We were originally booked on the 7/5/13 sailing which was the last one cancelled after the fire. We rebooked for the 8/2/13 sailing. This was our vacation for the year and for the first time in recent memory we sailed without any family or friends sailing with us.
we decided on this cruise because of the convienence of not having to fly and the value of the fare which we thought was quite resonable.
Embarkation, left my office at noon on Friday was onboard eating lunch at 1;10 p.m.It doesn`t get much better than that. we were able to pass the regular lines as this cruise made us platinum on RC so that sped up the process which was unexpected.
Ports of Call: Three ports on this cruise. The first is Port Canaveral if you ever go on this cruise you must book an excursion for Port Canaveral. There is absolutly nothing to do at the port. Nothing, no shops, no nothing.Unless you want to spend the day on the ship book something.
The next two stops Coco Cay and Nassau are good ports but this week the weather was terrible. It rained the entire week. The worst day was Nassau which was a six hour tropical downpour that was non-stop. We bought a day pass at the British Hilton. Cost was $60/person but gives you back $40 in food and beverage credit. So we spent the day drinking frozen drinks under their pool grill hut watching it rain.
Food: Our last several cruises were with Carnival. When you compare carnival and RC on food there is a definite differance. The main dining room food at dinner starts with a few more selections and it is a more sophisticated menu of selections. A definite upgrade which we had forgot existed between the lines.The buffet is were you really notice it. The buffet food on Carnival is almost non-edible except for their salad bar and made to order deli selections. No pool grill on RC with people hog jawing burgers, dogs, and fries all day long. The hours are more limited on RC and the lack of deli selections for lunch are a bummer but overall a much better menu and quality. If you are a breakfast person RC is the way to go.
Entertainment: RC definity plays to a slightly older crowd in their offerings. When I say older I mean baby boomers. The two "outside" shows they brought in Spectrum and the Unexpected Boys were outstanding. These were better than any show I have seen on any other cruise. Spectrum is a motown show which does the temptations, four tops, and Rightous Brothers. Again, baby boomer music. The Unexpected Boys are a knockoff of the Jersey Boys and were also very good. Only two comedians the entire week. Which varies greatly from Carnivals two comedy shows every night. The cruise director, John and his sidekick Daryll are very good together. They play off each other and are very entertaining. Do not miss the 70`s disco party and the apperance by the Village People. That place was rocking. These two are two talented guys.
The casino was dead on this cruise. Not much action at all maybe it was just a slow week. Drinks were cheaper on RC than Carnival for some reason anywhere from $1 to $1.50/drink cheaper.The bar service was not all day, every day in your face especially around the pool. The adult area on this ship had a nice pool and two hot tubs plus it was big enough that you could find a chair.
Debark was a piece of cake, off the ship about 8 a.m. and home unpacking by 9 a.m. Of course the worst part was back to work on Monday.
Please be aware of the size of the showers in the cabins on this ship. They are the smallest at sea.If you are a larger person you are going to have trouble in the shower.