This was our first 15 day trip. The time went by swiftly and smoothly.
Boarding in Ft. Lauderdale was a breeze. We were about 30 minutes from terminal arrival to the swimming pool bar. That beats the 3 1/2 hour wait in Vancouver on our last trip.
The ship was fine. Everything worked out. Got our early dining through the travel agency (Cruise Brothers, the best). Food was mostly excellent. Breakfast was better in the Windjammer than in the dining room, mostly because the breakfast was a little slow and a little cold downstairs. Also more variety upstairs. We are not complainers so we thought the entire operation was great.
We're not big on the stage shows, saw most of them, they were okay for a ship, not Broadway caliber. Who cares, we came for the ports, not for entertainment.
The ports were all terrfic, we hired our own cab drivers everywhere but Antigua. You just about have to take the R.C. sponsored bus in that port, and it was well worth it. I knew exactly where I wanted to go in the other ports and have never had a problem with a cab driver. Just make sure you cut a deal with them before you take off.
The Panama Canal has to be a must on everyone's bucket list. That was worth the whole trip.
One good piece of advice. Be sure to attend the afternoon lecture on the following days port. It is entertaining and extremely informative. Definitely not a sales pitch. We were priviledged to have Dr. Thomas Ryan as a guest lecturer. He knew more about Central America than anyone on the planet. Thank you, thank you, Dr. Ryan.
We loved the trip. Have been on Princess, Holland America, Carnival, and Norwegian. This Royal Caribbean may have been a cut above. The atmosphere was just better. I know there are complainers out there but you won't hear it from this corner. Can we pack up and leave again next week?