For lack of a better way to say this, we cruised from May 1 - 8th so we just got off this ship yesterday and I wish I never had to get off this ship! It was WONDERFUL!! The service is second to none! Captain Zini is personable, young, intelligent, vibrant and friendly. He did yoga with us and also showed up at the fitness center often and took the classes and worked out. He was COOL! There were non-stop things to do and activities. The shows were first class. We saw Chicago and Blue Planet, which was a lot like A Cirque de Soliel show. If you were bored, you were either dead or trying to be bored! This is a FIRST CLASS operation all the way! There are clubs that offer dancing until all hours, and a HUGE casino! The food = excellent, the wine selection = excellent, the food presentation = excellent, the room attendants are hard working and EXTREMELY friendly and Royal Caribbean is probably one of the biggest supporters of clean cruising I've ever read about. They are cutting edge when it comes to preserving the environment and the oceans. I really like that about them. There are children on the cruises but there are family sections on the pool decks and the kids are kept pretty well confined. If you go to the Solarium, you can avoid the screaming and loudness of the young kids because the Solarium is a 16 and over area only. The drink prices are VERY reasonable! I was surprised at this especially. I was totally expecting to be raped for a pina colada, but a typical mixed drink or umbrella drink was about $8.00. Everyday they had a "specialty drink" which on the last day was called the "Ultimate Mai Tai." YUM! I had 4!! :) They were $6.50 each, and they were NOT stingy with the alcohol either!!
You will spend very LITTLE time in your cabin as there is so much to do on this HUGE, beautiful ship!! By the time we went to breakfast each morning at the Windjammer (free), went to the fitness room (free), did the zipline (free), the rock climbing wall (free) and/or the Flow Rider (free), sat out on the pool deck or in the Solarium (get there early or you won't get a lounge chair), had a few Bloody Mary's, it's time to go get cleaned up for dinner!
You can go to the main dining room (free) and have a FIRST CLASS dinner or go to one of the specialty restaurants (nominal fees apply). An example of a dinner at the main dining room: Our last night which was Saturday, May 7, 2011 was a choice of 4 appetizers which were all first class, then the main course which was lobster - YES- I said lobster, AND if you wanted prime rib you could also get that too, they all come with an assortment of side dishes, like wasabi mashed potatoes or grilled asparagus, amongst others, and for dessert there were choices like Creme Brulee, cherries jubilee and dulce le leche cheese cake. All were top of the line choices. The wine list was pretty impressive too. I would have liked to have seen more Napa reds offered but they had ample choices of wines for the experienced palate. And the main dining room is included in your cruise package!! We went to Izumi (the sushi specialty) and Samba Grill (the Brazilian specialty). Izumi was ala carte plus a $20.00 per person fee but I got some of the BEST sushi I have ever tasted. Samba Grill was also just as impressive and special! The service at both of these specialty restaurants was intimate, personal and high quality.
Royal Caribbean has it down! From the first day of your cruise when you are boarding the ship to the last day of your cruise when you are disembarking the ship. Everything is smooth, friendly and stress free IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! I read some reviews from people moaning and complaining about how they missed their shuttle and/or their flight, or had some type of a problem, etc. and after my experience on this cruise line, I can only surmise that these people obviously were too busy partying on the last night and were too hung over the next day to bother to get the proper instruction on disembarking the ship!!! Royal Caribbean made it very clear and obvious to any half intelligent person that there are PROCEDURES in place in order to ensure a smooth transition off the ship on the last day of your cruise.