This was our third cruise with RCI.
We sailed from Civitavechia on 4 August.
RCI remains as good as anyone in some aspects of cruising such as embarkation/disembarkation.
Professional off-ship entertainers [on two evenings] also keeps them above the cheaper cruise companies.
Staff are all terrific as usual.
Cabins are excellent - large [very large] comfortable beds and mattresses.
Instant hot water etc.
This would have been a good first time cruise for anyone who likes Blackpool's Golden Mile.
Although we may cruise with RCI again it is now far less likely because of the effects of all the economies - the two worst being -
1. closure of the dining room for lunchtimes - this meant that buffet was massively overcrowded - never any chance of having a peaceful lunch with sea view. There were people everywhere, moving, standing still, stopping, turning, looking for tables, queueing - just like Blackpool's Golden Mile - without the "Kiss Me Quick" hats - although I think they would have been allowed in the dining room.
The buffet food ended at 9.30 pm - so the evening snack bar then became massively overcrowded.
2. The "dress code" has gone. It was a "dress suggestion" - but it looked as if someone had suggested beach wear at all times.
In the evening dining room anything went - shorts, flip-flops etc. and jeans and trainers on formal nights.
Overall acceptable - but only just.