This was our first cruise. We had been interested in cruising for some time and when we received a storming deal via a travel agent we had used previously, we decided to just go for it. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, even though there were some things that could have been better.
Positives included a new, modern ship, and you could tell. Particularly when comparing to others parked up in port next to us. Our balcony room was clean, and spacious enough for our needs. The dedicated en-suite shower (as opposed to a fixing over a bath) had a glass door enclosure and not a curtain, which was good. The room felt bright and airy.
Cleanliness and hygiene on the boat was exemplary. With regard to Covid, I don’t think they could have done anymore — we were required to return a negative PCR within 48 hours of embarkation, and then had to pass a Lat flow Test on embarkation. We also had temperature checks each day, on entering breakfast. Additionally each Friday, we had to take another LFT, which was explained as being required due to the ship docking in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. This was compulsory, whether you got off the ship or not. Our observations were that mask wearing was enforced in indoor areas of the ship (including the buffet), but that you could remove them when eating, and outdoors, when socially distanced. People put them on for going to the toilet, and generally followed the guidelines. It was in-line with those countries around the world, where mask wearing is advocated.
Our cabin was light, airy & functional. Th en-suite shower had a glass door enclosure rather than a curtain which was nice. cruisemapper dot com does a good review of cabins by line and boat. We had a sofa separate to our bed. The balcony was compact, but nice and enough to sit out as a couple.
Solid. Decent range of shops. Easy to walk into town after the main cruise shops drag. Lots of people offering taxis, but no hassle if you politely declined. Easy to walk to the cricket ground if you want.
Did the mountain railway excursion—excellent. The area and shops around the cruise terminal was very good.
Easy to walk to the main town — 10 minutes and no need for a taxi. Very good for duty free.
Be careful if visiting on a Sunday — it's fine in the morning, but fairly dead in the afternoon. Easy to rent a lounger and umbrella on the beach if you fancy that. Plenty of bars & shops.
Had a nice feel.
Large port, bit industrial in its feel. Currently unable to get to the centre of Bridgetown unless on an official excursion, or using official taxis due to Covid restrictions. Shops in the cruise terminal not that great. Cruise terminal and its shops, not nearly as good as some of the smaller islands.