Was on the cruise from New Orleans Feb 23rd. The staff is great, very polite, accomodating and service is number one. The ship is fantastic although there are areas of the ship that look a bit tired...
As a non smoker I found it disturbing there was smoking along poolside where we had to walk by to get our towels...couldn't they be located to a less traveled area?? Why would they permit smoking in the casino; especially when there is an open stair case to the promenade deck?? there is food served there...does not go with smoke!
There was no late night dancing/entertainment available for people over 40 - unless you wanted to try the dungeon was open - another smoke infested area....but really set up for the younger crowd...30 ish.
The service in the dining room was excellent, too bad the food did not match level of service. There were 3 or 4 nights where the dinner was excellent and the balance of the cruise, the food was so-so...I cruised with Celebrity - the food is spectacular - this was a few years ago, so that may have changed as the cruise I took was pre-RCCL's merge.
Two of the three ports were great! Falmouth, Jamaica is not a very nice area. The locals appear to be upset because most of the tourists do not shop outside the port - we were steered to shop within the safety of the port fences.
Georgetown Grand Cayman is beautiful and we found a great glass blowing shop. Visit this store you will not be disappointed!! Many beautiful pieces from $15.00 Island GlassBlowing Studio Ltd 189 North Church Street 345-946-1483 http://www.islandglassblowing.com/ If you're on the cruise ship, when you come off the dock you turn left. Keep on the waterfront side of the road and you will see a big sign for Burger King, we are the building before that. It's about a 10 or 15 minute walk from the dock. Open at 9-15 a.m. and close at 4-00p.m. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Way too much focus on shopping!
We rented a jeep and bombed around the island - covered lots of ground..beach, Tortuga, hell, and blow holes - it's beautiful!
We met several people on board who used this site to book the many excursions your own and are cheaper than the ships' offerings...which are often the same or better!