Enjoyed cruising with friends to Bermuda for a quick get away and to try out the ease/convenience of the Port of Baltimore. Loved parking next to the ship ($15/day) and easy to find and leave port. Added bonus - only a 15-min drive to BWI airport if you need air! We chose to keep our luggage on the last night and walk off the ship early on the last morning - a great decision.
The My Fair Lady dining room staff are phenomenal. Food, for the most part, was outstanding. The stateroom attendants do a really good job! Had the best relaxing massage of my life in the spa. Would do this trip again if we were looking for a quick, inexpensive way to just get away to relax.
That said - here are some details to know. Late April/early May has some chilly days, so this is not the cruise if you want to rollick in the waves in Bermuda, but can be good weather for golf. If you are a shopper, Bermuda is not a mecca - but do get the rum cakes, baked fresh, at the Bermuda Rum Cake factory, a short walk from the dock. We enjoyed the 2-hour glass bottom boat tour. The guys took the ferry to golf and had a wonderful experience.
We took this cruise because (1) friends were already booked on it; (2) we wanted to try the port of Baltimore; (3) short and at a convenient time for us to get away for a few days. Port of Baltimore is limited in size of ships because of the bridges along the Chesapeake Bay.
Remember to log on and order your luggage tags - to be mailed to you - long before your cruise date. This will make embarkation MUCH easier. (If you forget, they do handle that well too). As we arrived earlier, rather than later, our baggage appeared by the room in a very timely manner.
We always cruise the larger Celebrity ships and will stay with them. Doubtful we will come back to Royal Caribbean. Although it is the same parent company, the amenities, activities, and clientele are very different.
Back to the ship: It goes for refurbishment in December, and is long past-due for it. Probably one of the oldest ships in their fleet.
Smoking - too much! The casino is very smelly with smoke. We stuck to deck six to traverse the ship from one end to the other to avoid this area. We could smell people smoking on their room balconies, which I do not think is permitted. The whole starboard side of open decking is for smoking.
Stateroom: Balconies were rough and rusty. Beds were saggy and lumpy. Linens were worn out. Let me restate - our stateroom attendant was AWESOME! Room was always made up promptly, bathroom cleaned twice a day. Sorely need to replace the very old TVs in the rooms too. Adequate nooks for unpacking. My new, large spinner suitcase did not fit under the low bed; we were able to squeeze it out of the way, next to the desk/window. The container in the shower holds a shampoo/conditioner combo. Bar soap. No other toiletries provided or items like cotton balls/q-tips.
Did have an issue with running out of hot water. Cannot pin this to a specific time of day. Happened several times.
Food: Buffet is small, the flow is not good, and tables not bussed quickly. Food was OK.
Dining room -good food, plentiful, great wait staff
Room service: Did not partake of room service so cannot comment.
Restaurant - Chops Grille, $30 per person; did not use - liked the dinner too much to try something else
Activities: There were no lectures on this cruise - which we do enjoy and missed that alot. Usual activities like trivia, bingo, pool parties, karaoke. Tried jewelry making (first kit provided free; other days for nominal cost). Very much enjoyed the group trivia (played like Jeopardy, but in teams with electronic answering device); Love and Marriage (think Newlywed game); and another evening team activity called Quest - which was daring and hilarious - think team scavenger hunt with only the items on your body. Did not try the rock climbing wall.
Entertainment - good and had variety. Orchestra was awesome! Singers and dancers are entertaining and talented. Late-night adult comedy rocked, but not everyone's cup of tea.
Public restrooms are few and far between, and could use sprucing up more often during the day. As with other cruises, get your deck chair early. Solarium fills up quickly; luckily they limit the hours for use by children who are accompanied by an adult to use.