Port of Baltimore is a great port. We arrived at 12 and were in our room by 1:30pm. Every member of this crew is fantastic and very friendly. The weather was chilly, windy and wet both to and from Bermuda, but cleared up in port. Previous complaints of poor food in the windjammer cafe, baffle me. It was good food with a great variety. Often we found the fresh food to be a higher quality then that in the main dining room. Smoking is allowed on most starboard side decks., but there are also many non smoking areas.
Our cabin was small, but well laid out. Storage was tucked into every usable corner. The bathroom and shower is small. The shower is semi circle and is tiny. Trying to shave your legs is a trick. We brought an over the door shoe holder and packed it full of toiletries and just hung it in the closet. This worked well for us. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. It hosted a small sofa and table. The window was large and offered nice views when in port. The tv is small and dated, but there aren't many channels worth watching anyway. Overall, we were very pleased with the room.
Dinner in the main dining room was nice. We had requested a private table and were we thrilled with our window table. We had early seating at 6pm. Appetizers were good, especially the soups. Mains were also acceptable. The prime rib was good as were the fish dishes. Desserts were hit or miss. We preferred the desserts in the windjammer. Our server Sharon was very professional and offered daily recommendations, which we often followed and enjoyed. Service by the wait staff was outstanding. We had two formal nights on our 6 night cruise, day 2 and the night leaving port. Fifty percent did not dress for either. We saw tuxes to jeans and everything in between. We even saw someone in a tee shirt, shorts and ball cap at formal night number two. If you are concerned about formal nights, don't be almost anything goes. Just bring something nice from your closet.
In port, we first took the bus to stop number seven to the broken glass beach. We found some beautiful pieces. The beach is small and not ideal for sunbathing, but the sea glass is abundant. On our way back to the ship we stopped at the bone fish grill for drinks and a snack. We were told that no food was available until 6pm despite several other tables eating full meals. We questioned the waitress, who told us that no one was in the kitchen and she didn't know how to cook. We left after one drink with our bill totaling $47.54 for two drinks an an ice tea. We did the nighttime Bermuda triangle glass bottom boat for $60 per person. You are taken out a few miles in the dark, the captain narrates a few tales while you sit crammed on deck in plastic lawn chairs. After a few minutes, you walk below. You lean against rails and view down at 3x4 foot glass openings. You can see coral and a few fish. You will not see colorful fish or anything spectacular. You are given a small Dixie cup of rum swizzle. We were not at all impressed by this excursion. We would not recommend the glass bottom boat at night.
On our next day in port, we hired a private tour guide named Duke Soares. He arrived promptly and was awaiting us as we walked off the ship. His mini van was clean and spacious. He is a native of Bermuda. He was one of the most interesting historians we have ever met. The tour he offers is outstanding. We went to every inch of the island, seeing far more than we ever would have by ourselves. The tour lasted 6 hours, including a stop for lunch. He showed us the most beautiful places and beaches. We saw private homes, gardens, lighthouses and the dunking ceremony in St.. George. The cost is the standard taxi fare of $40 per hour. He will take from 1-4 people for the same price, up to six for a bit more. This was worth every penny. Seeing the scooter drivers trying to manipulate the windy roads was terrifying at times. Duke would stop often to show us things most would pass by. Duke would stay with our belongings or lock the van whenever we stopped. We could stop wherever we wanted for as long as we wished. He is a true historian, he knows in Bermuda and its history in great detail. We left Duke in Hamilton for shopping and to the ferry back to port. Again, this tour should not be missed.
Day three in port, we just shopped at the craft market prior to noon departure. Boarding and exiting the ship is easy. Lines are not too long and walking to ground transportation is quick. The ferry system is outstanding and the buses are clean and safe. Day passes are available for both.
We attended a comedy show one night and utilized the casino the other nights. The show times were a bit strange for us, and the adult shows often didn't start until 1145pm. We are early risers and this was late, post wine with dinner. The casino is nice and the bartender Brian, was exceptional. Slot and poker machines seemed to have fair odds. We lost at roulette as did most. We played bingo on day, $67 per person. We didn't go back. We relaxed on deck being amused by other travelers and drunk dancers. The people cruising were all a lot of fun. No rudeness not trouble makers.
You may not bring alcohol or any beverages on board. Soda and wine packages are extra. You can always find water, lemonade tea and coffee. Bottle water is $4 for a liter bottle. The water out of the fountain and tap were fine. Alcoholic drinks are about $5-7 a piece and you get to keep glasses or are offered a two for one on some days. Not outrageous. The drinks are a heavy pour, well worth the cost. I wouldn't recommend trying to smuggle on alcohol. We saw someone denied boarding for having done this. Just not worth missing your trip.
Our final night, we ate at Chops. This is by far one of the better restaurants we have eaten at. The shrimp cocktail and steaks were some of the best we have ever had. I highly recommend spending the extra $30 at least once during your cruise. Visiting the Viking lounge for a night cap ended our final night at sea.
Disembarking was simple. We were off the ship and to our car in less than 20 minutes. Luggage was easy to find and plenty of help nearby if needed.
Overall, this was a great ship. Yes, it does show some wear but nothing worth detailing. The staff cannot be beat and the food and activities were plentiful. You will not be bored if you seek activity and you can find quiet spots if you wish. Great crew, good food and lovely port! I recommend this ship.