I have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Princess in the past with 8 cruises in total. Royal Caribbean has been my preference overall from the food, service, ease of embarkation etc. This trip was extremely disappointing for many reasons but primarily in all past cruises (on any ships mentioned) entertainment was enjoyable, and something that we thoroughly enjoyed after a day either at the pool or on shore. Unfortunately this was not the case on this particular cruise. We were in awe initally as to why there was no entertainment beyond a very poor "comedy" act which to many was quite offensive (except for the last comedian that I had seen before and was very good). Unless you were into trivia, (we were going to attend at one point but could not get into the lounge as it was overcrowded), interested in heavy drinking you were out of luck.
We could not enjoy the hot tub in the Solarium because 9 twenty somethings (and some were obviously NOT of age) spent most of the days while on board - all yelling, drinking, and getting more loud as they drank. Many of the older travellers could not get in the hot tub nor would they want to as these individuals really took over the area. We were not aware of the rationale for the lack of entertainment in the theater until the last night there when told there was an issue with maintenance of the stage and the fact that the ship was going in for re-fitting. The morning we left we went to enter the elevator only to find everything had been already removed and the floor, walls, ceiling were just bare plywood. The feelings many got was that RC couldn't wait to get rid of us so they could proceed with the renovations. It was an insult I am sure not only to us and the few others who mentioned it. We were certainly not along in feeling that the bare necessities were provided this cruise because of the upcoming refitting. The schedule of activities was poor and except for the ice show far below what I have come to expect from Royal Caribbean...very poor experience. Several of us have booked for the 45 day repositioning cruise in 2015 in Europe. This will be costly but having travelled RC before, it this cruise proves to be a bust, we will certainly be considering alternative cruise lines. VERY VERY disappointing and we travelled from Vancouver Canada...pretty much a waste of 7 days we won't get back.