Embarkation: This little three day cruise was a perfect get away. We arrived by auto to the pier at 12:30pm unloaded and parked the vehicle. We went and checked in and because I was on a scooter took the elevator up to the ship. We entered the ship at 1:05pm and were able to go to our cabin and drop off our carry on luggage. We went up to the Windjammer and had lunch. This also was very easy and there was plenty of seating available. The food was very good and hot.
Sail Away: The weather was very nice but we always like to sit in the Viking lounge for sail aways and we met a fellow cruise critic member there for the sail away. The ship was scheduled to leave at 5:30 pm, but was 45 minutes late due to a merchant ship passing behind the ship. After we finally started, the view was wonderful and the party was going strong on the pool deck.
Port of Ensenada
This is a nice port but as we have been here many times before we did not debark here. As this was our "formal night" we dressed for dinner and had a wonderful dinner. Lesson learned, a suit is not really needed on this type of cruise and it was a mistake to pack for just 3 days. Also heard a rumor that RCCL isn't serving lobster on it's cruises anymore. I was told that people were ordering too many. Hope it isn't true that is a highlight of the cruise.
Day at sea
This day started off weird, at 6:00 am they paged two people to contact Guest Relations, this page went into the staterooms. Of course the rumors started at breakfast that they must have fallen overboard as the ship was not moving, just sitting in neutral. We never heard anything else about what happened from the crew.
The entertainment on this ship was outstanding. This goes for all the venues, very impressed for such a short cruise.
The room steward and wait staff were what is expected on every RCCL ship, simply outstanding. Pappi 1 our Asst Waiter was very entertaining and definitely enjoyed his job. I was really impressed with Cheryle our server in the Viking Lounge on the first days sail away. I went back to the Viking Lounge the next day and she remembered my name and what I was drinking. This is outstanding considering I only had 2 drinks. Very impressive considering the number of people on this cruise.
The sea on this cruise was like glass, this was especially true while sitting in neutral on our sea day. When I looked down at the water with the sun shining the water had little bursts of light like stars twinkling in the sky on a clear night. The whole three days was like being in a rowboat on a lake with no wind, no movement at all.
This was a very relaxing trip with outstanding staff and very talented entertainers. Heard that after October RCCL is doing away with these 3/4 day trips on the west coast. I hope it isn't true. I do know that the Monarch of the Seas is leaving and the Vision of the Seas is being replaced by the Mariner of the Seas. I just hope RCCL sends another ship for the 3/4 trips.