The ship was absolutely beautiful and nicely appointed. This was to be my first cruise ever...5 days leaving from Baltimore and sailing to Bermuda. Importunely, Hurricane Florence was also scheduled to arrive in Bermuda at the same time. They changed our itinerary to head to Nassau Bahamas instead, which was perfectly fine with me. As luck would have it though, the ship developed a problem with the starboard rudder and was unable to leave port until 4am Tuesday (instead of Sunday night). This meant we did not have any time to visit a port of call at all, and would instead just sail out to sea. We were offered a 50% refund and again I was fine with this option. My mistake was not realizing the impact a Hurricane has on the ENTIRE ocean. When we left, we had such rough seas and swells, that the ship was seriously rolling from side to side and bucking front to back over the swells. There was a constant bang, bang sound as we slammed over the trough of the swells. Passengers were generally all seasick (even some of the crew were publicly ill). It was rainy and relentless. The food was delicious, but I couldn't keep it down. There was a small riot at the pursers desk as other passengers were expressing their displeasure. They felt the cruise line knew what this trip would be like and should have cancelled the trip. The following day was sunny, and even though the waves were still aggressive, most of us had overcome our seasickness. We had the one good day for tanning, and then it was time to turn the boat around. We then headed back into the rain and swells for the trip home. Most of the time the pools had to be closed because the water was a mini tsunami and sloshing out. Some of the shows had to be cancelled because it was too dangerous for the dancer to perform. I also discovered that there is really not much to do on a ship if you're not going to a port. Even ping pong is hard to play in strong winds and waves. Our last day out, most of us were just counting the hours until we were back in port.
A cruise to no where
Sail Date: September 10, 2006
Pros: The dining and service
Cons: The hurricane and broken starboard rudder