Embarkation was very pleasant. We just walked on the ship at 3 o'clock. We had a junior suite and it was nice and lots of space in the cabin, but the bathroom was very small and had a shower curtain. The cabin was spotless. We had a huge balcony which we could hardly use because smoking on verandas is allowed on Royal Caribbean and so we sat in smoke for most of the time. Talking about smoking on the ship as Odiner said before smoke was all over the ship. Since we had about at least 80 % Spanish speaking guest on board smoke was every where. They did not care about what side on the ship they smoked where ever they wanted and nobody said anything. We told some people to go on the other side of the ship but it felt like fighting windmills.
The noise level on the ship was outrages. At 2 pm kids were still screaming and running the hallways. The noise level in the dining areas, pools and bars was like I have never experienced it before.
Food: The food in the Windjammer was so poor and you had to be aware what time you were eating otherwise you stood in line for table. Food was spilled all over and tables were not clean. It felt like being in summer camp. Dining room was better since we had a table, but they changed the time for eating. It was 7 pm for seating and 9:30 pm second seating. At second seating no table was available because all the Spanish speaking people eat so late. We hardly made to the dining room having had spend the day at shore excursions and getting ready for dinner.
Food was poor too in the main dining room. Mashed potatoes to almost every main course. Once I had tiger shrimps (by the way only two) with mashed potatoes. The fillet was only two small slices of meat. Almost all the food was bland and tasteless. Without salt and pepper you could not taste a thing.
Excursions: We took the one tour in Valencia going to town and visiting the caves. This was a very good tour. We saw a lot of the city and had a great tour guide, the caves were also very interesting to see. The price was very good. It cost us 50 $ for the tour per person. The entrance to the caves was about 10 Euros and the bus transfer to the city would have cost us about 20 $.
In Corsica we took a taxi to a very nice beach and this was way cheaper than the tour and we could stay much longer. Corsica is very beautiful. We did not take the tour to Rom since it was way too expensive. And yes we also stood in line in the heat and to come back on board.
All over we thought Royal Caribbean has went to massive tourism which is very sad to have noticed. And the smoking is not tolerable for non-smokers. We have sailed with them 4 times now and would not do it again. Maybe when they change their smoking policy and not start from Spain. As we heard the Adventure will start next year from Southampton for a two week cruise. Maybe this is an alternative, but as long as they do not change the smoking on the verandas it is not worth going. There are other cruises lines who do not allow smoking on the verandas like Celebrity, which by the way belongs to Royal Caribbean.