What a wonderful and awe inspiring beginning to our cruise! Thanks to the "powers that be" we were privileged to have the best seats in the house for viewing the spotlight beams blazing into the sky in remembrance of those who so tragically lost their lives on 9/11.
Travel and Embarkation: Smooth sailing from start to finish. We drove from RI straight down 95, took the Henry Hudson Parkway south (9A south)straight to the pier. We recommend going straight to parking an not to the drop off point. Baggage handlers are at the parking lot to help. We processed through at about 1130 and got aboard at about 1230. Went to eat and dropped our stuff off at 1330.
Cabin: Superb! Clean and more than enough room for the two of us. We really enjoyed the balcony. The steward from Indonesia was efficient--probably the best we have ever had.
As mentioned before, the cabin was great. The space was optimized. I'm not sure how things could have been better arranged. Having cruised previously, we knew what the space would be like and packed accordingly. IF you do this, you won't have a problem.
Bermuda was wonderful--Maria notwithstanding! She just added to the experience. We recommend taking the ferry from King's Wharf to St Georges (40 minutes) and returning on the "pink bus" via Hamilton. St Georges was neat as a pin, but very quiet. It is perhaps the most quaint and picturesque of the three main cities. Lots of history. Hamilton was bustling place. We ate at the Pickled Onion on Front St right across from the pier (Veendam was in port) and had the local chowder--absolutely superb!! We did a little window shopping at took the 45 minute ride to King's Wharf. Plenty of time to lounge around before early seating. Day 2 was all Maria. We did get off the ship and hit the Clocktower Mall once the rain easede ujp. It was extremely windy, but not so windy you could get over to the mall via the provided transportation. We actually walked back. Day 3 was Horsehoe Bay which was nice and refreshing. It's a long walk back up the hill, but not a show-stopper. Trip back was uneventful except for the second sea day. We hit some unnamed depression that carried 57 knot winds so we were rocking and rolling most of the way back. It wasn't an issue for most.