Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Bermuda

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4-6 cruises

Review
1

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5 out of 5

Great Cruise

Sail Date: July 29, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was smaller, which we prefer - about 1800 passengers. It was very clean, decorated in lovely serene colors, and very easy to navigate our way around. The lounges were great, especially the Bolero (the most comfortable seats) and the Schooner. The Windjammer and Carmen dining rooms were kept immaculate.

Pros: Dining, especially Portifino restaurant, and excellent service, and being able to leave from Phila. No Flying!!

Cons: I can't think of anything

St. George's, Bermuda
I had been to Bermuda before, and explored St. George's in depth. On this cruise we walked to the Town Square, and did a bit of shopping, and took a tour by horse and carriage. The driver was well informed and gave us a great bit of history of St. George. Maybe next time, I would go right to Tobacco Bay beach for a few hours. Some friends told us they went on the glass bottom boat tour, and because of the heat and humidity, this was a very pleansant excursion.
Hamilton, Bermuda
We went to Horsehoe Bay for a day at the beach. The beach was beautiful, and the water was torquoise,so clear and beautiful. The amenities were a bit lacking - porta potties, cheap umbrellas and chairs. We went to Elbow Beach the next day. Approx 100 yards from the private Elbow Beach was a site to rent comfortable chairs and umbrellas. We ate a FABULOUS lunch at Mickey's restaurant (right on the beach), a HUGE chicken and mango salad that was to die for. We took very comfortable (and reasonably priced) taxis to these two beaches. Hamilton held a street fair on Wednesday night, but that was the night we dined at Portifino, so we only caught the last 30 minutes or so. People said it was very much fun, and great for the kids. We did very little shopping, because we chose to spend so much time at the beaches.
Don't Miss: The beaches.
St. George's, Bermuda
I had been to Bermuda before, and explored St. George's in depth. On this cruise we walked to the Town Square, and did a bit of shopping, and took a tour by horse and carriage. The driver was well informed and gave us a great bit of history of St. George. Maybe next time, I would go right to Tobacco Bay beach for a few hours. Some friends told us they went on the glass bottom boat tour, and because of the heat and humidity, this was a very pleansant excursion.
Hamilton, Bermuda
We went to Horsehoe Bay for a day at the beach. The beach was beautiful, and the water was torquoise,so clear and beautiful. The amenities were a bit lacking - porta potties, cheap umbrellas and chairs. We went to Elbow Beach the next day. Approx 100 yards from the private Elbow Beach was a site to rent comfortable chairs and umbrellas. We ate a FABULOUS lunch at Mickey's restaurant (right on the beach), a HUGE chicken and mango salad that was to die for. We took very comfortable (and reasonably priced) taxis to these two beaches. Hamilton held a street fair on Wednesday night, but that was the night we dined at Portifino, so we only caught the last 30 minutes or so. People said it was very much fun, and great for the kids. We did very little shopping, because we chose to spend so much time at the beaches.
Don't Miss: The beaches.


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