We were very disapointed overall with this trip ! The only good thing was we had a few nice stops . We have a 10 year old and a 13 year old and there was at grand total of 20 kids between 2 and 15 on this ship out of 2000 people ! Now that might be great if you don't want kids around , but if you have them , its not so much fun!
we had a nightmare trying to keep the kids busy while on the ship . Mainly they had to make do with the ice cold , salt water swimming pool , which was full of people aged 65+ who took offense to having young kids swimming around in the way too small pool !The kids club was empty and there wasn't any programes that the kids could join in , due to the lack of kids ! They also wouldn't combine the 2 age groups even though there was a small amount of kids , meaning that my son and daughter had to play by themselves in 2 separate clubs ! insane . This was met with a sort of denial from the kids club staff and i even complained to the director , and was given little to no sympathy! So if your thinking of booking this trip for a family , be prepared to have very bored kids on your trip , which will definitely have a knock-on effect to your happiness on board !
The food was pretty good and most of the staff were very nice indeed! I must say that the shows were very good too , even though they were small style productions! The bands on the ship were not my cup of tea at all . Mostly old style Matt Monroe , engelbert humperdink style stuff . The rock,n,roll band were a joke and the Reggea Band were good but you got tired of the same stuff day in -day out! Also be prepared for plenty of line dancing (yawn) ! This boat has the only 70's disco party i have ever seen where you have to be 70 years old to get in :)
The cabins are tiny as usual and have 2 bunk-beds that come down from the ceiling! An absolute nightmare for 4 people . Wouldn't want to be in one with 4 adults. They were also pretty beat up and worn . The hallway on deck 3 stunk of sewage (disgusting) . Thank god it was further down from my room! The room staff were merely ok , not as good as other ships ive been on . Depend who you get i suppose!
There was also the scare of the dreaded noro-virus which wiped out about 120 cruisers and 4 staff on our trip , causing mayhem amongst the crew . We were hand served our food at the buffet from day 2 with crew with rubber gloves!
Overall the vision was disapointing for us , and was a veiw shared by many people whom i spoke with on the ship . For me , apart from the lack of kids on the ship , there eas a lack of younger people between 25-50 and very little nightlife for the age group.
St Kitts - ok i suppose , been to nicer places !
Dominica - a dump . very dirty and very dangerous too . was offered drugs a few times by local type dudes!
Barbados - Not far behind . watch your handbag and where you go!
Granada - much better . beautiful beaches !
Bonaire & Aruba - Exellent . loved them both
All in all , i will take a shorter cruise with more for the kids , younger people and nicer rooms and more to do on-board ! I will also look at other companys too , as Royal Caribbean arnt the only company with nice cruise packages~