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Elizabeth Byer

Age: 49


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Eurodam

Sailing Date: 2012-01-28

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

We had the best time on the ms Eurodam last week. The workers were helpful and very friendly. The ship itself is luxurious and beautiful. The whole experience was amazing and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! The crew was always there to help me on and off the ship with my wheelchair and they did it in a very respectful way.

The food on the ms Eurodam was excellent. We ate in the dinning room each night. The meals were delicious. The selection incredible. The presentation was professional and beautiful. We ate on the Lido deck for breakfasts and some lunches. Again the food was delicious and the selection amazing there too. The Lido deck was a little hard to get around with the wheelchair during busy times. Just hard to weave in and around others carrying their dishes and not watching where they were going. But it was fine during the slower times of the day and the staff was always there to help me carry my plates and find a table.

We had one of the handicapped staterooms as I use a wheelchair. The room had enough space for the chair to move around easily yet there was other furniture for my ambulatory husband. He did not feel out of place. The bathroom was set up for a roll in shower with a hand held shower and bath seat that folded down from the wall. Everything was within easy reach for me. We had a balcony off our room which really made it feel extra special. The door was a little heavy to open out on this balcony but it is just a necessity for the ship that it is that way. The balcony was a good size and I was able to move around on it easily as well. The bed was very comfortable.

We did not do alot of the onboard activities. We were onboard with a big group of friends so we got together and played games and visited with them during down time. We did do the couples massage which was enjoyable but very expensive. And we went to all the nightly shows on the Main Stage. They were incredibly good. Very talented singers and dancers. All the shows were good.

My husband did the deep sea fishing excursion on Grand Turk and loved it. Later we did the 3/4 submarine. The excursion helper on the ship said if I could do five stairs, I could do the submarine. It was a little more than that so transferring from ship to the sub was hard for me but the entire crew of the Oasis submarine helped to get me on board! They were very nice. Then the five stairs turned out to be a nine step ladder which was also hard for me with my disability but again, between the crew and my husband I made it into the sub. The reef below wasn't as colorful as I thought it would be but the fish was amazing. It was worth the extra effort to make it happen. Then we did the rain forest at San Juan Puerto Rico. (We drove ourselves but afterwards thought it would have been just as good to do a ship excursion.) On St. Thomas we went into the city and shopped and did the Coral Reef World in the afternoon as an excursion. It was very good. On our last day we did the beach at Half Moon Cay. It was absolutely amazing!!!! Sand like powdered sugar. Get the clamshell or other tent gizmo they offer for the shade. It was perfect.

Our trip was fun from beginning to end. I have never been treated so well or been in such a beautiful surrounding as on the ship. The crew and staff were kind and seemed sincerely glad to help. (I am sure by time they work for months without a day off that would become very hard to do.)

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