We were 5 couples traveling together - with 3 different types of cabins - Outside balcony, Central Park balcony and inside cabin. So let's start the review on cabins - First understand that the ship is longer than 3 football fields and has a tremendous amount of open space so getting together to meet each other, even when we were on the same floor took a lot of coordination and walking as there are only 2 or 3 areas to cross-over from one side to the other. So a word to the wise if you are traveling in a group check where each cabin is located when you book to make it easy. Second, the cabins are the same square footage as on many other ships, but they are longer and narrower - so, navigating your cabin and especially your bathroom takes a little getting used to, especially if you are a little overweight. Balconies are only 30 sq. ft, so not a great place to have others over to have a drink and relax, need to use the common areas.
To the common areas - They are truly amazing - In one week it is almost impossible to get to appreciate and truly enjoy all the specialty areas the ship has to offer. For us Bolero's (Latin dance), On Air (Karoake), Schooner Bar (Piano Bar), Viking Lounge (Trio and beautiful views), and Dazzles (Dance with live Band) took up the late evening entertainment. All went beyond our expectations.
To the shows - Without a doubt the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship. Seen entertainment is my business, I feel confident in saying that the production values of the theme shows - Hairspray, Come Fly with Me, Ice and Water shows -for a cruise ship were incredible. Both the headliner (Earl Thomas and the Comedian) were also excellent. Do yourself a favor and make the time to see the shows while you are on the cruise. In my opinion, it is very important for you to choose your shore excursions first and then set your show schedule after that
so that you have enough time to relax between the excursion, your dinner and the show. We did not do that and on the day in St. Thomas, we found ourselves very tired during the show.
Shore Excursions - Scuba diving in Nassau (my wife) had a great time and very professional. Only issue was that her underwater camera did not work and RCCL did not have a member on the dive to take photos so she has none for the scrapbook. I did the snorkeling with the stingray/private beach - excellent value for the money - relaxing and fun. In St. Thomas we took the tour to Jost Van Dyke. If you have the time and want to go to a beautiful and totally relaxing island do yourself a favor and take this tour. The island is magic, totally unspoiled. If you are someone who wants to be active this is not the tour for you - The snorkeling on this tour is some of the best we have done in the Caribbean. In St. Martin just shopped and sat on the beach - did it all by ourselves.
Food - The service in the dining room was very good. DaVinci is a tremendous waiter - The food quality was just OK, never very hot and not the usual diversity, but with 5,000 people what can you expect. We did find the Park Cafe in Central Park a great alternative for breakfast and lunch. Windjammer way too crowded to deal with - WipeOut Cafe also not bad by pool. Word to the wise, if you like wine, buy the wine package, very reasonable and saves you money on the cruise. Also, Vintages is a very nice location to have some wine with friends and also extremely reasonably priced.
Activities on the Ship also world class - The Zipline is a little short, but you are on a cruise ship so that experience alone is unreal. Rock climbing, ice skating, mini golf and pool activities all fantastic.
Embarkation and disembarking very easy - no stress at all. Only issue for us was that we ordered the pre-cruise package of wine and cheese for the room and it was not there when we arrived. With so many cabins they just promise to have it to you sometime on your arrival day.
In conclusion, we intend to go again with our kids and granddaughter. The cruise is worth every penny. Only thing that keeps it from being the perfect experience was the food and the pre-cruise purchase not being ready when you get on ship