Dining aboard the Eurodam

ABOARD THE EURODAM– So close. And yet so far away. The Eurodam is stopped off Half Moon Cay. Strong winds and rough seas have made it dangerous to dock for a day at  the private island of Holland America Cruise Line. This was to be our final hurrah before the cruise ends tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale. I was looking forward to seeing the island named in honor of Henry Hudson’s ship – the ship that is depicted …

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Blackbeard’s castle

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS– So many choices. So little time. Our Eurodam cruise ship arrived in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, at about 8 in the morning. The ship would depart at 4:30 in the afternoon. My sister Elaine and I scanned all the shore excursions and settled on one we thought would give a good overview. It was a great choice. First, we caught an island shuttle for a winding trip to the top …

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Wonderful crew members help to make our cruise delightful

ABOARD THE EURODAM– Strong winds and rough seas canceled our visit to Grand Turk today. Ship Captain Jeroen van Donselaar decided it was too dangerous to dock so we headed out to sea again. I never question a ship’s captain when it comes to changing course. And I never tire of shipboard activities and watching the ocean roll. So, instead of writing about our visit to Grand Turk, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the …

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Showtime on the Eurodam

ABOARD THE EURODAM– What happens to entertainers if they don’t make it through the tough tryouts for Holland America Cruise Line? A Eurodam performer has a quick answer for the question: “They go to other cruise ships.” Although the reply brings some laughs, it might also have some truth to it. I must admit that the shows I have seen so far on the Eurodam’s Mainstage are top-notch. The 14 talented singers and dancers are definitely not …

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Afternoon tea popular on the Eurodam

ABOARD THE EURODAM– I’ve been drinking tea for a long time. But I learned on the Eurodam that I’ve been preparing my tea entirely wrong. That’s one thing my sister Elaine and I enjoyed greatly about our Eurodam cruise – the wealth of programs offered daily were so interesting that it was difficult to choose. Inviting cruisers to explore the world, the Eurodam features four different “Explore” categories of choices each day: Explore Wellbeing is presented by …

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Eurodam library offers books galore

ABOARD THE EURODAM-On our flight from Indianapolis to Fort Lauderdale to catch our Eurodam cruise, my sister Elaine brought a book to read on the trip. When we boarded the ship, however, she had completely finished her hardback. What is an avid reader to do? There will be a library on the Eurodam, I assured Elaine. Most ships I have been on have had a book collection of some sort for guests. Maybe a windowless little cubbyhole …

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My sister tries acupuncture – a popular treatment at sea

ABOARD THE MS EURODAM – With acupuncture needles sticking out of her body, my sister Elaine might be thinking she is nuts. Why did she choose this spa treatment? She could be pampered with a soothing aromatherapy massage or a relaxing seaweed facial. Why is she letting a woman stick needles in her? On the luxurious Eurodam in the middle of the blue Caribbean, Elaine and I are looking to expand our horizons.  “It’s a chance to …

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San Juan quarter a special souvenir for passenger

SAN JUAN – When the Eurodam cruise ship docked in San Juan, passenger Robert Miller was looking for a specific souvenir. Collecting distinctive 25-cent pieces for his grandson, Robert was hoping to find a quarter honoring El Yungue National Forest in San Juan. And he wanted to buy it in Puerto Rico. “I thought that would be a fun thing to do,” he said. “It would mean more to find one here than someplace else.” Issued in …

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Holiday festivities last even longer in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN– Palm trees sway in the warm Caribbean breeze.  A youngster dashes down the beach, dipping her toes in the surf while her parents stroll hand in hand. The sound of Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” floats through the balmy air. The tantalizing aroma of gingerbread scents the breeze drifting from the open door of a resort. It’s Christmas in Puerto Rico where the festivities linger long after the traditional Dec. 25th celebration.  “In Puerto Rico, …

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Cruising the Caribbean on the Eurodam

ABOARD THE EURODAM-The carpet on the floor of the Eurodam’s glass elevator gives a hint of how relaxing this cruise is going to be. The rug is imprinted with the current day of the week. “That’s so you’ll always know what day it is,” a fellow passenger behind me joked. “Cruises have a way of making you forget what day it is and even what month.” How right he is. When the Eurodam left Fort Lauderdale for …

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