This was our 8th cruise and 2nd on Royal Caribbean. We are a 50 ish couple celebrating our 25th anniversary. Embarkation: Easy ride from Long Island to Bayonne. The line was a little long getting into the terminal (about a 10 Minute wait)We arrived around noon. Once in, it was smooth sailing. We were given a number and a told to wait in the waiting area. there were cookies and beverages. When your number was called you a boarded a bus to the ship. It took about an hour. Unfortunately, our room wasn't ready (it was still being "cleaned") So we went up to the buffet. Food: lots of it, and just fair. Portofino- specialty restaurant- great. Formal night food was very good and the last night the lobster tail was very good. Lunches were just mediocre
Room: since this was our 8th cruise we are use to ships cabins, but this seemed smaller than Celebrity and Princess rooms. We were on the 6th floor with a balcony. Unfortunately on the 6th floor the balconies enclosures were metal on the bottom (the upper decks were glass) so therefore it felt claustrophobic and like you were in a sardine can. Usually we enjoy sitting on the balcony but this was not the case. We also felt that the room was not "spotless". It was clean, but the carpet could have been cleaner and everything looked worn and somewhat dirty.
Entertainment: I thought the cruise director Dave Chapman did a great job. Don't miss the love and marriage show. It was hysterical. The musical reviews were also very good.
Bermuda: Because we missed one day (hurricane Bertha) it was very chaotic. We got off the boat and there were huge lines everywhere. We finally got on the 7 bus to horseshoe bay. It was extremely crowded and because the bus arrived early to the bus terminal where they were switching drivers, they stayed at this parking lot for 10-15 minutes, it was extremely hot. It ended up taking us over an hour to get to horseshoe. It is one of nicest beaches. After all the anxiety from the Bus ride, we ended up taking a taxi back to the pier ($30.00) it was well worth it. The driver gave us information and pointed out certain things (like the smallest drawbridge in the world) We walked around the dockyard, did some shopping, walked into the Snorkel Park, which seemed fine.
Staff: I thought the captain of the ship did a great job under a lot of stress from Hurricane bertha. He kept the boat in calm waters for most of the trip.
Disembarkation: We signed up for walk off (with your own luggage) and it went pretty well. Since we were on the 6th floor all the elevators were crowded going down so we had to got UP first to go Down!
It was a pleasure leaving from a home port. My only complaint would be that the gym equipment was on the old side. Their spa facilities (steam room etc, could have been better) and the Adult pool area was a little noisy and not as relaxing as it should have been. We loved the royal Promenade. What a great feature. the parades and "disco" were fun.