We chose this cruise because it ended in New Orleans, right across the lake from our home town of Slidell. We have never been to Europe and thought it would be a good opportunity to see our roots, and loved the idea of a transatlantic crossing.
We flew on our own to Copenhagen two days early, and thank goodness we did because our flights got delayed due to weather and took many more hours to get there. We really liked Copenhagen, clean, lots of history and bikes everywhere!
Getting onto the ship went very smoothly, getting off the ship in New Orleans was complete chaos. Everyone getting off at the same time despite being organized by color tags on our luggage the day before. Then people getting onto the ship showing up way too soon and adding to the chaos. We took our four large suit cases and walked blocks away to catch our ride home,
We were very pleased with our cabin! Nicely decorated, roomy, good lighting (one review I read said; you had to remove you card to turn off lights, but there was switches to turn off lights by the bed and by the door right under the where you put your card in), room darkening drapes to block out the ships night lights.
We felt our cabin was very roomy, plenty of areas to store our way too many clothes that we brought. I felt it was home away from home.
Our 4 large suit cases fit under the beds, so they were out of our way.
The balcony was small, but it was enough room for us to stand or sit out while we watched the sun rise on several mornings.
The bathroom was large enough, had good lightning, warm water quickly,
Melanie, our room steward did an awesome job taking care of our needs, answering our questions, and keeping the cabin very clean!! Thanks again Melanie
We visited Blarney Castle and Gardens.
I had wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone, but didn't want to spend all my time standing in a line, so we walked around the gardens and really enjoyed it. They had a hidden water fall to hike down to! Beautiful trees and flowers to take photos. Beautiful weather that made it a great day to outside, thank goodness!
This is a private cruise ship owned property, so it has been built by them ( added sand, palm trees etc.) so it is not a natural island in the Bahamas to me. You have to ride on a tender to get in which would be fine if you didn't have to wait so long. We got on the island at one and we were not the last to get off the ship. Some didn't get off until two, so there wasn't much time to swim. Just like being on the ship, free food, a drink if you pay for it or have the drink package. If you just want a day or hour at a beach to swim or for snorkeling, book an excursion so you can get off first or if you are a gold card member you will get off first. It is a nice beach, but that is all it is.