Since we live in the Northeast we flew into New Orleans on Friday morning prior to embarkation. We arrived around 12:30, checked in and were able to explore New Orleans that day and evening. That was fine although I am not in any rush to return to that area.
On Saturday we checked out of hotel and were on board by 12:00. Very smooth embarkation. Good Job Royal Caribbean!! Lines moved along very rapidly and as long as everyone had their cruise documents in hand there was no issues.
We had 1 cabin 7383, an inside room. The cabin had plenty enough room and was comfortable. Our room steward Igede, kept our cabins clean and was very good at his job. He anticipated every need and we could not have asked for better service. We could lay down for a nap, get up and go out for an hour come back and the bed was perfectly made up again. Very satisfied with housekeeping on this ship.
The ship herself is in great shape for her age. Like some posts before, yes there is some worn spots on the carpets, and some of the dining room chairs (In the Magic Flute) need some TLC, but considering an estimated 15,000 people on this ship every month, the crew is doing a fantastic job in keeping her in good shape.
The entertainment on board is the usual productions on board. They did have 2 comedians and a comic/juggler on board that were good. The Ice show is the best show i have seen on any cruise. How they manage to do the jumps and twirls on the small sheet of ice and on the ocean is unbelievable a MUST see. We also loved to go to the Pig and Whistle and listen to Derek Lewis. Derek is a guitarist cum vocalist from Texas is a one man band who performs at the Pig and Whistle Bar. You are most welcome to sing with him. And if you are good enough he may even award you a recording contract. "Super Star"
Our dining room service was impeccable. Anil (Waiter) and Saluh (Asst Waiter) not only made sure we were full when we left the table, they both made it eating great food entertaining. The food itself was delicious. In addition, Anil asked us what excursions we were doing and then the next night at dinner inquired about them. Not just saying how was your day but naming the excursion. I know this is their job but I appreciated the attention to detail. Our bar server, Mavalyn Mackenzie was also amazing and made sure we were never thirsty. The maitre'D's who sat us each night didn't have to ask us our stateroom number or names after the first night. The recognized us, addressed us by name and made us feel welcome. Overall we were very happy with the dining experience. Ate all breakfasts and lunches in Windjammer. Wanted to try Johnny Rockets but just never got around to it.
Ports of Call
We visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We got off in each port and did RCCL sponsored excursions and loved each one. We did the Dunns River Falls and White River innertubing in Jamaica. We did the Swim with the Stingrays and snorkeling in Grand Cayman which then consisted of an all inclusive lunch and rum punch and beach afterwards. The water was a little rough and the tour guide didn't feel it was safe to snorkel so we all received a 25% reimbursement on our cruise account. And we didn't even have to ask. In Cozumel we did the Learn how to cook Mexican dishes excursion at Playa del Mia. We were taught three different dishes and got to eat our own creation for lunch accompanied by Mexican wines. Afterward we relaxed at the beach and went for a swim and used kayaks. You also have access to the underwater Mayan city, shopping center, swimming pool, hammocks, lounge chairs, volleyball and soccer court, ping pong tables, kids club and playground, restrooms and dressing rooms, beach umbrella, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats, water trampoline, water bicycles, floating tubes, and the iceberg water mountain.
We all hated to see the cruise come to an end, but all good things must. Royal Carribean made disembarking a breeze. Proper paperwork out, number called, and walked straight out of terminal. Even customs was a breeze.
Great Ship, Great Crew and a very good time. Thank you Voyager of the Seas!!! We are so ready to book again!