Cruised from Miami for quick trip to see how I would like cruising. All the docs needed are done online. Made check-in a breeze. Got to port and all I had to do was basically get my seapass card. Walked on board. Bar and windjammer was open until muster drill. People should not camp out at the buffet since they took tables from those trying to eat.
If you really need soda get the package otherwise just get a soda in port. I got tired of soda and stuck with the free drinks. Some people complained about the food but I found it tasty and plentiful (except the last night, it seems the buffet ran out of food or they didnt care to have alot of choices the last night on board). Slackers made the drill take longer than needed. Room was nice, big enough for a four day trip but see it closing in for longer ones. Room was always cleaned and stocked. Ship showing its age, but fine enough for a short trip. Guess the sea ages the ships quick. Went to mdr and had a great meal but too formal for me so ate buffet the rest of the time. Cashless seapass is great but can get you into trouble if not paying attention, glad they do it though. Shops are good but do need to have larger clothing available, they are mostly medium and large choices. Maybe all the bigger stuff sold early. Good prices too just didnt buy alot since I had to fly and only had a carryon. Nightly sales brought out the buyer in me. Port calls will be covered below. Early checkout was pretty quick and got to the airport by 810 am.
Pros - first, service. All the staff (except one that wasnt cleaning but chatting up another employee in front of guests) were terrific. Friendly, outgoing, attentive, just really good at their job. Food was very good in deli, mdr and wj, dont know what people complain about. Ease of check-in and out, almost painless.
Cons - had to cancel stop in Cocobay due to weather but not RCLs fault. Other passengers acting like they are the only ones there. Smoking in non-smoking areas, camping out at the wj, cutting in line to get off at the ports, failure to follow directions at muster drill, so on. In a confined space with 1800 others, please treat others like you would want to be treated.
Overall, very glad I cruised and already planning next one. Maybe try a bigger ship but a longer voyage to eliminate some of the attitude of the casual cruiser.
Always enjoy KW. Been there several times and even though I have done it before there, I did it again. Good bars and laid back people make for a pleasant trip. Take a hop on/off tour and see the sights. Get a Conch Republic flag for the happy hour back home. Just a good time.
Didnt care for it. A major stop and the area right out the port is dirty and uncared for. You would think the first thing they would want you to see is their best face. All shops seemed the same with mostly indifferent employees. The famous straw market was underwhelming. All have the same stuff, I expected to see made in china labels instead of supposedly being handmade. Lot of jewelry shops but wasnt looking for that. Should have taken a tour but nothing seemed interesting enough. Cant go inside fort Charles and didnt care for nature hikes. Didnt do a beach day since we were supposed to be in Cocobay the nest day. Overall, I will avoid other cruises that go to Nassau, or stay on board like alot of others did.
Weather cancelled our day in Cocobay so no snorkeling or sun. Wanted to do that there.