We live in Northern Virginia so we decided to go to Baltimore and take the R/C ship to New England and Canada. We just drove up, parked and got on. Very easy and cheaper than when we have to travel to a port city far away. On the other hand, we like the adventure of traveling and exploring those other cities so much that when this was over, my wife said she did not feel like we had really gone on a cruise. Odd, but I understand what she was saying.
The ship has no spa, no sauna, stream room. That was a let down. The pool was used in the morning by some private group teaching lessons that we could not sign up for and they frowned on us getting in the pool with them. We did it anyway. The gym had only one full time person, a young lady from England, who was nice but got very tired teaching ALL the classes and thus, some of the free classes simply were cancelled. They needed at least one other person up there. I wrote all this up in the ship's review.
The ship is being renewed, renovated in November 2012, So maybe they can figure out how to put a steam room in somewhere.
The food in the buffet was very good. Excellent variety and very good service. We liked it so much we ate all breakfasts there, all but one lunch there, and several of our dinners. The food in the main dinning room was good. Service good too.
Entertainment was very good. We saw almost every show. We had fun in the gaming room. Good odds on craps on two nights on this cruise.
Surprise was Portland Maine. See the Victoria House and the Wadsworth Longfellow houses if you like history and/or architecture.
Boston was a bit of a let down. We had to be back on the ship by 2 or 3 so it was rush, rush to see a little bit. We took the subway to Harvard station and walked over to get a free one hour long tour of the university lead by a smart young sophomore the same age of my Va Tech student daughter. Then after we walked over to the Washington Longfellow house and that was so interesting.
We were able to buy liquor bottles to bring home without having to worry about getting them home once we were off the boat, that was nice.
we will go again when the ship is updated.