7 Night Bermuda (Philadelphia Roundtrip) Sail Date: September 27, 2008 Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
We knew the ship was older and smaller than those we had taken previously, but didn't expect that it would be as limited as it was in terms of decor (almost non-existent), entertainment options (mediocre at best except for the variety show by the singers and dancers), and lack of adults-only areas. There was a lack of outdoor seating on deck and around the buffet for casual dining. We always take (and buy) a lot of pictures, but the backdrops on this ship were not up to par.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The quality of the food was good, but the quantity left something to be desired. I weigh 125 pound and don't eat large meals, but even for me the appetizers and entrees seemed skimpy. The soups, salads and desserts were good. We decided that we'd rather forego the freestyle of dining and go back to having a waiter and assistant who knew our preferences, and to have the same group of fellow diners each night instead of having to go through the same old getting to know you conversation every day.
1 out of 5
The cruise director was onboard for the week only and was not popular with either the passengers or the entertainers, some of whom made no secret of their opinions. The entertainers tried hard, but the quality was what you would typically expect from a neighborhood bar or restaurant, not a showroom.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
For the most part, the staff was friendly, but it seemed that they were forcing themselves to be cheerful. They would assist if you asked, but didn't often offer to go out of their way.
3 out of 5
The layout of the ship was confusing and we were still consulting the diagrams at the end of the week. Fortunately the ship's diagrams were in all of the elevator/stair areas. The public areas were clean except for the restrooms. There was little in the way of decor except that in the Crossroads area and the section where the art auctioneers changed the pictures daily.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Our stateroom was larger than we had expected and better laid out, but the bathroom (as expected) was very small. The comedian joked that if you soaped the walls, then turned around, you could get a quick bath. I really don't know how some of the larger people on board managed.
Bermuda is lovely and we want to go back. The beaches are beautiful and there is good snorkeling, and the history is interesting and well-presented. If you buy a bus pass, it is also good on the ferries, and there are frequent buses and ferries so you can set your own schedule. Everything is expensive, so be prepared. The people were very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful.
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