6 Night Bahamas (Norfolk Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 17, 2010 Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
We liked the ship overall. It was nice and for the most part didn't seem overly crowded. There were several whirlpools, enough for all the guests. The only drawback was that the whirlpools and regular pools were closed in the evenings. One of our favorite areas was called the Serenity and was an adults-only area. It was fitted with many chairs with cushions and was away from all the noise and hustle and bustle of the rest of the ship. We liked it so much that we spent at least 3 of our days up in that area. My overall complaint through most of the trip though was that the ship was kept too cold. When almost every woman in the main entrainment lounge is wearing hoodie sweaters over their formal wear, you know the ship is too cold. We also talked with several other guests that shared our sentiments about the temperature on the ship. One other negative: We wanted to play shuffleboard at 5:30 one evening and found out that they stop renting equipment at 5:00 p.m. We felt that was unreasonable. It wasn't even dark out yet!
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The formal dining was absolutely excellent. The other food was just ok. The only 24/7 option was the pizza. They even shut off the frozen yogurt machines at night. It would have been nicer if the grill or one or two other things were open. The lines were also long almost all the time for the restaurant up on the Lido deck. One thing that was very nice though was that the maitre d' accommodated us and let us dine early (we were registered for late dining) in the Golden room one night so that we could see the shows we wanted that night. It turned out that we also ended up liking the Golden Dining room better than the Platinum Dining room where we ate the other nights.
5 out of 5
The entertainment that they had was excellent. I have to commend the dancers, in particular on how hard they worked and how much energy they put into the shows. We loved Joel, who played in the atrium many nights. We also really loved Duane, who played the piano bar every night. Our only complaint was that the bars and lounges were not open late enough for us: Everything but the dance club and casino closed between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
We had an excellent steward. Our waiters in the formal dining did a nice job as well. We had no trouble getting drinks or service at any time anywhere throughout the ship. We had one waiter in the piano bar, named Adi, that we really liked. He remembered our drinks and the fact that I liked specific brands of liquor and my drinks accompanied with a water.
3 out of 5
Liked the ship overall, but it didn't have the Wow! factor of some of the other ships I've traveled on. It was still was very nice though. It's a large ship and we had around 3,000 passengers on board, but it rarely felt overly crowded, which was nice. The layout was good and we enjoyed having our stateroom on Deck 7 about in the middle of the ship. It made it easier to get from one area to another. It had a good amount of elevators, stairs, and restrooms as well. The only negative aspect on the layout was when they had the photography stations set up. It often made things a bit congested trying to navigate around the photo stations on those nights. One thing that I noticed this time around though was that it seemed that the tables and areas around the shipped were not kept as clean as on other ships I'd been on. On other ships, they'd be cleaning tables as soon as someone got up and you wouldn't see cups and plates all over the tales on the decks and whatnot.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had a small interior stateroom and it was pretty much what you would expect from one of those small rooms. We don't spend much time in the room anyway, so it doesn't have to be large for us. Our steward did an excellent job keeping it up for us as well.
We did a horse and buggy ride through the downtown area. It was overpriced, but fun and gave us a lay of the land, so to speak. The vendors at the Straw Market are very pushy, but I'd still recommend checking it out. We loved the little zoo on the island. It's a little pricey ($30 for 2) for the size, but we absolutely loved the atmosphere, which was very jungle-ish and very unique. The flamingo march was a riot too! I had the best mudslides at Senior Frogs with wonderful seating right on the water that gave us a great view of the port and ships. Atlantis is gorgeous, of course. It's definitely a must-see, but it's huge so expect to do a lot of walking. It's also very, very pricey: We paid $8 for two bottles of Gatorade. Also, taste the pina colada and/or strawberry daiquiri ice-cream-ish things they have at Twin Brothers in the Fish Fry area. They were fantastic!
Don't Miss: We loved the little zoo, Senior Frog's, and Atlantis is beautiful.
Pros: The entertainment, piano bar, formal dining
Cons: AC too cold for most of cruise, bars and lounges closed too early for us
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