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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8945 times:

I have been long awaiting this new cruise ship and finally the date came to fly to Southampton to be one of the first lucky passengers to step on board.



DATE : 27/JUNE/2008
FLIGHT : BE 985
A/C : Q400
SEAT : 6A
ROUTE : BHD-SOU


I checked in online the night before and arrived at George Best Belfast City airport at around 0545.



























I met my friends who had also been invited and we went through security. This did not take more than 5 mins.



After a coffee and a chat it was time to go to the gate to board.















The flight was un eventful. I tried to get some sleep and so didnt bother to buy anything onboard. We landed on time and then all got the train to Southampton Central. From there we had a few hours to kill so some went shopping and the rest of us went to a local hotel for breakfast. After that it was time to join the ship.



http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll144/flybevids/ed1.jpg

As we approached the ship I was really excited about getting onboard. Its the same feeling I get when I am going on a new aircraft type. We were welcomed by the staff of Holland America line and given our room keys and information pack.





I opened the door to my stateroom and was instantly pleased.











Flat screen TV with DVD player



Fresh flowers









Ok now I will take you on a tour of this wonderful ship. First we start at the Spa.





Then the covered indo ''Lido'' area.











Time for Champagne











The Tamarind restaurant













Therapy rooms







Gym



Each area has lots of fresh flowers . Its very impressive and really adds a natural feeling to the ships public areas.













Shopping boutiques







This is the feature in the Atrium but I do not like it . It has been nicknamed the ''Condom''











The main dining room











The thing I like also are the art displays . They have a old world theme of American and Dutch explorers.





Pinnacles restaurant





Time for the nightclub



















Casino





Sports Bar



Check out the baseball glove seats !!



Theatre













One of the many suites





















Time for lunch



















Another cruise ship NCL's passing by our ship. The crew on our ship said that it was their ''tug boat' LOL... a bit of rivalry there !!



Cinnamon ice cream... was amazing



After a long day stiopping off at various bars and exploring the ship it was time to go to our rooms and shower and get our tuxedo's on for dinner.













I had the beef !!



After that it was time to see the show in the theatre. It was a great show.





And my favourite song ::::




Then it was time to hit the nightclub



About an hour later this place was jammed packed but it was great fun and the DJ was excellent. We left around 0230am with a few drinks too many!! Some of the Dutch crew joined us on the dance floor and I have to say they are a very good looking and sexy race LOL....

The next morning we got up and went for breakfast





Then up to the Coffee bar for a strong Cappuchino













Time to get off the ship but before we left we were given inaugural gifts which I loved.

Dutch pottery plate.





And a book







We then all went to the airport for the flight back to Belfast .




DATE : 28/JUNE/2008
FLIGHT : BE 986
A/C : E195
SEAT : 19A
ROUTE : SOU-BHD



We relaxed in the Flybe lounge.











After a while time to board.

























I was very tired and a bit hung over so I slept. The E195 is so comfortable and tons of leg room.

Soon it was time to land






We landed said our goodbyes then I went to do some shopping in Belfast before getting the train home .











So thats it . I hope you enjoyed the report. I had a great time and I just wish I had a longer time on the ship. I would love to go on it again soon.

Comments appreciated as usual

OA260


AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5006 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8916 times:

Hey, Philip,

great pix and also impressions from your time there at the cruiser.
Sounds that was not a bad experience at all.

And another E195 service, also not bad.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Is there something new for the new countries?.
User currently onlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 652 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8889 times:

Nice TR and great pics. As a lover of aviation, I am also a lover of ships and the sea. Looks like Holland America did an awesome job with the Eurodam. I believe it is part of the "Vista" class series of ships that other cruise lines use too. Cunard's new Queen Victoria is also a Vista Class ship. It's cool how the cruise lines can customize their own ships based on a generic design similar to how airlines can customize their aircraft interiors with each aircraft type.

User currently offlineCAP2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8886 times:

Nicely done,

HAL is my favorite cruise line, looks like the Eurodam will carry on the tradition of excellence. Even though they're owned by carnival, the European influence on HAL(and Costa also) makes for a better cruise IMO, something that royal Caribbean, carnival, and princess just can't equal.



The mother of the last KC-135 pilot has yet to be born.
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 701 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8882 times:

Hey Phil, excellent TR as always. That actually looks like a cruise ship i would like to travel on, once I had the right person with me.

I can only imagine you on the dance floor with all that champagne inside you though! Ha

Well done again



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8862 times:

Great TR! The cruise ship looks like lots of fun... and good food!

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4599 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8856 times:

Very nice!

The ship looks awesome - way nicer than the QE2 inside  Smile ... Not that a 40 year old ship can compete with a brand new one of course! Lucky you!!

Nice report on the flights too  Smile



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2808 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8817 times:

Hi great pix of the cruise & flights.
That ship must have been HUGE with the amount of pictures you took!



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 575 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8750 times:

Great pics, thanks!

The Eurodam is now a couple of hundred meters from my window, and will stay there for the next couple of days (Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam, NL). Tomorrow is the official "opening ceremony" (in Dutch it's called the ship's baptism, don't know the term in English).



Ryanair: never again!
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8616 times:

Hi Philip!
what a great report on 'our' ms Eurodam! It's impressive, and just beautiful.
I really have to get on a cruiseship soon, to check it out myself.

