Wonderful cruise even though the weather was not the best we've ever seen.
For any of you cruisers who live within a bus trip of New York, this port is easy to take a trip from. We took a bus right into Port Authority and then walked to the Pier. We saved a lot on parking, skipped the hassle of driving in New York and got a great rate on Megabus.
Embarkation was super quick and easy. Our room was ready when we had eaten lunch. We dumped off our stuff and made our way to the hot tub out front. An awesome place to watch the trip down the Hudson from.
My husband is not particularly fond of being on the ship but even he was impressed by the staff on this ship. People like Vita Prado (Hostess at the Aqua), Diana (Hostess at the Blue Lagoon), Romanocito (Our room steward), and so many more made our stay a memorable one. They were awesome.
We only ate in the complimentary venues. The food was good, but I do think the overall choices have diminished a little in quality and variety over the years. I would guess that the reason for this is because the cruise lines have added many "pay for restaurants". On our first cruise aboard Celebrity, the food was exquisite and the service was absolutely amazing. On this cruise though, all things considered, the food was very good and the service was even better.
Bermuda was beautiful and we had a great time snorkeling even though the weather was not the best. Bermuda is a fantastic port to go to. You can explore the island on the public transportation and relax about time since you are there 3 days.
Our biggest adventure was the squall that came in the last day. Wicked winds broke our mooring lines and the Captain had to release the rest then re-dock later to let the rest of the passengers on board. We also bumped into the other ship in port. It could have been a lot worse. The Captain and crew handled it very well.
Disembarkation deserves a note. We do the easy walk off now and it seems that many more passengers are doing it as well. Some years it has been chaotic. Although we had to wait in line, it was extremely well organized and went smoothly. Just keep in mind if you opt for this type of departure you will have to wait in a line. You cannot get off the ship until Customs clears the ship and this takes quite a while after the ship actually docks. We definitely prefer the easy walk off.
All in all, this was an awesome cruise and we look forward to going back to Bermuda. In fact, we have already booked on the Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda for next year.