First Time Cruiser Review 7 day cruise EOS, my husband, my son and I, out of Philadelphia, PA Boarding: Boarding went very smooth to my surprise we were on the ship by 12:00pm ET. I had passports ready and in no time were on the ship. We had some lunch from the huge buffet and relaxed by the pool until our room was ready.
Interier State Room: The room was small, but I was prepared for that. There are two beds which our stateroom attendant combined to make a queen size. There are 2 bunk beds that pull out from the ceiling, my 8 year old son loved that. Stateroom service was excellent, our attendant was in our room minimal 3 times a day straightening up and leaving cute animal figures made out of towels. My room did smell like rotten eggs, but I brought a can of Baby Powder Lysol...it worked wonders.
Onboard Activities: There are activities throughout the day. We saw a few shows and played a few games(Quest and Love & Marriage were hysterical) in the evening. Casinos were fun. Boleros was my favorite lounge, I enjoy the latin dancing. The Viking Lounge however was pretty empty..
Kids Activities: My son wasn't interested in the Adventure Ocean Camp during the day, which was fine, we wanted to spend our days as a family. However there is an excellent babysitting service from 10 - 1. My son loooved it(kind of small though), they do all kinds of fun things to keep them busy. There is a pool deck that my son loved, along with hot tubs. There are plenty of lounge chairs on Decks 9 and 10. There are trampolines and rock climbing.
Martha's Vineyard - boring Portland, Maine - Excellent Bar Harbor - Excellent Halifax - my favorite
Food on the ship: Dining Room food was very good. Service was excellent. The lobster was cooked to perfection. Buffet..was Ok but there was plenty of it. Burgers in the Solarium, very good!
Drinks: Watch that sea pass...it can add up. But overall the prices were the same as a bar. Look for the specials they have $3.75 daily drink specials. Very tasty! Purchasing a Soda Card is well worth it.
Overall the service was excellent they deserve every penny of their tip. The New England trip was excellent. The only thing that I hoped for was more for the kids: basketball, more arcade games, bigger kids section etc.
I am looking forward to my next cruise! PS..I was very leary about getting sea sick. I purchased sea bands in preparation...they worked!!