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First impressions of the Eurodam

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 1 - 2008

Well, I survived my United flight across the pond to Amsterdam. It was actually quite nice as I had the seat open next to me. I am dreading my flight home Wednesday – I may have to pony up to sit in Economy Plus just so I can use my laptop – something you can’t do in regular economy when the person in front of you has their seat reclined.

Euro-tastic

Upon boarding in Rotterdam this morning I was in a sea of Dutch war veterans — 4,000 to be exact! Eurodam welcomed present and retired Dutch officers, WWII veterans and members from De Lijn for the day to tour the ship and have lunch. It was quite a sight to see.

My first impressions of the Eurodam are very positive. This is a very pretty, classy vessel. Those that have sailed on Holland America’s Vista-class vessels will find familiar surroundings on Eurodam, but its larger size has allowed for some added pizzazz. Among new venues on the ship is a pan-Asian restaurant called Tamarind; a casual Italian eatery, Canaletto; and a pizza outlet dubbed Pizzeria Slice. Other differences from previous Holland America ships include the addition of a new Explorer’s Lounge Bar, a new atrium bar area and an enhanced and reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating.

With an additional deck, Eurodam has 63 new staterooms more than the latest Vista-class ship. Forty-seven are verandah cabins and ten are a new style with ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. Eurodam also features 56 Spa Staterooms, aptly dubbed because of their close proximity to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon and special in-room spa amenities.

One area of the ship getting a lot of attention is The Retreat, an area with 14 cabanas and abundant cushy lounge chairs. This private pay-for-use area is where guests can relax and recharge surrounded by healthy refreshments and luxurious leisure amenities. Fresh fruit, salads, wraps and juices are available here along with light breakfast options. Retreat cabanas are $45 on port days and $75 on sea days.

If guests want a livelier lounge area there are eight Lido Cabanas around the Lido pool. Lunch at the Lido cabanas will be served upon request from a menu of poolside favorites from the Terrace Grill or Lido Restaurant. Lido cabanas are $30 on port day and $50 on sea days.

After an hour of touring it was off to the Lido Restaurant buffet area for a hearty meal of spicy catfish – something I never normally would eat, but was glad I did. The Lido Restaurant offers an abundant menu and very relaxing seating areas that are thankfully designed to keep foot traffic away from the tables.

After lunch, jet-lag and time zone changes had taken their toll on my body – so it was naptime. I have to say the Eurodam’s beds are the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in yet. And, that’s saying something because most cruise lines have upgraded their bedding to be exceptional.

Dinner, blogging and one really weird piece of artwork

After a terrific set-menu dinner most of the press group was jet-lagged and sadly on tight deadlines. One Holland America director commented on the sad state of today’s journalists. He said, “I remember when journalists would gather everyone up and go to the bar after dinner. Now it’s no I can’t drink — I have to go back to my cabin and blog.”

Pathetic, but so true.

Speaking of cabin, I am having a heck of a time figuring out this crazy “art” on my wall. (Click the image to get a bigger view) It’s a picture of three owls dressed in overalls (yes, dressed in overalls) in a setting of Roman or Greek ruins. Two owls are sitting atop a pile of books and another is flying around with a book grasped in its talons. Then there is this red chaise in the middle of the ruins?! What the hell is this and why is this in my room? Anybody know? Is this a drawing of J.K. Rowling’s nightmare? Was the artist in an Amsterdam ‘coffee shop’ when they concocted this montage? I don’t get it — it’s freaking me out and not in a good way. 😉 I am going to ask the Holland America people tomorrow what this art print is, but when I describe the aforementioned contents they’ll definitely think I was drinking rather than blogging.

Tomorrow: Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands christens the ship and a few more of Eurodam’s surprises. If you want to watch the christening Holland America is putting live stream video on their Eurodam News Website at http://www.eurodamnews.com/.

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One Response to “First impressions of the Eurodam”

  1. Jim Murata says:

    This sounds like it was lifted stright out of the company’s brochure….How sad….Were you paid for this critique?….My gripe….I was on one of the Holland America’s older ships and many of us got sick…The captain threatened the passengers who were sick and did not stay in their rooms….All of the the Third World ports were a demonstration of poverty and this theme was carried through in their dining areas….This line is a licence to steal….

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