My wife and I took a budget cruise for 3 days to Nassau and Coco Cay to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We went with low expectations having read reviews and been warned of the 'party cruises'. We are not drinkers. This would be our 3rd cruise in 4 years and first without kids. We chose RCI since we had previously sailed with Carnival and Disney and we liked that RCI had 2 ports in 3 days, whereas Carnival only had 1 port. We understood the cabin would be small and again were looking for a budget trip. We flew to Miami from Detroit the day before the cruise and had a wonderful stay at the Intercontinental thanks to Priceline. We taxied to the port and having completed all of our documentation ahead of time, the boarding process was smooth and quick. We took our carryon luggage poolside and relaxed until our cabin was ready at 1pm. The cabin was small but adequate. We enjoyed the typical buffet food in the Windjammer for lunch then explored the ship. We found the ship easy to navigate. For dinner, we chose "my time" dining with reservations made ahead of time for 6:30 each night. We had a table for two near a window (which served no purpose in November). We felt the staff went well out of their way to be accommodating, everyone was friendly and helpful and not pushy for tips. Food was better than expected. We liked that the menu had "classics choices" each night as well as unique options. We ate breakfast once in the main dining room to order off menu and the other mornings ate at the buffet.
The first night comedian show was just average, but worth going to. The highlight show was the second night comedian/juggler. The last night show with the tribute to the 70s Boogie Wonderland was underwhelming but still better than reruns on TV. We went to a couple of Karaoke sessions and the battle of the sexes game. Both were fun.
Ports were great. Tendering to Coco Cay was fairly quick and simple. The island was beautiful. We walked to Barefoot Beach and enjoyed a day in the sun/shade reading and relaxing. Lunch was standard barbeque fare of ribs, chicken, salads, fruit, corn, bread. In Nassau, we chose to walk to Junkanoo beach, rent chairs and relax. This beach is not as beautiful as Coco Cay, but it was still perfectly fine for a day of reading and relaxing in 80 degree partly sunny. For lunch we shared conch fritters and fish tacos at the touristy Senor Frogs, but overall it was a great day for us.
One of our biggest concerns leading into the trip was the passengers and noise level. I didn't encounter any unruly or rude passengers. Yes, many people were excited, anxious and impatient particularly in the dining areas, but not rude. Most passengers did not speak English. Again, not a problem as we found everyone to be courteous. At night, the only noises we heard was the occasional door closing or toilet flushing. We didn't hear noisy passengers. Overall, for us, this cruise exceeded our (admittedly low) expectations. For the price, it would be hard to imagine a better three day trip.