This cruise out of New Orleans was great. We visited the ports of Key West and Nassau (Coco Cay was cancelled). Embarkation was fast and easy. We were checked in and on the ship within 15 minutes of arriving at the port. Lunch in the Windjammer was excellent.
Going out of New Orleans is an experience in itself. There was much to see along the river as we twisted and turned our way to the gulf.
Entertainment on the ship was very good. We had both musical and comedy shows. We also decided to do the Mystery Dinner Theater one night. The actual theater show was kind of silly and not well performed but the food and wine was exceptionally good.
We did My Time Dining for the first time. We did not pick our times prior to getting onboard, which was a mistake. We were unable to get the dining time we wanted once onboard and ended up eating much later then we wanted to. Lesson learned and if we do MTD again, we will pre-select our times in advance of getting onboard. Although the food was really great, we are not fans of RCL's new menus. Many of our favorites are no longer offered. There were a couple of nights that we felt the selections were poor and we ordered off the of the Chops menu. We are also disappointed in the quality of steak offered on the regular menu.
Our biggest complaint would be the sound level & type of music (and rehearsals) in the main centrum. This small area was overwhelmed by the loudness of the music. It was an insult to the ears even when getting off the elevators on other decks. We are used to having soft pre-dinner music in the area but that was not the case on this cruise.
Our favorite place was the Diamond Lounge. What a wonderful job RCL did with this area. It was a wonderful retreat at all hours of the day. The host Rami was the BEST! He bent over backwards to make sure your every need was met.
Although we missed the port of Coco Cay, the other ports were nice. We really enjoyed Key West. We do not do any organized shore excursions through the cruise lines but we heard RCL did a nice job on their excursions. Nassau was the same as usual. Nothing much new there. We could have spent much less time in that port. Being in Nassau until nearly mid-night is a waste of time (in our opinion).
There was a pretty good selection of entertainment during our sea days and we enjoyed a few games of Trivia.