We cruised on RCI for our honeymoon in 1995 on Monarch of the Seas. Since then, we have cruised on Disney twice and couldn't wait to get back to RCI. We decided to splurge and pay the extra $$ to get a grand suite after we read about all the perks the suite guests receive. It was well worth it in every way!! We (me-41, husband-48, daughter-9)were treated like royalty in every aspect from embarkation to disembarkation and everything in between. It really made this vacation the best one yet. Wilfred (Willy), the concierge is awesome. He went above and beyond to take care of our every need.
As a suite guests, we had access to the private beach on Haiti. We also booked a cabana and it completely exceeded our expectations. It was absolutely beautiful. The suite guests receive a little better buffet than the rest of the guests (steaks, shrimp, etc) and it was great. My husband did the zip line and absolutely loved it. We had full access at no extra charge to beach mats for floating in the water, snorkeling equipment and a bucket, shovel etc for playing in the sand. My daughter was interested in the snails so the life guard helped her get a bucket full. She thought that was a treat as they were her pets for the day. Of course we put them back in the water before we left. :-)
Next was Jamaica. We didn't book an excursion so we deiced to go into town for some shopping. Not the most pleasant experience to say the least. The locals really harass you and if you act in the slightest way negative, they are all over you. We didn't stay long but managed to get a few souvenirs.
Grand Cayman was one of our favorites. After doing some research, I decided to go on our own to the Boatswain Turtle Farm instead of booking it through the ship. It was cheaper and we could stay there as long as we wanted. My daughter loved it and we loved the fresh water pool constructed to look like a lagoon. We spent most of the day there.
Cozumel was also memorable. We booked the Dolphin swim, push, ride at Dolphinaris and have no complaints. We loved the facility and being an animal lover, I felt comfortable with the environment the dolphins were in and how the trainers treated and interacted with them.
The only complaint we have is the main dining room. I agree with previous reviewers that the quality of food has definitely declined. Our waiter was somewhat quiet and reserved. However, we loved our assistant waiter. There were 2 nights when we decided to eat in the Windjammer as we weren't in the mood to dress up and we were tired from the day's activities. We thoroughly enjoyed the selections they provided in the Windjammer for all meals. Again, the suite guests had special seating in Portofino during breakfast and lunch so we never had to worry about a place to sit.
We attended most all the shows in the Arcadia theater and the ice skating show in Studio B. Being suite guests we had prime seating for both theaters.
We also had special suite guest seating at the pool so we never had to worry about not finding a seat. My daughter wasn't interested in the H20 zone so we spent our time at the main pool which was fine as most of the daytime entertainment took place there.
We used the fitness center everyday and have no complaints. Our stateroom attendant was also awesome.
We plan to cruise again in 2012 on either the Oasis or the Allure. Can't wait!!