This was our fourth curse with RRCL, and our last. They have a great product, we just feel it not longer suites our needs. The ship was very nice, well maintained and had a great deal to offer. We are in our forties and we were traveling without our children. Let me say that we do have six, so we are very understanding of most issues people have when traveling without kids. This cruse was catered to those families with kids. It was so much so that while sitting with other adult only groups at dinner we joked that of the 4400 people on the ship, 4000 or so must be kids. It was not the best choice for us. As for the pros, the ship was in great shape, our stateroom (8352) was very nice, and comfortable, and our room attendant was excellent. The ship has beautiful spacious public areas, and lots of amenities. Food was good and we used all dining venues at least once. It was not exceptional, but it was all good. As for the cons- all the kids, we did expect children on the ship, or course, More
but there were a shocking amount of unsupervised misbehaving kids everywhere, some that looked as young as 5 or 6. We rode the elevator one night with a child of maybe 6 that took the time to swipe every button he could has he ran off onto his floor. We did not eat one meal in the dining room without a screaming baby or toddler within 20 feet. They also have a character breakfast a couple of mornings and you can add an pitching screeching microphone announcing characters with a response of squealing kids. Not even once did we have the nice relaxing breakfast we had hoped for. We did order room service for breakfast one day but the menu was very limited. Good prompt service though and some peace. We also sent to all of the shows, all were well attended by crying kids and at two of the shows we were unlucky enough to have them kicking our setbacks and talking loudly throughout the entire show. I will note that one of these shows was a full length Saturday night Fever show that had notices every where that it had adult content and was not appropriate for children. Of course it was packed full of kids of all ages. The rest of the shows were targeted at small children. Very talented people in the shows, and all the performers were great, but with the exception of the full length show we felt like we were a kiddie shows. One show actually went from a circus scene, to mermen, to umbrellas, with no connection between, it was just eye candy for kids. . we also saw the ice show, and that was without a doubt the best show on the ship and not to be missed. What they were able to do on that size rink was stunning.
The pools were nice, although cold. We spent most of our at sea days at the solarium adult pool. It was regularly invaded by families with small children and they were never asked to leave even though its posted everywhere that kids under 16 were not allowed. The invasion surprised me because there is a main pool and a great splash play area that kids would have preferred. One big plus was that on this ship pool staff did try to enforce the no chair saving that plagues so many ships. Just tell an attendant that you cannot find a chair and he or she will go pull things off abandoned ones. That was VERY nice. On the second night my husband was actually slammed into on the promenade by a couple of kids playing tag, he fell and chipped a tooth. There were no parents with the kids, who were maybe 8 and 9. We also had kids running up and down our stateroom hallway off and on until very late every single night, in a hotel this may not be as much of an issue, but on the ship it makes a horrible loud noise in the cabins. We had minor service issues in the dining room, first is that we were given a bad table, and when we asked on the second night to sit else where were told harshly, No that was our table for the rest of the trip and to take it or eat elsewhere. We also have issues on two nights in the main dining room without our entire order being incorrect. Incorrect across the board. Wait staff was very nice and corrected it professionally but we were surprised it happened twice out of the 3 nights we are there. We also found the activities throughout the day to be geared at children with an occasional adult activities a few times a day. Trivia was still there twice a day, sprinkled between character greetings, puppet shows, and cartoons in the theater. My over all thought is that if you are traveling with young kids, this is the ship for you. You will have a wonderful time with the kids well entertained. We also saw many teenagers on the ship, although they were never an issue as the younger kids were, they seemed entertained and happy as well. If you are young without kids, or older and post kids, this may not be what you are looking for in a cruise vacation and perhaps at least take extra care to not book at any time excessive numbers of kids are more likely to be on board. Less
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