Eurodam: Where is everybody?

//Eurodam: Where is everybody?

There are more than 2,100 passengers aboard Holland America’s Eurodam for this week-long Caribbean cruise. Plus another 900 or more members of crew.
Yet the ship never feels the slightest bit crowded. There were sunbeds to spare yesterday as we spent a day at sea en route to Grand Turk.
Mrs Greybeard and I don’t have a fixed seating assignment for dinner, but so far we have had no problems getting a table when we turn up at the Rembrandt restaurant.
It’s been easy to find a seat in any of the 11 bars, and there’s always a waiter ready to serve a drink.
Only at lunch-time in the Lido buffet restaurant does it begin to feel crowded, and that’s just in the line for food; there are more than enough tables for everyone.
No doubt about it, this is a ship which absorbs passengers well.
There were some empty seats in the Mainstage Theatre last night as Captain Jeroen van Donselaar introduced the senior members of his team before the Eurodam’s resident band -the HALCats – and the ship’s troupe of singers and dancers performed a note-perfect medley of hits from the ’50s to the present day.
It was slick and professional, if a little over-produced, and there was a surreal segue at one point from Nessun Dorma to If I Could Turn
Back Time – “Vincero” to Cher in one breath – but it proved that Holland America’s Got Talent.
Today we were the only ship berthed at the Carnival Corporation’s private resort on Grand Turk, so even the shops and the beach there were not overcrowded.
Partly, it has to be said, because it was an overcast day, and not exactly perfect weather either for sunbathing, snorkeling, or just sipping margaritas at the swim-up bar in Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
When the heavens opened at about noon, the downpour sent most passengers scuttling straight back to the ship, and we left half an hour before the scheduled 3.00 pm sailaway, heading for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:47+00:00 2 March 2009|Cruise Destinations|0 Comments

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