Our cabin was an outside view and was definitely showing its age. The chair and the carpet were stained and filthy and could really use a cleaning. Two nights of the cruise the toilet stopped flushing but by the morning was working again. The cabin had two upper berths that were actually more comfortable then the regular beds. The closet and drawer space was sufficient even for a family of 4 on a 9 night cruise, and overall the cabin itself had enough room for all of us. Our cabin steward did a great job and I can't think of anything lacking at all in this regard. The location on deck 2 actually worked out well as we could take leave our room and take the gangway up one deck directly to enter the dining room or down one deck to leave the ship at port.
Though our cabin was showing its age the rest of the ship is fine. This was our first Voyager class ship and we loved the Royal Promenade.
DINING ROOM: We always sit at a large table and are usually very happy with our tablemates. This cruise was no exception we were paired with two other families and everyone got along wonderfully. The food was the usual affair I have no complaints nor did the rest of my family. The service was the normal pampering you would expect and again I can find no faults in this area. A few breakfasts and lunched were also enjoyed in the dining room and even though it was open seating the service was excellent. One point I noticed was that my 2 year old daughter would get an incredible amount of attention in the dining room from not only our servers but from others as well. One waiter actually fork fed her the entire breakfast. It turned out that usually they would have a daughter at home around the same age and it made them happy to see my daughter and they felt like they were with their own daughter.
WINDJAMMER: I am not a buffet fan but again the usual quality and service that I have come to expect from cruise ship buffets.
SHOWS: The Ice Show was a cool change and the fact that you get to pick out tickets to a particular show was a great idea and alleviated any fears of not being able to see the show. Even though we don't normally see many shows on a cruise we did see all but one on this cruise. The best show was a juggling show and the one I enjoyed the least was a magic show. Overall I was entertained which is the main idea anyway.
PORTS OF CALL: Our ports were as follows: Labadee - Loved it my whole family would love a cruise that just stopped here.
Jamaica - It was pouring out and we never even got off of the ship. Though in all fairness I dislike Jamaica and really did not want to get off the ship.
Grand Cayman - We enjoyed the Turtle Farm and overall this port in general. Bahamas - Again not much of a fan and we did not do anything here.
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: My son (7) enjoyed the Explorers Club and had fun with most of the activities. What he did not like was more of a reflection on him then the program. He does not like costumes therefore did not participate in the Circus and I was surprised he even put a bandana on his head to be a pirate. There were some nights were the children could eat at Johnny Rockets and he participated in this for only one night. I could see this being a nice break for the parents and a good time to be a romantic dinner.
DEBARKATION: We were off of the ship earlier than I expected. The only suggestion for RCCL would be that they tell passengers that in order to get a porter they need to go to a specific area and wait on line.
OVERALL: I booked this cruise for the price, dates, length and ship. Overall I was happy with the product. Even though the embarkation was nightmare we did not let it ruin our vacation. Once on board we did not dwell on the embarkation problems but I still heard people complaining on the last day of the cruise. I am reluctant to cruise again out of Cape Liberty but I am cruising on RCCL again in August of 2006.