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Nina Chmiel

Age: 47

Occupation:writer

Number of Cruises: one

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Zenith

Sailing Date: April 23rd, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean


Just returned from 7 day cruise. The weather was not good and we battled 30 foot waves all the way down to Bermuda from Cape Liberty, NJ. It was truly a horrifying experience. This being my first cruise, I thought the ship would sink in the waves. Thankfully, it did not sink however, I believe all the passengers were sick. You could not walk on the ship at all from Saturday until late in the day Sunday. All the activities were cancelled too. It was really bad. Once we got to Hamilton the weather was much better. I was told however, that this was not a good time to be in Bermuda because it is not quite summer there yet and the flowers and plants were not in bloom. It was really rather drab. The houses were pretty but there was little to do. The snorkeling hadn't begun yet - it begins in May. The sea turtle habitat was not ready yet, that also begins in May. It was just not a good time to go to Bermuda. The ship was really very, very clean for an old ship. If you dropped something, someone was right there to pick it up. The food was so-so. Sometimes, very good food - sometimes not so good. The staff is very hard working and very nice. The ship is smaller than most and that I'm told is one of the reasons why we all got so sick going down in the bad weather. We also returned in bad weather but thankfully the waves were not an issue coming home. We could not see the NYC skyline coming into the port due to dense fog. It was also the same way going down. My advice: Wait until the summer to visit Bermuda. There was nothing really wrong with the Zenith at all - it was very nice.


 

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