This is our 3rd cruise - second with RCI.
We were looking for relaxation rather than sight seeing and this transatlantic cruise delivered exactly that.
A huge bonus was that it did not seem to be a popular choice for families with young children so the guests were predominantly adult
We booked a balcony cabin which was pleasant and kept spotlessly clean by Kevin our cabin attendant. It had a fridge and flat screen TV. The shower had doors and not those annoying plastic curtains.
We previously sailed on the Navigator which was a much bigger ship and we immediately noticed that things were a little more cosy. This was never an issue, however peak times in the main restaurant could get a tad crowded.
The alternative dining venues were excellent. We opted for an all inclusive package that gave a discount if we ate at all 4 restaurants. I would seriously recommend the Chef's Table. However as it's a small private dining room (max 15) the evening's enjoyment is often dictated by who you end up dining with. We had an excellent time, others that we spoke to were not so lucky when Mr grumpy pants joined them.
The enjoyment of the whole trip was due in no small part to the cruise director and his staff (Topi, Tori, Sara, Flabio, Vinny and Rod) they worked tirelessly and sometimes extremely energetically to keep us constantly entertained. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always bright, cheerful and eager to be of service.
The cruise was 15 nights and we stopped at 3 ports on route, Cadiz, Tenerife and Coco Cay. Each of these destinations can easily be explored on foot so no issues with tours or transport. Coco Cay is a private island leased by Royal Caribbean so the service is the same as onboard but with sand between your toes.
The only small area of criticism was when we reached New Orleans, getting through customs was a slow process and we queued for nearly 2 hours, a small tip here - use the bathroom before you disembark.
We booked a 2 night stay in New Orleans through RCI and we ended up at the Hilton Garden Inn near the convention centre. I would recommend looking for something a bit more central and less orientated towards business clients.
We would definitely take another transatlantic cruise as they offer excellent value for money and create great opportunities to make some new friends.