We have just returned from the Medeterainan week with the ship.Firstly let me start by telling you that we had a great time......
Yes the ship is slightly dated and is showing its age in certain areas but hey that can be said for 90% of hotels also!!
The staff are amazing and always served you with a smile and most went out of their way for you if you asked for something.
The food in the main resturant definatly got worse as the week went along,this is a view held by all people that we spoke to.Although it was still not terrible it certainly wasnt as good as the begining of the week.The menu was dominated by fish or beef.Again the staff were great.
Now coming onto the "drinks package" this is something that Royal Carribian dont go out of their way to advertise.Yes its there but you have to ask for it.
They offer 3 packages- 1 beer and wine, 2 beer,wine and spirits or 3 beer,wine spirits(all brands) Prices start from 234 dollars for the beer/wine package(which if you like a drink is DEFINATLY worth taking out)
Included in the packages are most brands of beer including strongbow newcastle brown,corona.etc which makes a pleasant change to "house" beers.
The sun decks got VERY full on the 2 days we had at sea and by 8.30am most sunbeds have vanished.We did see pool attendents taking towels off unused sunbeds at times by not often enough.
The indoor pool is ADULT only(slightly unfair when they charge FULL PRICE for children)
On the days in port we found the shuttle services a total RIP OFF AND REFUSED TO PAY THE 10 DOLLARS PER PERSON to be shuttled into the towns.(how they can charge this is beyond me and left a sour taste in our mouths!!!)
Instead we made our own way which was VERY VERY easy.....
In Barcelona the public bus stops outside the terminal building and runs every 10 mins COST 3 EUROS RETURN
In Ibiza taxis pull up at the gate every other minute COST TO IBIZA TOWN 7 EUROS PER TAXI.
In Malaga the public bus runs every 10 min and COSTS 3 EUROS RETURN(dont belive Royal Carribian when they tell you there is NO public transport)
In Gibralter its a nice pleasant 10 min walk into town or shuttle mini buses charge 5 Euros.
We also noticed that the ship docked as far away as it possible could from ALL ports(is this to save money???) most other cruise ships docked a lot closer.
All in all we think the ship represented value for money on the offers that seen and if the price was right we would go again.