Boarding: We flew in to Singapore a day early so that we could board at our own leisure. Royal Caribbean's boarding in Singapore was very smooth and well organised compared to our previous experience on 3 Costa cruises. This is probably the only category they excelled in.
Cabin: Our balcony cabin was well placed in a central position clean and well serviced though a little tired.
Dining: As we had boarded before lunch we went up to the bistro which was jam packed with a large number of families. This was not surprising as the cruise was only three days over a weekend. We secured a table however there was a good range of food of pretty good quality.For Dinner in the main dining room we had requested seating with other English speaking passengers. We were told that could not be done it would be discriminatory. On our three prior cruises with Costa this did not seam to be an issue even though most passengers on those cruises spoke various European languages. When we arrived in the dining room for dinner we found we were at a table for two behind a pillar. The following nights we moved to my-time dining as we were seated alone.Over two days we met three other Australian couples in my-time dining who had experienced the same problem.
The cruise itself: The general experience was good, facilities like the fitness centre though small were well maintained and well equipped. The crew were courteous and helpful. The Port of Penang we found interesting but Melaka not greatly exciting and very oppressive climate.
The drink packages on offer were we thought not enticing and the pressure being applied on the first day in the bistro annoying. The crew member we dealt with did not explain the packages with us clearly there was a communication problem with the members understanding of English. We found we had signed up for two water packages a day instead of two for three days. This meant we had paid for 24 large bottles of water for three days. The customer service desk readily allowed us to alter this package. We are concerned for our upcoming cruise at Royal Caribbean's increase in extra pay eating establishment's. we feel that this will mean a reduction in area of the bistro area and dining space as well as a reduction in quality in the main dining room. These concerns match a recent cruise critic on the Radiance of the Seas Alaska North voyage.