Just returned from a 4 day cruise sailing from Malaga visiting Lisbon and Gibraltar. Really enjoyed some aspects of the cruise but others let this down so much so I would probably not consider cruising with Royal Caribbean again.
Myself and my wife arrived at ship early on morning of cruise around 11am and we were quickly processed and aboard ship in approximately 30 minutes. Our cabin was not ready until 1pm so we went for lunch in the windjammer. The food was of a very high standard there and found that throughout the cruise this continued.
We went to our cabin after lunch and were pleasantly surprised at the size of the cabin. After unpacking we took a tour of the ship and were impressed with the amenities on board.
Late evening we went to the Duck and Dog pub for a drink and got quite a shock when we received our bill. The bill was as follows: 2 x beers @ $5.95 plus $1.81 service charge plus $0.86 making a pint almost $8 dollars.
Having prepaid all gratuities when booking the cruise to be charged almost $2 dollars for service really angered us.
This ethos of trying to take as much money out of passengers continued throughout the cruise and left a bad taste in the mouth.
Our biggest gripe was the lack of entertainment on this cruise and speaking to fellow passengers this was the common opinion with all of them. There was only one "act" Los Gauchos who made noises with ropes and drums and did the Tango they were terrible. The resident band Take 4 were moved around the ship into different venues, leaving most venues closed most nights. Royal Caribbean seem to have used this 4 day cruise to fill in some missing days on their itinerary and have not booked acts for the cruise, this has severely backfired on them as all passengers I have spoken to will not travel with them again.