The overnight flight arranged by RC to Dubai was unnecessary, as there are ample day flights to get you into Dubai a a sensible hour, we were taken to a hotel, given a good breakfast and carried out the ship check-in there ( albeit a huge queue!)
When we eventually boarded the ship, the cabins were not ready until early afternoon anyway.
When on board our cabin had a 50% reduced balcony ( not shown on the deck plan)and the 'guest relations' were very unhelpful in eventually changing cabins to one that we had actually paid for with a normal balcony- even though I offered to pay extra on board.
The ship is tired and badly in need of an overhaul - rusting paintwork - worn carpets and a general 'dismal' look.
The food was some of the worst ever, bland and lacking inspiration ( the $20+ a head speciality restaurants however, were very good)and more often that not fish options suggested were unavailable.
The last days of the cruise the ship ran out of British bacon, mushrooms, corn flakes, some fish and fresh vegetables - a total nightmare.
The deck space was very, very, very cramped especially the days at sea where there was a struggle to find shade and a place to sit.
The good points were:
Great restaurant waiting staff 'Joey'( despite appalling food and lack of dishes offered, they did their best)
Great cabin steward 'Jun'
The 'cutbacks' are now so serious that we will never use RC again - we prefer Celebrity
If you want a better option that Weight Watchers go on this boat- you are guaranteed to lose weight!