We've done a lot of traveling and have come to the conclusion that all our best travel experiences have one thing in common: sunny weather. I hate anyplace that is cloudy or rainy. Even if it is nice the next day. So when this cruise had perfect weather start to finish, it made up for any small imperfections.
Our cabin 8146 on deck 8 had a slightly larger than average verandah, otherwise it was a standard cabin on an aging ship. Rust on the balcony, discolored caulking in the shower, a curtain rather than a shower door... all small things made up for by perfect weather. Our cabin attendant was right on the mark though, he got us whatever we asked for and delivered it all with a smile.
This ship does by and large have a good crew. The captain is so good he can be in charge of the ship AND do comedy on stage. He's that good. And the HR guy on board (sorry I forgot his name, Nathan Something) he really is a former actor and he should be a cruise director, he is also incredibly entertaining. The cruise director Ken Mills, is great onstage. He missed an opportunity to make my day offstage but the weather made up for that.
The food... as always it's catered food, not restaurant food. We ate five nights in the MDR, one in Normandie and one in the Buffet. I was disappointed with nearly every fish entree... they were just bland, all but the tilapia, so I switched to ordering other things, like some of the vegetarian dishes (ask for the vegetarian menu, it has some things not on the regular one). Service in the MDR was excellent, a little less so in Normandie, I'm not sure it was worth the extra $45 to have that "experience".
We had the classic beverage package as part of our promotion. Not being big drinkers we would never have ordered it ourselves but it gave us the opportunity to order fresh squeezed oj (sometimes two glasses), specialty coffees and other "zero proof" drinks we would not have otherwise ordered. Service was especially good in Cafe al Bacio where they quickly knew our names and our preferences.
We don't care for the production shows. The comedian Ed Regine was better than average as was the female singer Roz Ryan although she disappointed in her closing night performance when although she promised "all new material" half of it was the same song from the previous performance. Could it be she really only knows six songs? The pianist (Jordan) is a doll and the latin guitarist is very good.
Room service screwed up three times and then I stopped ordering from them. But the sunny weather made up for it.
We did not do any shore excursions, this being an English speaking country and having plenty of time to explore on our own on public transport. The first day we went to Hamilton by ferry and came back by bus. The second day we went to St. Georges and back by ferry nd the third day we stayed in Kings Wharf close to the ship. Highlights were Tobacco Bay Beach in St. Georges and lunch in Hamilton. Oh, and the perfumery in St. Georges. I loved it.
We enjoyed the sea days (did I mention the weather was perfect?) so we booked a Transatlantic (check that off my bucket list) for next year. Hoping for perfect weather again.