This was a different cruise experience for me. I was a chaperone for a group of 10 students and faculty from the Rotaract chapter of my college. We attended a Rotary conference that was being held onboard, and one day on Bermuda we did a service project at a facility that serves children with special needs.
Embarkation - Very smooth. We were picked up in Nashua at 9:30am, and got to the port by 11:00. We were done with check-in by 11:30, and only had to wait 15 or 20 minutes before we could board.
Cabins - Our group had three inside cabins on Deck 4. Two of the cabins held 3 men, while the 4 females had to share one cabin (and 1 bathroom!). Despite being cramped the cabins were actually quite nice for being insides. In particular the shower was relatively roomy, with a glass partition. An extra outlet would have been nice, though.
Food - Quality varied quite a bit here. I found that the food in the Garden Cafe, the main buffet area, was the poorest part of the cruise. I wasn't alone in that assessment either. One night I saw a group of adults raiding the kids part of the buffet in order to get the chicken nuggets that were there - they said it was the best food in the place!
Other than that, though, the food was good. In particular the burgers at the Bimini Grill were excellent, as were the on-deck barbecues. Our group had no trouble making reservations for 10 at the main restaurants - Aqua and the Venetian. The food and service there was good to very good for the most part. The last night of the cruise we ate at the Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian steakhouse. The food and service were definitely a step above the free restaurants, and it was a great way to end the cruise.
Entertainment - The highlight of the cruise was the comedy of Tim Kaminski. He had members of the audience come up on stage and act out the Wizard of Oz. The Band on the Run show, a tribute to 70s rock, was also very good. There was an excellent Boston-based band that played on the pool deck during sea days.
On Bermuda - we didn't do any shore excursions. We each bought a 3-day pass for the bus and ferry system for $35.00 each. Among the places we visited were Horseshoe Bay Beach, Crystal Caves, the Aquarium/Zoo and Hamilton. Also, one day we went to Windreach, a facility that works with special needs children, to spend the day doing a gardening project.
Disembarking - again, very smooth. We were scheduled for a 9am departure, and we were called shortly before 9. There was a huge line to disembark, but all of a sudden they decided to open up a second exit from the ship right in front of us! We were all off the ship in 5 minutes, got our bags, and were outside and picked up by 9:30. We arrived back in Nashua before 11.
All in all it was a great cruise with a great group of people.