We loved the idea of our first cruise being to Bermuda, where we could explore for a few days instead of only a couple hours. Bermuda was AMAZING. The people are so genuine and nice. We rented scooters to tour the island and found some wonderful spots to explore (a mix of local haunts and touristy attractions). I will visit Bermuda again for sure. I fell in love with the country and the people. The ship food was fantastic. We did a 3 meal plan to be able to explore some of the specialty dining. Le Bistro and Moderno were our favorites. We were less than impressed with the spa staff. Having gotten many massages in the past, we wanted to add this to our cruise experience. Our 75 minute massage consisted of about 10 minutes of them telling us what was wrong with us do to our requested massage points and then them continuing to babble on and on, pressuring us to buy more services and products the entire massage. It wasn't even a little bit relaxing. Such a waste of our time and money. Next time we will avoid the spa completely and get better spa service the day before leaving. Another tip would be to skip the 'Shopping Shannon' or 'Shopping in Port' presentations unless you are going with the intention to buy diamonds. We did end up buying some lovely jewelry, but had no intention of spending $15,000 on jewelry and her entire spiel was on jewelry instead of helpful shopping tips, such as go to the scooter rental store to get snorkel gear for $25 instead of $40 in the other stores.... or shop in Hamilton for better prices than in the Royal Navy Dockyard. These were the tips we thought we'd be getting.
The cabin was nice... BUT housekeeping took it upon them selves to throw away papers that I had in a neat pile on the desk. They were a mix of brochures and papers from various activities we had participated in that I was saving for the travel scrapbook at home. Why on Earth they decided they could throw my things away was beyond me. We kept the 'Do Not Disturb' sign up the rest of the trip and simply swapped out towels as needed on our own.
We decided to rent a scooter and were able to see the entirety of the islands. From joining in on local festivities up on St. David's island (it was Heroes Day, a national holiday), to snorkeling at many roadside stops, some more local, some touristy, like Tobacco Bay, and Horseshoe Bay. We saw Hamilton and St. George. We literally went up one side of the island and down the other. It was a long, but very successful day of exploring, shopping, eating, and meeting the locals. This excursion of our own developed our love for Bermuda.