Background information: My husband and I are in our 80s, and I use a small mobility scooter to help me get around. This was a cruise to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary with our four children. This was Bob's 19th cruise and my 30th cruise overall. It was his fifth and my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean. We booked this cruise everyone could get off work on those dates and because it went out of Baltimore to Bermuda, and we always love to go to Bermuda. None of our children had seen much of Bermuda, so it was pretty new to them, and two of them had never been on a cruise before.
Embarkation - One daughter came a day early and stayed an inner harbor hotel. She Ubered to the port. One daughter was driven by her husband. The third daughter's family flew in and stayed in a hotel near the airport. Our son drove up from SC and stayed in the same hotel. He took them all to the ship. Bob and I drove up from southern Maryland and arrived at the cruise terminal about 11. Check in was pretty quick. But we could not get into the room until 1:00 and the dining room was not open which meant everyone had to eat lunch in the Windjammer with all their luggage. This was NOT a good experience. I was supposed to have on-board credit, and it was never added to my account
I thought the muster drill was kind of sketchy. They held it out on the deck (which meant that only about one in eight people could see because most people were behind another person). It was outside even for the people in wheelchairs, walkers and scooters. Unlike some ships who do the muster drills for the mobility challenged inside. Some people have a problem standing for that period of time.
The cabin was a handicapped cabin and it was slightly larger than the other cabins. We were pretty close to the elevators and we did hear people sometimes in the hall. The door would stay open for me to get out without Bob having to hold it open. There was plenty of room for me to maneuver and charge the scooter and also several panic buttons in various locations. There was a small fridge and a safe and a TV. There was plenty of space for storing things. It would have been better if the bed was where the couch was and vice versa. Then someone could sit on the couch and watch TV and someone in bed wouldn't have to watch it. But to do that, the person on the left side of the bed would have to leap over the end of the bed to get to the bathroom because there is not room between the end of the bed and the dresser - that's the way all the Royal Caribbean staterooms are apparently. Normally we make the beds into twins to avoid that problem.
There was no place to put anything near the toilet. Like wipes. Because the toilet paper was so thin that it could not do an effective job. There was a nice seat in the shower which I appreciated, and I could use the hand-held shower head.
I booked a tour with Lewis Foggo - a blue flag guide that I have used before.
We grew up in Baltimore. There was no need for us to take an excursion here