Thursday, July 2, 2009
We Had a Great Vacation, Batteries Recharged For The Next Push, But It's Good To Be Home
We made it through the cruise, nobody fell off the ship, got sick, or killed each other, so it it was a good vacation, and a very much needed break away from captivity! It was great to not have anything to clean-up, cook, or figure out. The weather was great, Bermuda is beautiful, and the water is actually as blue as I've always heard, if not bluer. We had a great time on our first adventure at sea, and were glad the kids, and the wife's family were there to share it with.
I always heard too there was so much food you couldn't believe it, midnight buffets, round the clock smorgasbords, and mer-folk throwing seafood at you for our consumption, but we didn't find it on this cruise! The dining hall food was very good, the entrees were presented beautifully, and were very plentiful, although the shrimp cocktail reminded me of those 51-60 already cooked shrimp you see in grocery stores. There was a late night buffet each day, but it was hamburgers, hot dogs, and 7-11 pizza! One night they had a fancy spread up to the pool, in an area not accessible by wheelchair, which I used at my families urging, so the boy's plan of eating until he exploded went unfulfilled.
The one thing I did not like, even a little bit, was how they handled your drinks. We bought a prepaid soda package, $25 or so a person, show your card for a soda, no problems. The problem comes when you try to get the wait staff to get you a soda. Royal Caribbean must have it set up that every beer, shot of tequila, and rum swizzle the crew can sell, they get paid a cut? They bombard you every few seconds asking if you'd like a cocktail, in a specialty glass, only $12.75! It was over the top, very bothersome, and we had quite a few times we asked for a soda, and we never saw that particular person again. It also wasn't very easy for me to get the drinks, they were only in the bars and eating areas, so unless I was tethered to the bar, no soda.
I'd be interested to see how the other cruise lines handle things, it was great leaving out of the Port of Baltimore, we left this morning and were home in 20 minutes! I would go again without hesitation, but I think I would give one of the other lines a try, I wasn't overly impressed with Royal C! I spent most of my free time alone up on the top deck looking at the water, searching for dolphins and Arial, never saw either, but had a blast, must have taken 50 pictures for other couples up the very top. We had a ball, including watching the kids parasail, worth every penny, and made the trip!