My husband and I try to sail to Bermuda every summer because we can drive to the port... no flying. We normally sail out of NJ on the Explorer, but this year decided to drive a little further and sailed out of Baltimore. We left home in CT at 5:30 a.m. and we were in the parking lot at 10:30. We did stop 3 times along the way.
Parking and check-in were a breeze and by 11:45 a.m., we were having lunch in the Windjammer. And they did have the famous honey stung fried chicken! But I only saw it that first day.
Our cabins were ready at 1:30 pm. We had an interior cabin on Deck 3. Cabin was small, as expected, and furniture is outdated. Old tv too! But there was plenty of space for all our stuff and our cabin steward, Nelson, was excellent.
We really had a great time on this cruise. We did not see any shows. We spent most of our time relaxing by the pool with nice drinks. And usually after dinner we would go listen to music in one of the bars and have a few more drinks! The ship itself is a bit outdated furniture wise, but it was a great ship none the less. We never had problems finding chairs on the deck. And you have to turn in your towels or get $20 charged to your Sea Pass account. So people never left their towels on the chairs when they were leaving.
The Windjammer was always packed. It seems like it cannot accommodate all the guests. It was hard to find a table there. The food was good. Typical buffet food, but there was always something that we liked for breakfast and lunch.
Dinner in the dining room was ok. The food wasn't great, but the food was good. The service, however, was excellent. Our 2 waiters were probably the best we ever had in all our previous cruisers. We also went to Chops two nights. That was the BEST food!! The filet mignon's were like butter and the Mud Pie... OMG... to die for!! Service was very good as well.
We were very lucky with the weather on this cruise! It rained the second morning (sea day) and the last day (sea day). Other than that, the sun was out and it was hot! Bermuda was beautiful. This being our 5th time in Bermuda, we didn't venture out of Kings Wharf. We did walk to Sea Glass Beach and we went to Snorkel Park. We also stopped at all the shops and we went to the Frog and the Onion pub,(which had AWFUL service).
This was probably the best cruise my husband and I took. We just had a really great time. The ship was lovely and we always found something to do. Even if we just got a coffee at Starbucks and sat in the chairs overlooking the ocean.
In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much, we booked the Grandeur for August 2013! The Grandeur is taking the Enchantments place in 2013. I am looking forward to the Grandeur to see all the updates on it. And, the ship will stay in Bermuda until 6 pm on the last day in Bermuda, instead of 11:30 a.m. like the Enchantment. There was not enough time to really do anything on the last day.
Anyway, this was an excellent cruise and other than the Windjammer being really packed, we have nothing bad to say about it. We had an excellent time!
Our next cruise we will be Diamond members!