We live outside of Philadelphia and wanted a quick 5 day vacation, so cruising out of Baltimore seemed like a logical choice. The cruise terminal is easy to get to off of I-95. Parking was easy ( and half the cost of parking at the new york cruise terminal). It was maybe 45 minutes from the time we dropped off our luggage till we were on the ship. Quick efficient check in.
Cabin. We had an inside cabin on Deck 3. While it was a bit smaller than other cruise lines, there was plenty of storage space. The cabin was very clean and while it is a bit dated, everything worked. Our cabin was fairly close to the front elevators, but was very quiet.
The ship overall was in very good condition and showed few signs of wear. The signs directing you to the cabins were well placed and we only got lost once on day 1.
Food. Overall the food was good. Lots of variety. Room service breakfast was a pleasant way to start the day. Lots of fresh hot coffee. The rolls and pastries were excellent. The fresh fruit plate was yummy ( but a bit small)
Windjammer Buffet. overall good. was not 5 star- but everything was fresh with lots of variety. Our one wish was for more cut up fresh fruit ( Princess dose a great job with that). The buffet did tend to get a bit crowded, but we always found seats in just a couple of minutes.
My one major complaint with the buffet was what was available when it was closed. There were hot dogs/hamburgers/pizza in the solarium in the afternoon and for late night snacks. That was it. ( I guess we were spoiled on Princess and Carnival by their alternative offerings)
The My fair Lady dining room was quite good. Service was efficient and the food was quite tasty. Again, the baked goods were very good. Always very fresh. The service was excellent. We had breakfast in the dining room one day. Very good food, but service was a bit slow. Our waiter told us that when they expanded the ship a few years ago, they did not expand the kitchen, so sometimes they get a bit overwhelmed. Hopefully this will be addressed when the ship goes in for an upgrade.
Entertainment on the ship was excellent. The variety of bands playing different music was great. The production shows were well done. We had 2 comedy nights and one magic/comedy. We laughed a lot.
Pools. The solarium indoor pool was our favorite spot. The outdoor pool area was just a bit windy and cool. ( not a surprise on the Atlantic in April)
Overall service from the staff was very good.
Bermuda was beautiful. We spent part of the day in St Georges. Nice to see waht Bermuda was like when it was first settled. Since the weather was cool and a bit rainy, we went to crystal/fantasy cave. This was well worth it. Really cool stalgtite/stalagmites. excellent tour guides.
Getting around Bermuda. We bought a 2 day transit pass. $20 per person. good on all ferries and buses. We took the Ferry to St Georges, and buses everywhere else. A great way to see the island, but the buses are a bit slow at times. The drivers are very helpful and funny.
Kings Wharf had some nice shopping for day 2.
overall we really liked Bermuda and would love to go back again.
Overall impression of the cruise. For a quick get away without the hassle of flying, it was excellent ( especially considering the price of airfare these days). We got a lot for our money and would do it again.