Got your attention?
I don't see another 4 or 5 star review being of any use to anybody here so after the razzle dazzle has worn off this is what you're left with.
The cruise I booked was as follows:
5pm departure Sun- at sea Mon at sea Tue in st Thomas Wed in St martin Thur at sea Fri afternoon in Nassau
The following itinerary is what we got on the May 22 cruise without any forewarning from Royal Caribbean I might add.
* Left 4 hours late in the dark, no sail away party. * Showed up in Nassau at 7 am Sunday morning, you know what's open in Nassau at 7am ? CHURCH * About ¾ the way to St. Thomas a crewmember jumped overboard and the ship was ordered to search for him so they turned around to search for him. Now, I'm pretty sure if a passenger had gone missing they would have kept going. * Tuesday still at sea searching the Atlantic for the jumper. * Wednesday- Skipped St. Thomas completely and went straight to St. Martin * Thur/Fri at sea
RCI response? They don't reimburse anything and they reserve the right to change itineraries. We did get the $10 port tax back.
First hand experiences:
Embarkation: About 40 minutes Ship movement - barely noticeable Poor PA - in some spots Smoke - yes some bars in the promenade allow smoking this can be a big problem
Computer glitches: Yes many problem, schedule times different from printed versions, missing reservations. Cabin ventilation / air conditioning: maximum setting barely keeps up Cabin size: adequate, nice shower with handheld sprayer, lots of drawers and shelves.
Food- dining room excellent Windjammer - good luck finding a table. RCI screwed up on making this smaller. Why mess with a good thing? Entertainment - excellent Activities - same old stuff Loungers - people still camping out all day while they move around the ship I didn't see any pool attendants removing towels
Crowds/Lineups: never went anywhere without there being a lineup. Anyone who says it never felt crowded must be from India.
Disembarkation: Of course RCI is going to say that it is customs problem but RCI should take some initiative to fix this chaos. You find yourself in a mob of people hunting for luggage then a mob of people being misdirected to some customs line and eventually you find yourself outside smelling bus exhaust. There are no phones, vending machines washrooms or rest areas here and all sorts of security telling you to move along you can't stop here.