Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise after the total nightmare of booking onto the ship. The Royal Caribbean Rep. at Venice airport didn't know her left from her right and sent us to the wrong area at first but we eventually found our transfer coach amongst total chaos. When we arrived at the Port the experience was no better, it was again total chaos which didn't improve until we actually got to the check-in desk. There seemed to be a total lack of communication. Once on the ship though things improved and we were shown to our cabin which was a D2 and very nice. However, when I looked into the bathroom the toilet looked as though it hadn't been cleaned so I immediately rang Housekeeping and they replaced the toilet seat within half an hour!! We then got phone calls for the next 3 days asking us if the toilet seat had been replaced, I answered each time but the message did not seem to get through. Eventually, on the 4th day we received free shuttle boat tickets to Venice with an apology and a hope that the inconvenience hadn't spoilt our cruise!
We found the ship to be bigger than any we had cruised on before as we have done one Princess Cruise but the rest have been Thompson"s. I was impressed with the shows and the Theatres, there was never a problem getting a seat and the Ice show was particularly good, with the girl who did the hula hoops (can't remember her name),stealing the show. The food was excellent.we never had a bad meal, we didn't try the Speciality Restaurants as we were quite satisfied with the Magic Flute restaurant. We had My Time Dining but we ate at the same time each night as this suited us. The only complaint was on the first night when they offered us bottled water only and we paid about 8 dollars for a bottle, we asked for tap water after that.
The port of Koper was within walking distance of the ship and it was a very nice little town to walk around. There was a sort of Market there also.
Ravenna was not within walking distance so we got the shuttle bus and walked around the town. Not a lot to see apart from a few churches and some shops but we found a nice little bar and had wine and pizza.
Bari was within walking distance but the ship were charging 14 dollars for the Shuttle Bus! We decided to go on the Land Train which cost 15euros and wasn't such a good idea as we spent hardly any time on the Land Train and most of the time following the guide. We would have preferred to stay in the Old Town and walk around ourselves, but never mind, you live and learn.
Dubrovnik is a lovely city, we have been there before, so we decided to go on the chairlift which is quite new. It was a bit of a walk up quite a few steps and the chairlift was a little crowded but the views when we reached the top were amazing. The ship was charging 42 dollars for this trip and it cost just 11.5 euros so this gives you some idea of how expensive the trips are.
The weather in Venice was awful, which was a shame as the weather had been gorgeous for the rest of the week. We managed to get there after lunch when the rain had stopped but it was still very windy.
The evening entertainment on the ship was really enjoyable and always made us smile. All in all we had a brilliant time but probably would not book with RC again in a hurry due to all the extras and the price of the drinks which is made worse by the 15% service charge on each one. My husband was happy though as they did 500ml cans of Fosters lager and they always gave me good measures of Absolute vodka