Dinner the first night: We went back to our rooms to unpack and get dressed for dinner around 6:30pm. We had made reservations at Cagney's at 8:30pm-it was my brother's birthday. We had a party of 10 and you only get reservations anywhere for 10 at 5:30pm or 8:30pm. We met the famous matra d' Sonny and had a fabulous waiter. We all had filet minion...it was absolutely like butter and the whole dinner was five star! You sit down they put a menu in your hand and a napkin in your lap-all week-every meal. And I never had to ask for a fill up of coffee or water or anything...they were killing themselves to cater to our every need. It was amazing and a great way to start the cruise off.
We went back and hit the sack around 10:30pm....not much to do that night and we were all beat-getting to the pier and all the excitement really sapped our energy. Now in our room 11130 (& adjoining 11132 which had man/wife two small kids) we had three women in it. Two beds and my bed the slab of pain-I slept on the pull out sofa which was a huge board with one inch of so-called foam. I got extra pillows and built a bed on top. Of course I got some feather pillows by mistake and of course woke up sick as a dog-being allergic as I am. Very careless of me. The person on the pull out bed got to pull curtains all around and monopolize the fridge and TV. If you read at night you have to get out of bed to shut off the lights-go figure. We stocked our fridge with our water bottles we brought (glad we did it was 4.50 a bottle on the ship.) and used a night light and $1 shoe rack in the bathroom for all our "products." The closet was big enough for three but I chose to keep everything packed in my suit case and sat it up after retrieving something out of it-What clothes I took could take that abuse-luckily. But it was a pain in the neck but we managed. We brought water in the carry-on so when that was emptied I put my laundry bag in that and filled it up throughout the week.
One of our party is in a motorized wheel chair-his room was 11116. It was the width of two mini suites with two sliding glass doors and a huge bathroom. Each side of the room had a bed and the only down thing was that the ramps to reach the lip of the sliding glass doors were too steep for anyone in a wheel chair to manage and with a motorized chair it could not clear it because of the angle. He got to sit near the sliding glass doors with them open and seemed okay with that. It was the one small complaint. They need longer ramps like they have all over the rest of the ship.
Sunday morning we headed off to the Venetian for breakfast-I wanted to be served-I can do buffets at home. (although this is very good too) Because we were so early and seated near a wait station they filled up my coffee every sip I took and I got wired way too tight. Caffeine overdose. It was the joke of the ship. But hey-it was okay. By the way-the Venetian is a very bouncy room being in the rear of the ship and everything. My friend and I decided to checking out the ship by walking on another level and out doors-the promenade. And all the sudden my mother shows up...this huge ship and out of no where she finds us....so we went to the buffet so she can eat and we can keep her company. We made reservations for most of the rest of the evenings-on good advise of CC & because we had 10 in our party. And ate at the Venetian for lunch and went to the pool for some sun that afternoon. Went for a stroll in the afternoon on deck and ate dinner early that evening followed by a show.
Monday Morning we ate at the Venetian and broke up into two groups-We woke up docked in Bermuda and were on the starboard or right side of the ship-we had a view of Kings Wharf. One group stayed in Kings Wharf-went to the shops, straw market, hit snorkel beach which had rental chairs and a bucket of sun block to borrow. They got hair braids and came back around 4pm to the ship. My group took the ferry (4 dollars) to Hamilton. We walked around a bit and then asked a local shop keeper for a nice place to eat lunch. We had someone in our party who was in a wheel chair so we needed to find somewhere where we could get in without stairs. We did find this small bistro where we had delicious ginger beer like root beer but ginger and fish and chips. That lunch cost us approximately $18 per person. We roamed around the shops-I bought a pair of earrings I feel in love with-not a bad price. I bought some souvenirs and some rum in a duty free shop-just gave the ship and cabin number and they promised to deliver it the day I leave the ship in NYC. We took the ferry back around 2:30pm and were back in our cabin enjoying the balcony at 3:30pm. We left Bermuda around 4:30 pm and we sat and enjoyed the view....once off to sea we set off to get ready for 8:30 pm dinner.
We did the Venetian....appetizers & deserts were delicious-we had as many as we wanted. Dinner was good too. Show followed the dinner and off to bed.
The rest of this review to follow tomorrow~