This was our first cruise so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd seen some negative reviews so I was a little worried. This was for our twenty fifth anniversary and I wanted it to be a special week. Maybe it's because we had no preconceived notions but we were blown away by the ship, service, food, room, and entertainment.
Royal Caribbean has definitely solved the logistics problem of getting 4000 people on an off the ship. Both the boarding and debarkation process went very smoothly both took less than 30 minutes most of the waiting was for NTSB security and customs.
We had a junior suite which is equivalent to a large hotel room. It had a king size bed (two beds put together) , couch, chair, walk in closet, bathroom with shower and bathtub, desk for a computer, and a balcony with two chairs and a lounge. The room was ready when we got to it at about one o'clock. Luggage got to our room by 4:30. Room was immaculate through out our whole stay and the room attendant was very helpful and attentive.
We went down to the promenade and sampled food form the signature restaurants and just got a feel for the ship. Booked a dinner reservation at chops. Went up to the Windjammer for lunch Food there was standard buffet fair well done plentiful and varied.
Went back to our room to read the compass. Champagne and chocolate covered strawberry’s were waiting from our romance package. Then went to Oliver Twist for more champagne and the first act of the murder mystery dinner which finished at Portifino's. The murder mystery was pretty well done and the food and service at Portifinos were outstanding. Had an excellent filet.
Spent the evening exploring the different bars and musical entertainment. Corey Simon in the Schooner Bar was incredibly good. Getting everyone laughing and involved in the singing. By the end of the cruise there was standing room only whenever he played.
Don't miss the parade the first night. Entertainers and crew are in what I thought were Mardi Gras or Carnival costumes and there is great salsa and Latin music Lot of fun. Did some gambling in the casino.
Our morning ritual was coffee in the room on the balcony (one cup coffee maker made very good coffee) then breakfast at the Windjammer. Was a little crowded on sea days but since there was just the two of us we usually got a table in a couple of minutes. One of the dinning rooms was open for al la carte lunch and breakfast no extra charge. We did breakfast there the last sea day just to see what it was like. Good service and eggs and bacon were fine. A smaller Buffet was also available in the dining room..
First Sea Day.-We went to the shopping show at 1:00 it was a little long but very informative. Felt like I could get a job as jeweler when I was done. It helped as I was planning on buying the engagement ring I couldn’t afford when we got married.
Dinner in the dinning room ranged from good to outstanding. Service was always excellent, waiter and assistant very attentive. Head waiter took care of scheduling our breakfast in bed. Second night dinner was sliced chateau Briand and was excellent. Served lobster two nights. Choice of appetizers (escargot, shrimp cocktail, soup all nights) and a chefs special appetizer each night. Four deserts including a low fat and sugar free desert . Ate at Chops one night had a delicious New York Strip.
Was just a great experience overall