this was our first RCCL cruise. ( previously cruised Carnival ). the ship was huge, and with over 3000 passengers and crew on board, most would think crowded.. NOT THE CASE!
there always seemed to be plenty of areas to find a quiet place to just sit, enjoy the scenery, or just people watch.
there are plenty of activities on board if you really want things to do.. Karaoke, card games, trivia, mini golf, inline skating, golf driving simulator, bingo, ice skating, indoor movie theatre, poolside music, and on sea days, a poolside barbecue and live bands.. the list could go on and on.. on the same token, plenty of bars, and a couple of cafÃ© spots, just to sit and relax..
the promenade is lovely, but can get a bit crowded on show nights.. there is a true English pub, and a lovely little where you could find pastries, pizza , small sandwiches, and tea or coffee almost all night( all included in the cruise cost )great spot for those with late night munchies.
there is also, what at first glance appears to be just a tobacconist / bottle shop.. however in this little gem you will also find everything from hairbands, to headache pills, Band-Aids and sunscreen.. I didn't know this til the last night.. (too late then :)
there is a lovely looking coach ( handbag ) store.. a bit expensive for me, but they do have sale days.. heaps of bargains to be had here , so look out for them..
we cruised from Beijing to Singapore, and while I wont bore you with the individual tours that we did, I will tell you that there are so many options.. do your research on the individual ports before you go.. this makes the choice of tour much easier to make.
we found with RCCL that there were more tour choices available on board, than was listed on their website, and although with 3000 people on board, some did sell out quickly, there were often similar tours still available.
the lines at the tour desk could be long at times, but this is to be expected.. we were told that we could book tours on out in cabin TVs, but each time we tried, an error came up, and we had to go to the desk anyway.. we weren't the only ones, and were eventually told that this was an IT problem on the ship that they could not fix at sea.. oh well what could we do but go with the flow,..
this cruise is sponsored by Pixar I think.. had Madagascar characters making appearances all the time, so you would have thought that it was directed towards young families, however I found that more than 70% of passengers on our particular cruise would have been over 35...so I don't think that this was well thought out, but most found it amusing all the same.
we ate at the buffet every lunch on board, most nights. we found it more relaxing, as we would come and go when we wanted, with all of the activities on board this suited us more.. we did eat in the main dining room twice on formal nights, and once in the Italian restaurant to join a friends 50th birthday dinner celebrations.. they were lovely for a treat, but not us every night..
I cannot fault the food or the service anywhere, but we are not on any special diets, nor are we fussy eaters..
probably the best advise I could give on this ship is ..BE PATIENT.. long lines come with the territory when you chose to go on such a large ship..