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Richard Stacy

Age: 68

Occupation:retired prosecutor

Number of Cruises: 15

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Eurodam

Sailing Date: 2010-04-2

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia

The Euodam is a fine ship and overall, the 16 day cruise experience was excellent and well up to Holland America's usual standard of excellence.

The only slight complaint we have is that HAL did not do nearly as good a job of matching us with table-mates this time as in the past. someone dropped the ball there. My wife and I are going on 50 years of marriage, yet we were seated with three young people and three who were divorced. they were nice people, but we had few common interests.

The quality of the food in the main dining room was very good. Indeed, it seems to be improved from other HAL cruises of recent years. The food on the Lido was very acceptable although considerably below that of the dining room in quality. The exception was the pizza -- it was excellent.

The Pinnacle Grill is a premium steakhouse restaurant serving the finest food in a wonderful atmosphere. i had a steak there that was certainly in the top three or four steaks I have ever had anywhere.

The Tamarind is another premium restaurant aboard specializing in Asian cuisine. the quality and presentation was excellent.

The Tamarind charges a premium of $15 per person and the Pinnacle charges $20.

We had a verandah room on deck 8. It was quite nice, although perhaps slightly smaller than similar staterooms we have had on other, smaller HAL ships and ships of other cruise lines. It was nevertheless clean and quite adequate. HAL's beds are the best at sea -- Very high quality mattresses.

The eight days it took to cross the Atlantic were made interesting by an excellent series of lectures, ranging from the history and culture of the countries we would visit, to the a fascinating presentation by the chief engineer on the B-2 bomber.

In addition, there were numerous interesting entertaining and educational programs presented in the culinary arts center.

The entertainment was very good indeed -- certainly above average fro cruise ship entertainment.

there were many additional on-board activities, but we spent much of our time just relaxing and reading -- our favorite things to do on at sea days.

Don't miss:
Portimao --Mountain and coast, visit 2 small mountain villages and walk narrow picturesque streets.then one coastal fishing village.

Cadiz -- A taste of Cadiz Go to Jerez and visit a sherry winery, See how it is made and have a generous tasting.

Almeria -- Visit the Alcazaba palace of the Moorish kings. this requires a lot of walking and climbing, but if you are up to it it is well worth the effort!

Ibiza -- Can Rich winery an exceptional tour of a very small winery -- for those who really like good wine. You get a suprising amount.

Monte Carlo -- A taste of the Riviera. Tour the French riviera and stroll through highly photogenic old Nice and Eze.

Rome -- We had a three day post cruise stay and did our own touring of the Vatican museums, St. Peter's, the Forum and the Collesium.

I think I already did. All in all, it was wonderful.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been on a Holland America ship that one of the best things about the experience is the great service offered by the Indonesian and Filipino crew!

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