just returned from 10-night Caribbean cruise out of Bayonne. We picked this cruise only because of the departure port-did not want to fly home on the 23rd from Florida with all the holiday travelers. We also thought going on the 13th of December we would avoid all the children that travel Christmas week, but we were wrong. Parents had taken their kids out of school, since there were almost 400 children on board!
Drove to Bayonne from central NY the day before the cruise. Stayed at the Country Inn & Suites in Elizabeth, and parked for free during the cruise. Cheaper and less hassle than driving directly to the port!
We usually get a balcony room, but since 2-4 days at sea were going to be in cold climate, we decided to just get an oceanview room. We were at the very front of the ship, with a good view, and very little traffic in the hallway outside our room. Our room steward Lance was fabulous!
Since we signed up for the late dinner seating, we were able to see all the shows before dinner. Quite a change for us-during previous cruises, we ate earlier, and missed many of the shows. In the future-we'll eat later again! Our waiter Pepito and assistant waiter Rick were excellent!
We bought the wine package when we boarded the ship, so saved some money on wine. We were excited to try the wine pairing dinner at Portofino, and bought tickets before the cruise. When we arrived at Portofino, we were the only couple there for the special dinner! What a disappointment-we were looking forward to sharing a meal and wines with other wine fans!
Entertainment was good-great cruise director Leigh! We enjoyed the song and dance shows, comedy shows, and ice shows. If you like to read on the ship, make sure you bring your own books! The library on this ship is a bit book-deficient.
All in all, a relaxing cruise. The carpet and furniture seem a bit worn, but not enough to spoil our good time!