This was my 11th cruise, the 8th one with RCCL. This was our first inaugural cruise. The ship was beautiful. We had a junior suite and our first hump room. The room was, of course, larger than JS on smaller ships. The bed was very comfortable. Lots of people had problems with the locks on the doors. We had to have our lock changed three times and had to have new Sea Passes made at least three times because our passes would not unlock the door. This was just a kink on the new ship that had to be worked out.
The food was the best of all the ships we’ve been on. The shows and parades were wonderful. Ken Rush was the Cruise Director and, of course, he was great, too. The captain was only 40 years old. His wife and family were on board. He was the friendliest captain we have ever had on a ship, as was his wife. He was very visible on the ship and always personable.
Pleasingly, the crowds weren’t bad for a large ship. The elevators did tend to get crowded on the at sea days. We booked this cruise for the ship and only took one shore excursion, snorkeling at Cozumel.
Our cruise critic group, dubbed, the Motley Cruisers, Sol Patrol, met several times as a group. We had these great yellow t-shirts with our moniker on it, and blinkie sun necklaces and pins to identify ourselves. Ken mentioned our group several times at events. We had our own Amazing Scavenger Hunt on the first day at sea.
The coffee was very, very strong in the Windjammer, main dining room and the Concierge Lounge. I like strong coffee, but it was so strong, I couldn’t drink it. Others commented on the strong coffee, as well.
We did have a major disappointment. My husband was assaulted, completed an incident report with Guest Relations. Security did an investigation and took no action against the assailant.
Embarkation was very smooth. Disembarkation didn’t take but about 45 minutes.