Another great cruise!
This was our seventh cruise and fourth on Royal. This ship was really cool and large. Basically laid out like all the others but just bigger. With 3600 on board this week, it really did not feel crowded. The suite was the way to go. They have reserved seating at the pool, shows, and you have the concierge club. This was the best crew of the seven. Very friendly, cool and helpful.
The food is your normal cruise food, however, our wait staff was the best yet. We did eat three times in Chops (1), and Portofino (2). Portofino was the better of the two.
We travel with another family and the kids all had a great time meeting and hanging out with new friends. Only the nine year old used the kids club and he had a blast being able to check himself in and out. The Ice show and Quest is a must see. The other shows are pretty much the normal stuff. There is a ton of stuff to do on this ship and plenty that we missed in our week.
I liked the old route where you had two More
days down to PV and then headed back. This route gives you two days coming back against current and wind. The first day was not to bad but very windy. The last day at sea which is always the same, is crazy windy and much colder...depending on the time of year of course. Remember, you are headed back against the prevailing current and going 20 knots into a head wind. This is the day to schedule your massage and do all the indoor stuff. I would suggest this cruise to anyone. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
This is a great stop to get off the boat and hit a local beach resort for the day. Obviously, fishing and golf are exceptional but it all depends on what you are into. With kids, we have found over the years this to be the best beach day. The ship brings in you close and getting on and off was easy. This is the place to jet ski. You can hug the shoreline and see fish and head out to the arches where a colony of seals awaits.
This place is really a dump. I really do not know why they have it on the schedule. We have made this trip three times prior and have always chosen to stay on the boat. This trip we had a friend who was a travel agent and on another cruise. We met for the day at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort. 35 minute cab drive from the ship. Not a nice view to the resort as the city is very dirty and massive amounts of graffiti. The resort was a great place to hang out for the day and I would recommend it highly...otherwise, stay on the ship.
We have always hung out at the Crystal as it was only a five minute walk from the ship. However, it has gone way down since we were last there three years ago...will not go back. We heard that the Sheraton was the place to go for the day. The really cool thing we did this time was the outdoor adventure. This is very cool as you get to boat, truck ride, mule ride and then zip line. Don't forget to get a shrimp cocktail or garlic shrimp at the little restaurant while waiting for the boat ride back. You will have to book this trip through the cruise as they have it completely locked up. On a side note, you can also leave when you get to the dock after the truck ride down the hill and go to Le Cliff for a late lunch. It is about six minutes away taxi and has the best view you will find...you can check it out online. We ate there a few years back. Food is average. From there, you have a 40 minute cab ride back to the ship. This will allow you to run along the coast and get some feedback from the driver.