After our night in Fort Lauderdale, it was then time to Embark our first cruise of the holiday, which was the fantastic ms Eurodam cruise ship with Holland America Line.
We arrived at Port Everglades around 12pm and was on this ship by 12:30. The embarkation was an easy process as everything is perfectly organised for guests.
After walking the gangway to the ship, we were greeted by Elegance and Charm. Soft, classical music playing in the background as we were offered a glass of champagne to toast to a fantastic holiday which was to come. As we sat in the Foyer taking in the charm from the ship and drinking our champagne, we watched on as the Acrobatic performers on board were delivering a fantastic performance.
Cabins were not available for us to access until around 2pm, so we took ourselves to the Lido Restaurant on Deck 9 which is the Buffet style restaurant on board the Ship. Here we found a huge selection of food from all over the world. The food here was quality, so much so, we never made it to the main dining room as we found the Lido restaurant to be fantastic, and most likely the best option for us.
Top Deck on board the Eurodam is a very quiet, relaxing place. Unlike most of the other cruise lines, Holland do not have bands playing throughout the day and will not offer pool games each day. I think of Holland America Line to be a more ‘traditional’ cruise line when you compare them to the likes of Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruise Line.
Our first port of call was Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas which is the Cruise Lines private Island. Here they offer fantastic some fantastic excursions or just a relaxing day on the beach. The name Half Moon Cay comes from the two and a half mile long Crescent shaped Beach that the island has to offer.
After our visit to Half Moon Cay, and a relaxing day at sea, we then arrived at Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Here I had pre-booked a tour for the Dunns River Falls. We were greeted by a very friendly, helpful lady at the port where she drove us around 1 mile down to the road to the Falls. Our driver, Denise, then introduced us to our tour Guide, Nakan, who was a fantastic guide. He took us down to the beach, which is the start of the Falls Climb. On route to the beach, he took us to a shop where we purchased ‘water shoes’ at $10 each. These are a great souvenir!
As this is one of the most popular trips on the Island, it can get very busy here. After your put your belongings into a locker, you are ready to start the climb. We were not with a group of people on this tour, it was just myself and Husband and we managed the climb without any problems. Lots of other groups are ordered to hold hands in a line as you all climb, but we had no problem just the two of us. Others will assist you if needed.
It took us around 1 hour to climb the falls, maybe even longer. It was just amazing!
After we completed the climb, our tour guide then took us into the local village where we got to sit by a lazy river with rafts and rubber rings sailing down. We had some local red stripe beer and Jerk Chicken. This was certainly a day to remember.
After such a busy day climbing the falls, the Eurodam then brought us to Grand Turk, the Cayman islands. Due to the intensity of the falls, and my lack of fitness, I was unable to get off the ship here. So, this gives me the excuse that I must return here as I didn’t get off of the ship.
We were then taken to Key West, where I have been before. The fresh seafood restaurants at the marina never fail to satisfy.
After Lunch in Key west we returned to the ship for two days at sea before disembarking the ship in Fort Lauderdale.
I would not recommend the Holland America line for families with Children looking for lots of activities on board the ship. I would recommend Holland America Line for any passengers looking for a Traditional, Relaxing Cruise.
Please check my next blog for our following cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette