First to start off, this was my family 5th cruise together and our second on Royal Caribbean. We have previously been on Carnival (twice) and NCL (once overnight night cruise) I have three daughters (18,18,16) all girls. We live on Long island which was the primary reason for picking this cruise due to the close location.
We arrived at Port Liberty at 11:15 and parked the car for $80 for the 5 days. We were on the ship by 12:00 and were eating lunch in Windjammer. We then explored the ship for a little and at 1 o'clock we headed to check out our room. We had a balcony and the room wasn't that bad for 4 people. I loved being able to go on the balcony at night it was very quiet. Our room steward was the best we ever had. Any time we asked him for something he gave it to us right away.
Entertainment: Our cruise director was Dave Chapman and he was by far the best CD that we have ever had. He was so funny and made everyone have a great time. He made the cruise a million times better. We always saw him at all the events having a great time. The Quest and the Love and Marriage game show was hilarious as usual, and the production shows was good. And of course the ice show is not to be missed. It is amazing all that they can do on such small ice. The 70's dance party was fun to see Dave dancing.
Food: The food in Windjammer was only OK, but we loved going to the Promenade Cafe and getting some cookies and sandwiches. We ate in the dining room every night and it was pretty good. We sat in Columbus for the main seating. Lobster night was the last night of the cruise and it was good. We also ate in the dining room for breakfast a few times which was also nice.
Activities: We did all the sports activities that are on board this ship. I loved the ice stating and the inline skating the best. I also attended activities like scrapbooking and the dogdeball tournament. I enjoyed them all. On port days the pool gets crowded fast but we always seemed to find a spot to sit.
Bermuda: This was the nicest port we have been to ever. Once off the ship we brought a 2-day bus and ferry passes. Which was worth it. The prices are $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under. The first day we headed to Horseshoe Bay via bus. While on the bus you get a nice scenic view of the island. Horseshoe Bay is beautiful. When we were there it started to downpour for 20 minutes but the storm passed and then the sun came out and it never looked liked it rained. You can rent umbrellas and beach chairs for $15 each and when you return them they give you five dollars back. At the beach you can buy food and they have a changing station. Destination Dockyard was canceled that night due to bad weather. Instead on the ship they had a variety show with a juggler and a comedian. It wasn't bad but we would of liked to see Destination Dockyard.
Day 2: We took the ferry to Hamilton. It was a nice ride but it was raining so everyone was wet. By the time we got off the ferry it stopped and Hamilton was nice. We walked around and did a little shopping. We then took the bus over to St. George where there were two NCL ships docked. We went to the Bermuda Perfumery and brought some cream which was nice. We then took the ferry back to dockyard where everyone feel asleep.
Ship: We found that the ship was in pretty good condition. The mini golf green didn't looked bad and we always saw people cleaning the ship. Don't forget to go to the helipad which is really nice. On the last night of the cruise we went there and there was no wind at all, so we stood at the very point which was really nice since we were the only ones there.
Disembarkation: We woke up early to see the ship come into port and we then went to get breakfast. Later we went to the Palace Theater at 8:30 to wait for our color to be called. We were yellow which was right in the middle. There were no lines at all to get off the ship and to go through Customs once our color was called.
Overall: Best vacation that we have been on let. So much to do that you are never bored. We will definitely cruise again on RCCL.