Arrived via car evening before, stayed at Cocoa Beach Hilton, as previously we were allowed to park our car there for the duration of the cruise. Day of embarkation was tedious, shuttle driver forgot to close rear door and some of our luggage tumble onto the street. Oh well we were on vacation. Took some time to get through the line and onto the ship. Yes the Windjammer was crowded for lunch but not overly so. More on the Windjammer later. We decided to book a promenade view room, big mistake, very small room compared to the balcony rooms we usually book. This is also the first bed that we could not slide our luggage under, so we placed it wedged into the area that should have been occupied by the chair for the vanity. One closet was also insufficient for our needs. The shower although it had a door rather than a curtain leaked like a sieve. Our in room mini safe failed to open on several occasions requiring calls to maintenance, we gave up on it and kept it open. Lastly we had a view of the pursers desk and not the promenade, but we did not hear any noises either, a testament to RCL excellent noise insulation in the promenade rooms.
On a whole the ship was beautiful, the crew great, and the captain hilarious in a very subtle way. The royal promenade is a novel idea we enjoyed strolling it very much. It had the typical stores, Ben and Jerry's was overpriced as well as the cupcake place. Johnny Rockets on the 12th deck was great, pricey, but excellent food and shakes.
The shows were not up to what I had experienced in the past with the exception of the ice show and a comic whose name eludes me, he was musically talented as well as swinging mean bolas.
We ate at Chops, very good food, again not up to par with what I have had in the past. Main dining room early seating was quite enjoyable, we were lucky and had exceptional table mates as well as excellent service. The food was quite good also. The Windjammer was organized in a fashion that confused, also the diversity of food was lacking. I believe Indian was on the menu daily. One day I was happy to find Chicken Marsala and spooned a good portion on my plate, one bite and I was convinced the cooks had lost their mind, as it was lava hot. Going back I noticed it was Chicken Masala one letter made all the difference in the world.
the passengers seemed somewhat subdued, and older than we expected. Even with these minor glitches, we had a very good time. Perhaps we will give RCL another shot.
We were however dismayed at the blatant display of gold card this and gold card that special treatment...it was so overt we as a mere regular passengers felt second class at times.
Port 1 Labade Haiti...very nice, awesome water, relaxing, buffet lunch was good. Careful when going to the local "vendor Village" they are very aggressive about selling you something