We took our 11 yr old triplets on their first cruise. They had the time of their lives. As a repeat cruiser with RCL we had some comments, both good and bad.
The ship is impressive. Our week was fully booked but we didn't feel that it was ever an issue. We did have to wait for the elevator more than we remember on other ships but was not really an issue at all. The flow rider area was great for the kids - we were there each and every day for several hours each day. The one complaint we had was the stench that came from what we could only assume was the burning of waste. At times we had to cover our faces or even get up and walk away because the smell was nauseating. Maybe a design flaw? We used the rock climbing wall and zip lines daily as well. Lines were fast moving and staff was great. Enjoyed the placement of whirlpools and even watched the sun set from one of them one night. We likes the 7 neighborhoods especially the Boardwalk.
We had adjoining rooms which worked out great for us. The bathroom seemed bigger although not sure. Sink was really small but the shower area seemed larger. No electrical outlets was an issue in the bathroom as well as the main cabin. What where they thinking only two outlets in today's day of cell phones and camera chargers, etc?? TV in both rooms had issues of not working properly or at all. Room was not kept as clean as it had on past cruises. Didn't see room steward really at all. Bed was super comfortable but sheets didn't smell fresh.
Although we had a great wait staff, we where in a small "room" off the main dining area which was not so nice. Almost like an after thought. We missed the feel of being in a large room and felt sectioned off. We missed what was going on in the main room. Missed the singing and dancing in the dining room. We thought the food was good. Our kids ate everything from Duck to Lamb, Escargot, Salmon, Lobster, Shrimp. They loved every bite! The bread and rolls where to die for - although we had to keep asking for more each night. We did eat at Johnny Rockets one day for lunch which was good. Also enjoyed Sorrento's Pizza for some late night snacks. Missed the midnight buffets. Park Cafe was a nice change of pace - salads where fresh and made to order.
We liked the idea of the pictures being all digital and also that they checked to make sure our kids where with the people they where supposed to be with, Like the life boat wristband that they wore all week just in case. Getting on and off the ship was simple and smooth even with all those people.
We have been away from cruising for way too long but are happy to say we were on this ship and are talking about when our next trip will be. We thought the ship was wonderful but ask if perhaps because of the size, do some of the little things get lost? We missed some of the subtle things that just seemed not possible because of the shear size. Might try one of the smaller ships for our next trip.