Let me just say now "Thanks RCI for a wonderful vacation". Our greatest cruise to date.
Check-in: this was the fastest check-in we ever experience. 20 minutes from security to Windjammer Cafe :-) Crown and Anchor Society returning guests have priority services(saves lots of time)
Guest Room: room 1402 Spacious, clean and its location aft of the ship is simply ideal for staying out of the wind, a wind that can be ferocious at times on top deck. (Thanks Winston)
Dining Room: Noisy, but with so many guests it is understandable, we were fairly close to the entrance however (table 263), therefore lots of traffic close by. Our waiter (Romero)and Asst.waiter(Estevam) did a wonderful job, always with a smile. The food was excellent, well prepared and presented, simply delicious.
This is the ONLY COMPLAINT I have for this trip: If you are going to have a dress code PLEASE ENFORCE it. On our formal nights 95% of the guests would dress up or at least wear something nice, but they allowed some guests dressed in T-shirts, jeans, shorts and even pajama bottoms at the table close to us. Kind of ruined all formal evenings for us all. The kids aged 10 or so were also using the railings around their table as monkey bars. If you cant control your child at a formal dinner go to the Windjammer. Again if you are going to post a dress code for the dining room ENFORCE IT please.
Entertainment: I thought the performances at the Arcadia of their Award Winning Shows were well above average for the industry, We particularly loved the 70's Dance party on the Royal Promenade, I think 3,000 people loved the show as the street was totally crowded from one end to the other packed with people dancing away FANTASTIC!!! There was also an 80's Dance Party at Studio B one evening and the place was jammed packed in the stands and on the dance floor(they covered the ice skating surface for this event). This was followed by the game QUEST ( Adult version) One of the wackiest game show we attended, what a blast, full of laughter.
Pools and Pool decks: It was too crowded on sea days, the policy "No reserve of chairs" is simply an unmanageable policy. I have to say though that the H20 zone for the kids and the solarium for adults only makes it easy to decide where you want to be for the day.
Public Spaces: Despite the large number of guests on board, we could always find a place to seat our group and enjoy some great music no matter where we went and I think we hit all the bars, cafes and eateries.
Port of Calls: Labadee: One of my favorite Port of Calls. Our very own, private little place for guests of RCI has changed a lot in the several years since we had last been here. Fantastic job in cleaning the place up despite the ravaging Earthquake in Haiti a few years ago. Choices for beaches, activities and place to eat greatly improved and flow much better to get across every venues.