After taking a hiatus from cruising, DH and I have decided to bring our 15 mo DD on a cruise for a fall getaway. DM tagged along so that I may have backup care for DD. We are both in our early 30s, have previously cruised on NCL, carnival, princess, and Holland America. This would be our first experience with RCL. We did not have much expectation, as we know it would be different traveling with a toddler and that we will just go with the flow.
Embarkation: Took a car service to cape liberty, got there around 1:30pm, got on board around 2:30ish. We got distracted by the cookie station, and they won't allow anyone with cookie in hand. Try taking a cookie from a toddler...big nono! Overall: A.
Cabins: We had a D3 balcony on the 6th floor and an interior room right across the hall. Plenty of space for my two strollers and suitcases. The suggestion of bring an over the door shoe organizer was a very useful one. It kept our room organized and you can find your stuff real fast. Being on the 6th floor, the balcony does have a close enclosure on the bottom, so DD was not able to stand and see the ocean, thus her enjoyment of the veranda was limited as we do not wish for her to become overboard. One major problem we have with the cabin was the water pressure on both sinks and showers left a lot to be desired. We couldn't sufficiently clean our sippy cups due to the low water pressure. And the is a constant smell permeating from the toilet, it was a little unpleasant using the facility. I hope these issues would be corrected next year when the ship will return to dry dock for a renovation. Overall: B
Food: I am not sure rather if the standard has slipped due to the trend of the whole cruising industry or if this is just RCL. We were wowed, but not in a good way. We had dined in the dinning room twice, and we were not impressed by the food. With the baby, we wind up eating most meals on the windjammer. Except the made to order items, the temperature are not optimal for hot dishes, they are lukewarm at best. The salads are at least fresh, so that was what I wind up eating most of the time. Overall: B-
Service: Excellent service all around, from room steward to dinning room/windjammer servers. Martin and Limen from deck 3 dinning room really went out of their way to accommodate our baby. A big thank you to you guys! Guest relations people were professional and competent. Overall: A
Children's program: Part of the reason of picking RCL for this trip was the royal babies program RCL advertised on their website. Thinking that there will be at least an outlet for the baby to spend her energy in a safe environment. How wrong was I?! First sea day, we show up to the location for this program, it was hosted in one of the game room with tables and chairs taking half of the room, and there were sharp corners everywhere, mind you. And, there were only 3 pieces of toy. On top of all that, they sent a poorly trained person to host the program, who didn't know what she was doing, nor being responsive in accommodating our requests for more toys. Hello, is this for real?! As a matter of fact, DD got jabbed right in between the eyes from the corner of a chair. Obviously, the royal babies/toddlers program is not their priority. It was like pulling teeth and the effort was half-hearted. Overall: F
Entertainment: I can't really comment on it really, since we don't usually go to the show. But we did manage to attend the ice show, which was fantastic. So the ice show gets an A.
Bermuda is beautiful. We have been there multiple times pre-baby, and it was nice to revisit horseshoe bay and Hamilton. Much has change on the dock, a lot more things to do now. DD loves the open carriage shuttle and the ferry ride. We have gotten some nice pictures and memory to cherish. It was all worth it at the end. I guess.
Disembarkation: Took our time waking up, had breakfast. Walked off at 8:30 and got home @ 10am. Can't complain.