I must start by stating that this was only our second cruise.
Arrival at Black Falcon in Boston was a dream. We live about 50 miles south of the city so had a friend drive us in. We left about 1030am and hit the dock at about 11:15 the stevedores grabbed the bags out of the trunk and viola we were on vacation ! Check in was well thought out , plenty of people and it went seamlessly, although due to the security procedures and the amount of people that all arrived at the same time it did take awhile. I think we were in our cabin by 1:30
We were due to sail at 4 but "engine" trouble delayed sailing until 730pm or thereabouts.
Cabin We were in 454 on the port side. A nice ocean view cabin with a nice size window. I was shocked at how small the cabin appeared. Since my only other cruise was a cabin with a balcony I was not prepared for the closeness of the cabin. However, after unpacking and getting settled it was plenty of room. At about 1/3 of the price of the balcony. My SO was not thrilled about the wear and tear on the bedspreads, a coffee stain and the flat mattresses. As this was freestyle and resort casual we only had to unpack one suitcase each. ( we still over packed !).
Great ! Fabulous! Awesome ! Get the picture ? Food was plentiful , hot and great tasting, All the venues visited were Fantastic. The buffet was a buffet, less hot then hopped for, sometimes dry, and at times you had to wait while they replenished the plates, but a buffet is a buffet. We tried the Pasta Café one night and had a great time. I was really impressed to see a hostess ask a young man to remove his baseball hat before she led him into the dining room. The freedom of open dining has won another supporter. I was afraid that the service would suffer by not having the same waiter every night. This was not the case. Service was always superior.
The weakest part of the cruise , by far, was the entertainment in the Palace Theater. The theater was cramped , had poor sight lines and had many children. In my humble opinion the entertainment was mediocre at best. The Production Company was hard working, pleasant and joyful but not professional entertainment. There were two comedians this trip. I found John Pinney to be hilarious. The other comedian ( who shall remain nameless) was just plain awful.
The entertainment in the bars, disco's and on deck were fun and lively . This was a high energy, party type of crowd. "Amadeus" kept things going at the dance party on deck. We are in our mid 50's and found plenty of places to party.
The cruise Director, Julie( no honest that's her name) was fantastic. Always a smile and always something going on.
Bermuda was wonderful, the tours were fun. I did find a majority of the natives Bermudians to be a bit standoffish and somewhat cool. Maybe its that famous British aloofness we hear so much about !
Leaving the ship is always a sad time , but it went flawlessly. A little hassle with the lines at customs but the end of a great vacation.
We are thinking of making this a yearly cruise.
A real Family cruise with a fun ship.
Dollar for dollar a great ship. Superior service and the "freestyle" concept have won us over.