Embarkation was a breeze, arrived at 11:00 AM, checked in and on the ship within 15 minutes of dropping off the luggage and parking the car. Disembarkation was a breeze with Express Walkoff, we were off by 6:15 AM, and on the road by 6:30 AM.
Entertainment was excellent. We reserved all shows prior to boarding (45 days before), but found each show had room for those who had not reserved shows prior to boarding. Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, Frozen in Time, Oasis of the Dreams, Splish Splash, Comedians, etc. were all good.
Specialty Restaurants were as follows. 150 Central Park was our least favorite, atmosphere and service excellent, but we did not think anything on the set menu was memorable. Chops was excellent, as good or better than any other Chops we have experienced. Giovani's Table was the best value and food for $15 cover charge. We ate outside in Central Park and it was a great meal. Johnny Rockets was as good as usual, but it is a bit small inside, but has More
plenty of outside tables. Seafood Shack has changed their menu as of a couple of weeks ago and is no longer $8.95, it is now a la carte. Our friends are from New England, and they were not impressed. From what we have read the Allure will replace the Seafood Shack with a different restaurant.
Main Dining in the Opus Dining Room started off a little shaky in the first 24 hours with slow service and food quality. However, once we expressed our concerns and changed Assitant Waiters, everything was taken care of by the Maitre D' and Head Waiter (Thanks Richard and Sergio!). Breakfast and lunch are a challenge at times in Windjammer due to layout and too many people. Breakfast is slow in Opus Dining Room, and they do not have Eggs Benedict on the menu, you need to request it. Johnny Rockets has a limited breakfast selection, but service is fast and friendly. Many people who enjoy more of a Continnental Breakfast went to the Park Cafe for fruit, pastries, bagels, etc. Cafe Prominade also offers pastries, coffee, tea, etc. for lighter fare. In addition, the Solarium Bistro turned out to be a great place for a light breakfast. As for lunch, it is hard to beat the Park Cafe in Central Park. Yes, the Roast Beef sandwiches were excellent. In addition, they have Paninis, Fruit Cups, Asian Salads, an excellent made to order salad bar, and wonderful deserts.
Exercise and activities. The Gym is excellent, as are the Rock Walls, Flow Riders, Zip Line, pools, and H2O zone. The only complaint we had was the walking/jogging track on deck 5. It appeared some people thought walking was on the inside track, while others thought it was on the outside tack. I think RCCL could solve this by paiting WALKING in one lane and JOGGING in the other lane. Pools were not crowded even at 10:00 AM, chairs were available and the Pool/Deck Attendant was keeping an eye on chair hogs.
Cabins - we had a D8 balcony 6560 starboard near the front elevator lobby. This was the configuration with the bed at the balcony. Cabin, Bathroom, Balcony, Bedding, Pillows, Storage, etc. were all as expected. This turned out to be a great location. We walked around the corner to the Gym, down one level to the walking track and Promenade. In addition, we were right near the Diamond Lounge for Cappuccino and Espresso's, on Deck 6 and just down 2 levels to Deck 4 for Blazes (Diamond evening cocktails), Opus Theatre, Studio B, Comedy Live, Jazz Club, and Casino. Less
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