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Jessica

Age: 26

Occupation:Sales

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Eurodam

Sailing Date: 2009-10-24

Itinerary: Caribbean

The Experience was wonderful. We traveled to Grand Turk (which was hit pretty hard by the hurricane), San Juan (absolutely fantastic), and St. Thomas (pretty). We enjoyed the cruise but the majority of passengers were 50+ and the on-board ship activities were limited.


Although the cruise was great and people were very nice, I would watch for the fine print. My mother in law and myself did a Ladies & Gent spa treatment (my gent was not interested). The price was $99. But they didn't let us know that was per person until after the treatment. They had no plans of changing or admitting the mistake until I made a scene and promised to share my experience with all that I met on the ship. I was finally refunded on the the $99 charges.


None of the Spa prices are online either. So FYI all treatments start $100 or over. Our treatment was good, but not worth the extra money.


Half Moon Kay, the private island, was absolutely wonderful. Perfect Beach to relax and take in the whole experience.


The food was great. We tried to get into all the restaurants, but it was disappointing that you had to pay extra. (Tamarid -$15 per person, Pinnacle Grill - $20 per person) Tamarid was fabulous, the food was not bland and allowed us the enjoy something out of the ordinary. Tamarid had free lunch by reservation and Pinnacle had lunch for $10 per person. I highly recommend Holland if you want great food.


They also have drinks (all alcoholic and colas are extra). They have a drink of the day everyday that are 5.50 and most all other mixed beverages are 6.50. Domestic Beers are 4.25 and Imports are 4.75. Colas by the can are 1.95 each. But you can get a soda card of 20 by the glass (but a glass is 1/2 a can) for $18. You can bring on your own wine and drink from your room for free, but if you bring a bottle to dinner they charge a $12 corkage fee.


Hope this is helpful. I was very upset I couldn't find this information before we left.

We had a great stateroom. We had a large window room on deck 10 at the front of the ship. Our room was very large and much larger than our friends' room, which was a room with a balcony on the same deck. Large bed (two twins put together), a little uncomfortable after a few days. Flat screen TV, iPod Player, small sitting area and two ropes. We really enjoyed our room and had the best stateroom attendants. They filled our ice bucket twice a day, had extra glasses in our room for wine and other drinks, and a fully stocked fridge.


On the website it talks about a wonderful culinary arts center featured with Food and Wine Magazine. I love cooking demos and classes and this was a joke. They did not follow the recipe, they were joking and laughing and not answering people's questions.


The other activities involved Bingo, Art shows, Jewelry Info, etc.


I loved the tour of the Bacardi distillery in San Juan, don't miss it! We also toured Grand Turk, don't waste your time, the hurricane destroyed everything. And St. Thomas was great but I was not impressed with our tour. We waited and booked after we got off the ship. The open air bus was a truck with seats in the back and his speakers were broken so we rode in silence and then when would stop he was give a brief description. But the beaches were beautiful and view from the top of the island is breathtaking.


I would recommend Holland for an older crowd, probably not for a family with children due to one of the pools being only adults. Food is great. People were nice. But on-board activities were just so so.

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