I paid Â£3,650 for a seven day cruise for two adults and my 16 year old son, was it worth it, NO. Last year I paid Â£4,650 for 3 adults and 1 child to stay in a 5* Hotel for 2 weeks All Inclusive in the Dominican Republic.
My grievances with Royal Caribbean are:
We were allocated a Stateroom with a 10% mast obstruction obscuring the ocean view, the reality was, the mast did not obscure the view, the surrounding platforms on ours and other levels above us created approximately a 50% obstruction of our ocean views.
The mini fridge is replenished every day with drinks and snacks, I assumed these were included in the price, since I had asked for the equivalent of an All Inclusive holiday, On day 2, I found, at the back of the fridge, a small card informing of the inflated charges for items used from the mini-fridge. i.e. Â£2.00 for a small bottle of water!
When you book the holiday, Royal Caribbean recommend you pay the gratuity charges up front, you are then issued with vouchers, the evening before departure to give to your Stateroom Attendant and the Waiter, Assistant Waiter and Head Waiter in the A La Carte Restaurant, this preferred method of tipping does not allow you to give the vouchers to other staff members who may have been particularly helpful during your stay, when I queried this at Guest Relations, I was informed, "You can make additional cash payments to other staff"
Also, we had to pay additional charges for the Soda Package, this only included fizzy drinks, not bottled water and we also had to purchase a Wine package, I was informed by a crew member that I could only consume the wine in the Restaurant's, I could not use my wine package in any of the numerous Bar's on the ship, I could only use the Soda Package or pay for other alcoholic drinks.
TOO MUCH HASSLE and TOO MUCH EXPENSE for an already expensive holiday.