I recently took a cruise with my family in June.
- Embark and disembark were super efficient. Kudos go to RCL to solve this problem.
- Very clean ship. All the public places were free of debris.
- Very clean stateroom. No foul smell during our entire stay.
- Very clean beds, sheets and pillows.
- Very clean bathroom in stateroom. We always closed the lid on the toilet to minimize/eliminate odor.
- Large venues for shows with enough standing room.
- Shows were mostly enjoyable, except we found Hair Spray to be quite long.
- Dining was very good. We only used the complimentary dining services but we found the food and service to be very good.
The dining staff cleared the dirty plates from tables quickly, except in Windjammer at peak lunch hour.
I really liked the Solarium for lunch (light but tasty),
Park Place for breakfast and Opus for dinner.
Windjammer was also OK (plenty of buffet food) but nothing to sing about.
You can't go hungry or thirsty on the Oasis and indulge all you want at zero cost:
Coffee from Park Place, Cafe Promenade, Windjammer.
Juices in Park Place and Windjammer.
Baked stuff and sandwiches from Park Place, Cafe Promenade, Donut shop, just to name a few.
Pizza from Sorrento.
Burgers & fries from Wipeout or Windjammer.
- Interactive TV in stateroom: check your account, check dining room capacity, show time, book excursions etc. Very convenient. Although the speed of screen update was very slow you thought you were using dial-up modem.
- The drink server were not pushy to sell you drinks at the pool decks or at the show venues. On other cruise line, I got sick of saying "No thanks" to the drink servers so I hope RCL doesn't become more aggressive to sell more drinks.
- Crowd: We expected it would be crowded but we were surprised by how crowded it was.
On embarkation, we went up to Windjammer for lunch at 12:30pm. It was a mad house with scarcely any empty table. On other days, it was not as bad but you would have to be quick on your feet to nab an empty table to fit a family.
Most of the times except late night, the elevators were crowded and my family usually had to wait for another car to come.
The worst wait time was obviously meal time so we decided to walk to/from our dining rooms (it was a good exercise to burn off the calories :-))
On sea days, it was difficult to find empty chairs on the pool deck. Either you get to the pool real early or real late.
- Small state room:
We had large suitcases and had to stow them under the beds to leave enough space to walk around the state room.
But of course, we had to pull the suitcases from under the bed if we wanted to get some thing. This pull-out/push-in became pretty old very quickly.
- No opened liquid container allowed after port calls: I was not sure why but we couldn't bring opened water or soda bottles we bought from the ports onto the ship.
- Photographs were expensive: $20 for an 8x10 sheet and $10 for smaller. You could spend several hundred dollars on pictures alone.