This was our 1st time on the IOTS but we have cruised on RCI several times before. We usually opt for a Deluxe Balcony Cabin but thought we would try a Junior Suite for this cruise ...Cabin 9626 (Port Side) We were really pleasantly surprised at the size of the Suite as it was very spacious. Another PLUS was the Walk In wardrobe ...every girls dream!!! My DH loved the fact that we also had a Bath as well as a Shower..good to have the choice. It was also nice to have a kettle & coffee maker in the cabin.The balcony was a super size and accommodated a Sun Bed + comfy lounger chair with leg rest + 2 chairs & a table. Needless to say we are now Junior Suite converts!!
The staff were really friendly & keen to help. They were also very vigilant in their cleaning due to the previous cruises having the Norovirus - their hard work paid off as only 10 people came down with it on our cruise.
We found the Entertainment on board to be the best we have experienced and the Stars v Stripes quiz show was hilarious. It involves charades ..the Stripes being the Captain & some Officers versus the Stars being the Cruise Director and some entertainment staff ....it is a MUST to see! We had never got around to going to the Ice Shows on previous cruises so we made sure we did this time & it was amazing and well worth it.
We chose 2nd seating for dinner (8.30) and found the quality of the food to be of a high standard and the dining room staff were very efficient and eager to please. The Windjammer Cafe for Breakfast & Lunch was always busy and sometimes it was a struggle to find seats but we always got a seat after a few circuits. The quality/choice of the food was very Hit & Miss but then again we always found something we could eat.
All in All we had a wonderful cruise and were very impressed by the staff, Cabin etc. ..probably the BEST so far. We did find the ship just a little bit too big for us but that is our personal choice and as there were lots of repeat cruisers and loyal followers of the IOTS I think we may be in the minority.