Nice catch home on the E95 as well, still missing in my log, and to me, one of the best looking regional jets around.

Cheers,
Eric  wave 



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8566 times:

Hi Phil
Another very enjoyable TR from you. Them cruise ships sure are something else. Wouldnt be my sort of holiday though, id probably end up going mad LOL
Thanks for posting.



Dublin, where Sam Maguire will be coming home to in mid September
User currently offlineJkj777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8413 times:

great TR, my fiance is a dancer on the ship and it was kind of nice seeing the videos of one of their shows and her in action. I have not seen her in two months and another 6 weeks to go before she is off the ship.
I am a little worried, however, about the videos you have posted. Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America do not allow these shows to be taped and posted without permission. The office here in L.A. will not be happy about this so I recommend that you write a letter or give them a call to assure you are not breaking any laws here.
Great TR! I love HAL and the Eurodam is an awesome ship from what I hear.


User currently offlineKL642 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 350 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8248 times:

What can I say except, simply amazing!
Alex


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8171 times:

Thanks guys for all the comments . It was a great two days.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 4):
That actually looks like a cruise ship i would like to travel on,

Am I seeing things LOL... Finally !!!

Quoting Jkj777 (Reply 11):
I am a little worried, however, about the videos you have posted

No its ok we asked and were told that as long as they were only mini clips and we were not filming the whole thing or large chunks of it . Everyone had their cameras and mobile phones so it was very obvious. Anyway very good PR for HAL and free advertising...lol... I should be getting a free cruise for this LOL.... Nice that your fiance was in the show. Always nice to see something on here that you personally are connected to. Tell her the show was amazing and very professional.



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8163 times:

Hi Philip,

What an amazing ship she is, the luxery is ashtonishing and breathtaking.
Is this one of the most luxerious cruiseships out there?
What flag does she have, the Dutch one????

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Some of the Dutch crew joined us on the dance floor and I have to say they are a very good looking and sexy race LOL....

Don't tell everybody about it....This is my pond to fish in  Wink

Also a nice combination of flights, with the Q400 and the E-195, not the most used aircraft in Europe  Smile

Thanks for sharing!
cheers,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineMaxisno1 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8146 times:

Fantastic trip report, great read! That sure does look like a great cruise ship! Glad you had a great time.

Max


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2984 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8060 times:

Great report, that ship looks fantastic!

Looks like EI-CSS (Ryanair) is back at BHD - must run a continuous shuttle to and from STN (with LPL legs too)!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7673 times:



Quoting Maxisno1 (Reply 15):
Fantastic trip report, great read!

Thanks

Quoting Signol (Reply 16):
Looks like EI-CSS (Ryanair) is back at BHD - must run a continuous shuttle to and from STN (with LPL legs too)!

Yes the shuttle run lol....

Today Queen Beatrix christened the ship in Rotterdam. The ceremony can be seen here ::

http://www.visualwebcaster.com/HollandAmerica/49281/event.html



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7643 times:

Great TR! Nice pics!!

I live near a cruise ship port and I've never been on a cruise. The only way I cruise is in the air!



Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10725 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7557 times:

This is a very very good report about this new ship. You showed us everything about the ship that you possibly could have. We see everything at least about the public areas.

Now I was never a Holland America cruise line fan. Neither am I a NCL fan. I still like Cunard the most even if she is no longer UK owned and this is sad.

We will have the QE2 here on 26 July for the last time ever.  crying   cry 

I see Holland America ships from my windows when they arrive and leave Monte Carlo and they come quite frequently: the Zuiderdam, Noordam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam and other "dams". I find their architecture quite ugly and bulky especially the bigger ones, but this is only my own taste.

Your ship report is excellent. Thank you for posting it.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7310 times:

Thanks

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 19):
I find their architecture quite ugly and bulky especially the bigger ones, but this is only my own taste.

Yes some parts are very nice and modern but other parts I have to say I think look old and dated. That center piece in the atrium is quite ugly and some parts of the ship are very dark.



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7219 times:

How long is the train trip from Belfast? New ships are so much nicer than the ships 25 years ago. Makes the QE 2 look like a slum. Makes me want to book a trip. Thanks.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7194 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 21):
How long is the train trip from Belfast?

Belfast to Dublin is around 2 hours. I live half way in Newry so its only an hour for me.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 21):
Makes the QE 2 look like a slum.

LOL... dont be telling that to Madameconcorde.



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1570 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7089 times:



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Another cruise ship NCL's passing by our ship. The crew on our ship said that it was their ''tug boat' LOL... a bit of rivalry there !!

Cheek!  Wink

Wish I could have made it.. was unable to accept the invitation.

Thanks for the report!


Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7007 times:



Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 23):
Cheek! Wink

Wish I could have made it.. was unable to accept the invitation.

LOL.... I know , I kind of felt guilty to be rushing to the window to get the pic LOL... But I love NCL , have booked a cruise for myself on the Jewel.... cant wait.



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
25 MadameConcorde : I got to see the Independence of the Seas yesterday on my way to Nice. She is huge. I still -- and much -- prefer the Cunard Queens above all others.
26 StevenG : Nice TR! As my mother used to work at the HAL on board of the SS Rotterdam in the early-mid sixties (and my late father at the HQ), I decided to show
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