We drove to NJ and had little issues getting to the port. We boarded the ship in less than 15 minutes...no waiting. Overall Bermuda was excellent, we loved Bermuda and the ability to come and go off the ship 24/7 for 3 days. WiFi was $3 an hour off the ship - BRILLIANT! We loved being able to stay in touch with family and friends. Get the bus/ferry pass but be prepared it takes a long time to get around. Plan itineraries carefully. See the Crystal and Fantasy caves. We liked Swizzle Inn but it truly was not as impressive as it was boasted to be. EVERYTHING on the island is expensive, be prepared - not at all like other islands we have traveled to. Its a clean island, so pretty! The people are friendly, no stress there! Shopping was easy, no one pushed things on us...low key. Tropical pastel buildings and homes. It is a MUST SEE island~! St Georges is for history buffs as is the Commissioners house. The beaches are very pretty but note YOU CANT BRING SAND ON SHIP - they scan bags and they take it. (we knew better than to try, we learned long ago).
I will say this, the ship is in need of repair, badly. Our first room was less than acceptable 8311. The room was in sad shape, toilet seat had cracks in it with black gunk inside. There were body fluid stains in the tile on the sink area and many more drippy goopy stains on the furniture. We have been on other ships, this was just plain gross. Guest Services quickly gave us three choices, we accepted 8376 balcony room. We moved in less than 20 minutes and relaxed, this room was clean and well kept. We noted, all over the ship, those cracked toilet seats with black gunk inside the cracks...walls needing paint, trim peeling...it was just a bit sad to see this ship look like a work horse more than a cruising vessel with class. Now on to the good stuff about EOS...
Our waiter was Graham, deck 3 table 314. His assistant was Marcos. THEY ARE BRILLIANT! We had a remarkable time at dinner each night. They remembered everything about us and kept us in good spirits each night. Graham kept us informed about activities on the ship. Marcos was up for promotion to waiter and we hope he gets it! Don't miss the waiter in the Windjammer who walks and dances with a full tray of drinks on his head! The Cruise Director on our voyage was Leigh Xuereb - UNREAL, make sure your bladder is not full - he will make you pee your pants with laughter. Our favorite is Drew Devine but Leigh was a close second! OMG FUN! He was Austin Powers at the 70s party and man is he a dead ringer! Belly flop was hysterical with him! His assistant was a saint let me tell you - took a lot of pranks from Leigh, good straight man! Thy did the morning show at night(pre-taped) it was fun as you could get on camera as they filmed mostly on the Promenade. We did not see the shows, we saw Love n Marriage and went to Quest as usual... Good fun. We played mini golf and walked around a lot. There is a water slide for kids. There is a cool gadget in the 19th hole bar - go check it out. In the Viking Crown there are hand blown glass globes that light up at night. The solarium is ok - we are spoiled by Oasis and Allure.... There is an ice cream machine on Deck 12 near the elevators out on the deck. Don't miss the Peek a Boo bridge view... As you leave NJ get cameras ready... the anti terrorism memorial is breathtaking and its fun to get photos of the ship barely clearing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
I will say that we found all the staff to be friendly and attentive. The Guest Services staff always had a floating officer to answer quick questions and save guests time in line. We got out usual Starbucks in the morning, 2 grandes 7.75 plus tip. They had a small offering of Ben and Jerry's but we are not partial to that stuff. The pool area was nice and the families seemed to have fun. There were only 300 kids on our voyage. We are glad of that, no offense, our kids are 20 and 23 heh heh. The ship had the usual sales of trinkets... we are all set with that. Ladies, the bathroom near Portofino boasts a beautiful bow window and a breathtaking view - silly but one of the nicer bathrooms on the ship. As usual pool deck crowded on sea days...people saving chairs even though it was well posted NOT TO. (we are not strangers to this but it still is aggravating). FOOD is Excellent in dining room and Windjammer. I thought the cereal offering could have been better - but hey its only 6 days....
For the money we paid, we did think it was a good value. We are hoping the ship gets a much needed upgrade soon or will it be sold when Quantum starts sailing out of NJ in Dec 2014?