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Karen

Age: 42

Occupation:Business Owner

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Horizon

Sailing Date: August 2nd, 2003

Itinerary: NYC-Bermuda


First of all, we were able to board the ship and enter our cabins well before the suggested arrival time 1:30pm. I recommend arriving early. There were no lines and getting in was a breeze.

The ship is older, but is kept very clean. Someone was constantly cleaning and working on the ship. The rooms are of reasonable size and have good storage. We had a bathroom with just a shower. There was good water pressure and a removable shower head.

Go up to the lounge on the 8th floor to buy a soda card if you have kids or drink a lot of soda. It’s $38.00 for the week. Cocktails are priced around $5.25 for most drinks. You can charge everything to your room.

The staff was very friendly and worked long hours. Be sure to tip them well if they do a good job. Their pay is minimal and they rely on the tips.

We only are in the main dining room in the evening. Jaraslov was our server and was fabulous. He made sure everyone enjoyed their meal and catered to our every need. We had a few picky eaters (children). He made sure chicken finger & fries came to the table with the appetizers every night. If one of the kids didn’t like their meal, he would bring them another one of some plain pasta. We looked forward to seeing him each evening.

The Coral Seas provides a wide variety of choices for breakfast and lunch. If you got to breakfast by 10 you could get made to order omelets and eggs. Otherwise, there was plenty of food on the buffet for the late breakfast.

At lunch time check out the specials along the back wall. There is usually a special fresh made salad (our favorite choice), a special sandwich and a pasta station. This is in addition to the hot & cold buffet choices. Ice tea, lemonade and fruit punch are available throughout the day and evening in the Coral Seas.

If you happened to miss lunch, the grill is open until 6pm serving hamburgers, hot dogs & fries. Pizza is served from 12 noon until 1AM everyday. The kids had pizza every night before bed.

Also, there are finger sandwiches and cookies served from 3:30-4:40 and sushi from 6pm-10pm in the Coral Seas.

At 11:30pm (in case you didn’t get enough to eat) they pass hors d’oeuvres and finger desserts in the lounges. There are several special evening events with very elaborate buffets. Be sure to check out the Thursday night buffet even if you aren’t hungry. The creative food decorating is remarkable.

This was out 3rd visit to Bermuda. It is still my favorite island. So clean and manicured. You can get to most places using public transportation. However, this can be a lengthy process. It is a 30 minute ride to Horseshoe Bay beach on the bus and they get crowded on days when multiple ships are in port.

While docked in St George there is a minibus that will take you to the beach for $5.00 round trip. Tobacco Bay is the first stop and very crowded. The next stop is Fort St. Catherine’s and is a more open beach area.

We also did the “swim with the dolphins” program out at the dockyards. It’s pricey, but the kids got to touch and interact with a dolphin. They thought it was really cool. www.dolphinquest.com  is the web site.
 
On Thursday we rented 2 small boats (there are flyers in the visitor center) and snorkeled and swam around the sound. It was really nice and a beautiful ride.

The seas were rough for a few hours on our return. The captain announced that it was expected to be calmer soon and it was. Maneuvering in the bathroom is a challenge when the boat is rocking!

There were loads of kids on the ship. Great for our families, but I wouldn’t recommend traveling in July & August if you don’t enjoy children!

We arrived back in NYC at 6:15am. We were scheduled for a 7:45 departure. We waited about 15 minutes lounge for our group to be called. The luggage was waiting and we were out by 8:20.

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