We took a chance sailing in mid-October from Baltimore to Canada and New England, but we hoped to be in the area at the height of fall colors. It really paid off- Weather was beautiful- warm and sunny at each port. The trees were colorful. We packed for cold and wound up with a tropical-feeling cruise after the first two days.
Embarkation at Baltimore was efficient. We took Elite Transportation to the pier and their driver was helpful and friendly. There was no long gangway climb, but RCCL provided a gentleman to push my wife's wheelchair, which was appreciated.
The ship itself is smaller than most ships today but it was entirely large enough for our taste. The weather was a bit cold the first two days and it made staying on deck uncomfortable. My wife and her sister, who accompanied us, are smokers and the pool deck was the only place smoking was permitted, other than the casino and there were very limited areas there where one might smoke. Nevertheless, people complained about the smoke. It was an overwhelmingly "retirement" age crowd. I saw three children the whole cruise.
We booked a "handicapped" stateroom due to my wife's walking difficulties, and while it was roomy, the storage space was limited. The lifejackets stored under the beds made storing our suitcases difficult. The fact we had three in a cabin seemed to confuse the steward at first, but he got it together by the third day. There was a "sofa" which apparently did not make into a bed, and the steward brought in a folding bed.
Just a shuttle to the marketplace - restaurants and shops.
As we boarded and sailed, there was a Fleet Week going on in Baltimore harbor and we had a couple hours of a free Navy Blue Angels air show. Once, all five aircraft came directly at the ship as we were at lifeboat stations and flew over us with a thundering noise.
Pretty spectacular. Thanks, Navy.