Good Morning Speakies:
As you read on Monday's post, Roe and I took a well needed cruise to Nassau and Bermuda (we always wanted to go there). I should have known after embarkation this cruise maybe questionable. We traveled with a group and had fun on the bus ride down. Once we proceeded with arriving at the terminal, things turned south. We were to have wheel chairs meet us but had to hunt them down. It was no fun carrying two oxygen concentrators, a carry on bag and Roe's walker. Once inside the terminal things went okay. Our room was ready but small and we had to climb over each other to put our luggage and personal items away. The welcome buffet and buffet in general will be later written later in this post. We finally settled in and it was time for life boat drill which went smoothly. We met our room steward Alex and his associate who were absolutely great.
Dinner time, Roe, our friends and I had an early sitting. We were shown to our table, however our friends were seated at an other table. With a little charm Roe had the couple at our table move and we were all seated together. The first night I order a Rib-eye steak, the steak was nothing more than fat and grizzle. The meals in the dinning room were not great dinning Italian cuisine as expected by us and the many passengers. Dishes were only warm, no taste in the macaroni or any of the sauces served. Waiters were nice and friendly. I wish I could say that about the rest of the dinning staff. We ate every dinner meal at our assigned table and made the best of it.
The buffet had a variety of dishes American, Italian, Oriental, with a nice salad bar and fruit bar. The only problem was the warmth of the food and to find which side of the buffet was open. With such a full ship, both sides should have been opened at all times. We did enjoy the breakfasts and the lunch and had fun sitting with our friends. At night the buffet served pizza to midnight, all with hot dogs, burgers and drinks. We made it a point to enjoy a different slice of pizza every night.
After attending two after dinner shows we decided to skip the rest. It was like attending an opera with Frazier and Niles Crane. Song too long and the rest consisted of dancing. I've been on many cruises, give me a comedian, magic act or great singers.
Roe played the casino and was rooked out of $15 but she did put up a great fight over it but still lost. We enjoyed the music in the lounge area, featuring a couple from Italy who were great. I had a few gin and tonics, served in a tall glass with complimentary chips and oriental snacks. The Gelato on the pool deck was great I had a double chocolate and Roe enjoyed the Kiwi and Pistachio flavored.
Weather was windy and chilly and mostly cloudy all week. Sailing was good, one could feel the ship move side to side but nothing to make you seasick. We stayed on board at our visit to Nassau, been there many times. In Bermuda, the first day stayed aboard ship due to tendering because the dock was full of other cruise ships. Finally they positioned the ship at the docks and we went to shore the second day. Tram driver on the dock was an idiot. He would not help handicap passengers to get aboard along with their wheel chairs, scooters and walkers. Roe shared her wrath against him like a sailor who had too much rum. We later found out this idiot caused two passengers to be injured, causing them to be hospitalized in Bermuda.
All in all we made the best of the cruise but we will only choose Royal Caribbean in the future as we have sailed with them a number of times. The ship we were on was the MSC Poisea which is based out of Europe and was heading back. Good luck to those who sail away. Some pictures were posted yesterday so enjoy. Have a great day.