We have wanted to go to Bermuda for a long time and a cruise is a perfect way to get there. We spent a week sightseeing in New York beforehand and stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in Long Island City. i highly recommend this hotel for price and ease of transportation into Manhattan. Why spend twice as much just to be downtown when this place is 2 blocks from Queensborough Plaza Station? Use the Metro and spend that money elsewhere!
Check-in for the cruise was so quick it was rushed. The photographer also rushed us and put us blocking the hull art in the embarkation photo, which was a disappointment. However the regular photography services on board were great and we ended up buying several photos, including a print on canvas. Service all around was very good and always with a smile.
Dining was a mixed bag, ranging from a perfect lamb shank to an inedible steak in the MDR. The Sabrett hotdog cart was great and the nightly made to order crepe station is a must do. I was not a fan of the lobster being only available at the buffet on the dress up night. It should be available in the MDR also.
We were in a minisuite which was quite spacious. The waterfall shower was very nice, as were the provided soaps and shampoo. The bed was very comfortable. Storage was plentiful but I would have preferred more drawers instead of shelves.
Smoke was an issue in the interior public spaces and was the only drawback to the design of this ship. It permeated most of the interior.
There were so many activities we did not have time to do all we wanted to do. We did not feel the need to eat at any specialty restaurants but did pay to see the Cirque Dinner the first night for a 25% discount. The other shows were all included and were good (Second City) to great (Rock of Ages). Burn the Floor (dancing), the magician, the Jazz Band in Fats, Howl at the Moon duelling pianos and Fire and Ice were all very enjoyable. There is no nickle and diming here!
Bermuda was very nice and September gave us very moderate temperatures, not to hot and not too cold. The scenery was beautiful and having 3 days in port made it easy to enjoy the country and not feel rushed.
Disembarkation was somewhat slow just because you need to go through customs. We always have a complete list of purchases already prepared and were waved on through.