The cruise was very smooth. RCL Rep's met you at the airport--transfer is only a 10min ride to pier. This ship is the "Mother of all." It had everything you might have wanted and more. We even did the bar that goes from
floor to floor-starting from "Central Park down to the Royal promenade." Zip line, breakfast with the characters, parade, and more.
If you are a health nut, everything healthy including the daily beverages. (we called it enhanced water) lol. I lost weight. The shows were outstanding,
in fact so good you got up and sang a tune or two and dance. The Cruise Director Richard Spacey was excellent. From BINGO, Quest,Love and Marriage, it was there for the taking. From the design of the ship, the Engineers, the staff, the divers, kids friendly, family friendly, scrape-booking class each day, jewelry making class each day. All I can say is the over all experience I would have loved to have had my grand kids accompany me.
On the flip side:
This ship is amazing, humongous from the outside, but once you stepped inside, it's like "it's a small world after all." No kidding.'
Everything from the dinning, cafe's, cabins, photo shop, etc, very compact.
Dinning: we were bunch up at two tables in the back of the dinning room. Our waiter was a small man and couldn't get about without bumping into chairs.
Windjammer (buffet): Could barely get around tables, you would have to stand up and move out so the other person can get about.
Again healthy choices, I was looking for the real food. (fried chicken, green, cornbread, yams, cabbage, beets, real dressing not watered down, etc. Its closed at 9:00pm. Then you had your 24 hours pizza, and sandwiches,
you will never run out of water, because they had plenty of that.
Cabin: (balcony) My daughter and I opt to keep our beds together for more room. The showers were so compact that at first I thought I would have to wash one leg at a time. As far as, drawer/storage room you might as well kept your stuff in the suitcases. Speaking of suitcases, they say you can just side them under the bed, well needless to say, I tried, then I said, "let me see if our room attendant can do it. She could not....so our suitcases remain in full view. I really didn't like the idea of while using the bathroom instead
of flushing from the side, you had to close the toilet seat then flush. The basin was no bigger that a banana boat-that's what it was shape like.(ice cream) very small. They did provide bath robes.(one size fit all-more like one size fit most.lol)
Photo shop: They hyped you up about you don't have to go looking at the wall and that you are assign photo's number on your card. All you have to do is locate you number and your pictures will be place in your booklet. Well that did not happen, in fact we only had 4 pictures. Now some people were sitting on the floor with like 50-100 pictures, most people were confused because you have some with a few pictures and most with none. So in this small small photo shop (should have been open longer) everyone is looking on the wall trying to find their pictures. Needless to say, we left the ship with none. Couldn't find them. What a joke!!!
Captains Night: The photographer took the picture so fast you never had a chance to pose or smile.
On the last night the Cruise Director mention that he wanted everyone to meet up on the promenade deck. They have a wonder parade for us,
free gifts to everyone, and this is just their way of thanking us for coming on this wonderful cruise. WRONG instead it was us that was thanking the
entertainers again and they had about 50 light up rings for about 3,000 people. WE were still waiting for our free gifts and for them to
thank us. That didn't work so well. They were in the middle of the ship, with most everyone standing, if you're talking about 3-4,000 people there
was no way everyone could have enjoyed themselves. They should have move about the entire floor, like the other parades. (and where is my free gift)
First Port-Labadee Haiti
The island Haiti was of course their (RCL) own private island. Not much to do (but water actives are always an option). We opt for a coastline cruise excursion (rate 4), and then we opt for shopping at the Market place which was a long, long, long, from the pier and very, very hot. Royal Caribbean, could have provide some type of canopy for the long walk just to get to the island from the pier. The people in the mobile chairs and or wheel chairs I felt sorry for them. But did it for me was the Market with each purchase you received one of these hand made bags. (straw woven with the words, "CARLOS-Haiti"). Need to say, I kept buying things just for the bags. lol. so that made up for not having a lot to do there.