After cruising on numerous other lines: Carnival, Norwegian, Holland America and Disney, we were excited to try something new with Royal Caribbean. This was a family cruise to celebrate the 50th birthday of two members of our family and we ranged in age from 5-54.
The ship was crowded and did not flow well compared to other ships we have been on. It was also worn and not well kept. The carpet in our stateroom had numerous huge stains. The bathrooms were extremely small, even by cruise ship standards. Our biggest complaint was the food and the dining options/facilities. The food was sub-par, even in the dining room. It was much worse than Disney, Norwegian Holland America, and even Carnival. The Windjammer Cafe (the buffet)was chaotic and not well organized. Also, Royal Caribbean did not have many options for drinks. In the Windjammer Cafe, you had iced tea, lemonade or water. The coffee was horrendous. I could go on and on, but it really was a difficult and disappointing dining experience. Other negatives: very few public restrooms, poor service at the bars, constant lines at the elevators, no late night food or buffets.
Some positives: Our stateroom attendant (Nicholas) was outstanding and worked hard all day to keep our room ready for us. The casino was large and well laid out. The ice skating rink was small, but it was a fun thing to do, and the sports deck was nice. We had dinner in Portofino (specialty dining for an extra fee) and that food was much better. We also enjoyed Starbucks, Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry's (extra fee for all of them). Bermuda was amazing also!