My wife and I were on the July 28th sailing, and celebrated our 25th Anniversary on Tuesday at sea.We left our two "kids" ages 23 and 19 behind. This review will pertain mainly to The Haven and include some general tips, as we spent most of our time there. The few trips we made into the main pool area were overwhelming with the crowds and noise and we quickly retreated to The Haven. We only ate one meal in the MDR's, at the Manhattan Room, and it was pretty good, not as good as any of the pay restaurants or the Haven Restaurant, which were excellent.
THE HAVEN - We were in a Haven Courtyard Penthouse Balcony, room 16116 which is right across from the entry to the Haven pool area, previously reviewed by another CC member, so I won't go into detail on the room but will say we DID NOT have the same butler they referred to, and no the refrigerator either isn't fixed yet or just does not get cold.I purchased the deluxe romance package which was well worth it as on arrival we had beautiful red roses that stayed fresh our entire voyage,as well as a second bottle of sparkling wine along with the one that every cabin gets so we enjoyed bottle #1 right way. Also purchased the anniversary room decorations and they did a fantastic job with that, surprising my wife after our anniversary dinner at Le Bistro. Our cabin attendant was Rineah from the Phillipines and she was a complete joy to have around and we spent alot of time talking with her and she always had a smile and time to spend with us. Our butler Cris was not as engaging but fine also and always there when we needed him. Also the new Concierge Ryan Rabe who replaced Ruth is very helpful. We had a number of time changes to shows from when we booked them and he rearranged everything to suit us perfectly. All wait staff around the pool,on the sundeck, in the lounge and Haven Restaurant were great and we spent time talking with all of them. Take the time to get to know them, it's worth it! There is more than enough space inside the pool and outside on the sundeck where you never feel like you have to get up early and reserve anything, even on sea days.Food in the restaurant is very good, with a different menu if you want to eat by the pool.They have coffee set up in the pool area around 6:30AM which we thought was superior to the Lavazza coffee machine in the room, and assorted pastries as well. They also have orange juice, and cold lemon water all day until removed around 6PM or so. To that end, we had smuggled our own booze aboard so we had ample mixers right outside our door and spent exactly zero on drinks on this cruise.There is a sauna just past the pool which I used alot and most often it was empty.Our experience in the Haven was superb with one minor complaint common outside the Haven and that is parents who pay no attention to what their kids are doing, like doing cannonballs into the tiny Haven pool, or hogging the hot tub for over an hour.
TIPS - The Haven Sundeck is perfect for watching the fireworks.
When a show ends in the Theater the elevators get very crowded and only four of the eight forward elevators go up to 16. Walk down one level to the 6th floor and the elevator lobby is empty and you will get an empty elevator to take to 16.
If you do the walk off disembark, go down to the theater and all the way in, make a right, and there is a seperate Haven disembark area much quicker than the general area.
Slam Allen takes a break about 10 to 10:15 every show and many people leave so if it was crowded, seats open up. We did this twice. His show is the best.
We saw all of Bermuda by bus by breaking it up as follows: Day one #7 bus to Horseshoe Beach, then later that day continuing on to Hamilton on the #7 before taking the Hamilton Ferry back to Dockyard. Day 2 Ferry to Hamilton then walk up the hill to the central bus station and took #11 bus to St. George, and finally the ferry back to Dockyard late in the day.
In St. George there is a one hour trolley ride through town we really enoyed, discounted from $25.00 to $15.00 due to the Emancipation/Cup Match holiday.
All in all we loved the Haven, Bermuda, and the people of NCL.