Cruised 12 times - first time with RCCL - for a trial.
Boarding at Sydney was slow. Bags didn't get to the room until 5.30 during the drill.
Very surprised with the age group on board 70-90 with Scooters, Wheelchairs, walkers and sticks.
Daily Medical Emergencies with most ports somebody being loaded off. Also wheelchairs were allowed on Tender Boats!!
NORO VIRIS AND HEAVY BRONCHITIS COUGHING
Noro viris was on board and the coughing progressed throughout the ship by day 16.
BE WARNED. RCCL told us that their is no smoking in the Staterooms - Port or Starboard side.
So when I smelt smoking coming into our Junior Suite Cabin I reported it straight away. RCCL allow smoking on all Balconies - port and starboard sides. They deliberately omit stating Balcony smoking is allowed. Would not have booked we we had known this.
RCCL SHIP OF CUT BACKS
No Toiletries in Cabins (only in our Junior Suite) No Pen or Paper. No Chocolates on pillows.
Windjammers closes at 9pm. No Lobster Night and no Baked Alaska Night.
DINING ROOM FOOD
Meals are very fancy and most nights it is a process of elimination (prefer Princess Food and Celebrity) Head waiters and staff are very paranoid if you don't finish your meal. They want to increase their ratings. Most nights I was questioned why I hadn't finished my meal. This happened to all on our table.
Not good. (Celebrity and Princess better) No coffee cards available and not part of any of their packages. No non - alcoholic options other than a SODA package.
Main Productions - well..... - back to the bar!! Orchestra was excellent. Most guest entertainers were much better.
Originally booked Balcony E2 #7092 we were shocked with the small size and small bathroom. Bed was very hard.
Junior Suite was available 1546 (midship) Manager Nilsen Santana offered it for $600 USD - we did not hesitate - A TERRIFIC ROOM!!
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