I will start with a little background of us. This was our fifth cruise , we cruised Carnival 3 times , Celebrity once and RCL for this time ! We flew into West Palm beach , stayed there one night at the Hilton Singer Island which was pretty nice!
Then drove to Orlando for 3 night by bidding on Hotwire for 75 $ a night we got to stay at the Sherraton Vistana Villages !
Embarkation : We departed for the port at about 10 because we wanted to be there for 11:30. We rented a car via Budget and needed to go return it. This was a nightmare , we waited about 30-45 minutes to be help at the desk then we had to wait in line for the shuttle all in all it took about 1 hours and a half. Arriving at the port there was a line up outside but it went pretty quickly , we were on the boat in an hour which isn't so bad. the staterooms were already ready. We went up to eat at Windjammer which was pretty crowded.
Ship : The ship was very big and it felt crowded at the peak hours but not bad. Long wait for elevators sometimes. The ship looked a little tired in some areas.The new additions were useful. The interactive boards were everywhere and nice to have info about anything. The big screen also , but i found that they didn't use it very much .. Cupcake place we didn't use.
Stateroom : We had two stateroom , we had the Ben and Jerry stateroom ( 6305 ) and the connecting cabin 6307. The rooms were small compare to the rooms we had previously with the other cruise lines , but i know that the promenade staterooms are smaller than the others. The view from the room 6305 wasn't really that obstructed. It was nice to watch people walk on the promenade and to watch the parades .. By having the Ben and Jerry we had some perks , we had 14 free ice cream for the week , we also had a concierge club card to go to the lounge for free drinks (5 to 8 pm).
Dining : The Windjammer had a very good selection of everything , the food was good and the staff was helpful.The main dining room service was very good , we had Glenn and Jeroldine , they were the best waiters. The food was good but not the best Ive seen on a ship. Promenade cafe was nice and Sorrento's also.
I will compare CCL and RCL for dining -
BUFFET - RCL was better
DINING ROOM - I liked CCL better , the desert were better on CCL and also the main dishes.
Entertainment : The best Ive seen on a ship. The Dreamworks parades were great. We saw all shows except the Once Upon A Time. Ice show is clearly a thing to see and also Drew Thomas show also. He was as good as David Coperfield show i got to see in Las Vegas.Also the street party was awesome. The Under the stars party was full of people and very fun. The quest game was also funny. I missed the punchline comedy club of CCL.
Shows - RCL WINS HANDS DOWN
Labadee : It was very hot that day , the beach was beautiful , we relaxed and went in the inflated toys which was pretty hard to do .. NOT for children anyways. The buffet on the island was good and had a great selection.
Falmouth : In the morning it was a bit rainy but it cleared later on. We went off the ship and walk in the new port and a guard came and said that we cant cross the street we found that pretty weird and a couples a minutes after Prince Harry arrived in a Land Rover , it was pretty cool. We were 5 feet from him. After , we went in the little town of Falmouth , it was cool and we walked there for an hour. We felt safe. We went to eat on the ship and then took a taxi to Montego Bay. We walked downtown and got to see a bit more of Jamaica ! The new port is very pretty and all done.
Grand Cayman : We took a taxi to Seven mile beach and stayed there for the day.
Cozumel : We took a taxi to downtown because we were docked at the international pier. After, we went to Plantacar beach i think , not sure if its called that way but it was beautiful. The fishes were swimming everywhere , musician were signing music and going to every table. Water was beautiful. We rented a kayak.
Wine package : You could only get the wine in the windjammer but you had to sit at a table and wait to be served or at the dining room. CLL you could have it in any bar which was very easy. We had a package of 10 and ended up having 13. We asked our waiter and telling her that we are sure that there was no bottle but she was insisting so i guess we got a bonus.
So , i will cruise again on RCL , but will also go on CCL again ,there wasn't a big difference. They are very similar to each other. The main thing is to have fun and we had lots of fun !