four Chinese elements — water, wood, fire, and earth — and include delectable beef, seafood, poultry, or vegetarian choices.
The crew on board the Eurodam are second to none.
On the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, we love Half Moon Cay…HAL’s private island that has won many awards from the cruise line media.
Holland America Line (and the MS Eurodam) are like a second home to my wife and I because of the incredible food, ships, but most of all, because of the people. They welcome us back each time and we truly feel like family.
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