We took this cruise with RCI to the eastern Med and Egypt and were not disappointed... we had a wonderful time and can't wait to our next time!
The ship was well laid out and very clean. We never had long to wait for the lifts (elevators) and found the promenade, theatres, lounges and bars to be immaculately decorated and comfortable throughout.
Our cabin attendant Josie was incredibly friendly and so hard working... she deserves a raise for sure and was a credit to both herself and RCI.
The entertainment was generally good and at times very good. I was appalled to see some guests walk out on some of the performers at times after only a few minutes... their loss!
We opted for My Time Dining which gave us greater flexibility with to regards to when we ate. We never made a reservation and never had to wait more than two minutes to be seated. We were a little disappointed by quality of the steaks served for dinner (I suspect the quality meat was kept for Chops Grill which had a $25 cover charge!), we found them to be quite 'stringy' and gave up after a couple of nights and instead opted for the chef's recommendations which were usually good. We took breakfast in the Windjammer most mornings (buffet style) and their was always a wide choice of good quality fare on offer. We also enjoyed a relaxing coffee (Seattle's Best) with sandwich or cake in the Promenade Cafe most days too. The only reason I deduct a mark for the dining experience was the because of the steaks... surely this could easily be resolved!
We took RCI shore excursions at all ports bar Rhodes Town. These were generally good value and well organised if a tad expensive. See below for comments on each port.
Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and really quite painless. Hats off to RCI for this as there were over 3000 guests on-board!
Being from Northern England, we were keen to take advantage of the wonderful sunny weather and never had problems in finding sun loungers; the towel exchange facility worked well too.
If you enjoy more than just the odd glass of wine, beware! RCI must be one of the most expensive purveyors of wines... the cheapest glass we saw was in the $8-9 range with bottles costing $30+. Cocktail of the day was $6.95 plus 15% gratuity with typical cocktails costing around $8-9 plus gratuity. We opted for the Soda Package which was great value for money but did enjoy our fair share of cocktails too ;-)
Would I do this again? In a heartbeat! Would I cruise with RCI again, yes, I would... the staff worked tirelessly to ensure the guests had friendly and first rate service and I can't thank them enough for ensuring our Silver Wedding Anniversary was a memorable experience.