This was our second cruise on Royal Caribbean. We have also sailed Princess, NCL and Carnival. This ship compared in quality to our cruise on the Crown Princess. We enjoyed the beauty of the ship, how well it has been cared for, and all the activities it has to offer. We found the food, service, and entertainment to be very good.
We left on October 18th, and hit rough seas on the way to Bermuda. The Captain announced the next morning that we sailed through 40 ft swells and 50 mi per hour winds as there was a storm out over the ocean. That night was pretty rocky. The drawers banged open and closed, the ship creaked, etc. A fellow passenger told us he saw lounge chairs being blown from the ship into the ocean. The next day many were tied down. There were sea sick passengers.
We took dramamine round the clock the 1st two days, so we had some drowsiness even with the less drowsy formula. During this time, the pools, hot tubs, rock wall, ice show and dance show had to be cancelled for safety. We managed to enjoy these activities more on our way back from Bermuda. It was not warm enough to use the pools on the ride to and from Bermuda, but many people used the hot tubs.
Bermuda was beautiful!! We went to Horseshoe bay and walked to the right and left sides of the main beach where there are beautiful coves with turquoise water and huge rocks that make for gorgeous pictures. The weather was 74 and mostly sunny and the sea temp was 77. It was definitely warm enough for sunning and swimming.
Overall, a great cruise even with the rough seas. Wish we had better weather on the way there and back. I would recommend booking in early October rather than late October, but in Hurricane season there are no guarantees no matter when you go...