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5,944 Royal Caribbean Family Cruise Reviews

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931
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484
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Buzzy55
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed two weeks ago
I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines and this was the best.. The food, entertainment, friendliness of the staff.. Everyone just made me feel pampered and special every day. The entertainment was like Broadway.. I ... Read more
haroldriv
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I was looking for a great deal in a cruise for me and my family. Empress of The Seas is a Great option. The value for the money was great. The best thing was the food and the all the staff. They are very nice and exceed your ... Read more
angelrod
Member Since 2016
1 review
To put it in a few words, this is a small ship with a very big heart all thanks to its amazing crew. My family and I have taken 10 cruises, including this one, and for the very first time in a long time we felt so welcomed by the entire ... Read more
cruiselady66
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
364 forum posts
From the start at embarkation to the disembarkation our cruise was great. Our cabin attendant was excellent. "Saturday Night Fever Musical" was lively and entertaining. The dining room staff were quick and attentive. The ... Read more
--Hooked on Cruzin Pa
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend ... Read more

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Tucker in Texas
Member Since 2005
8 reviews
4,950 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
Cabin Plenty of storage. We put the coffee table in the closet to open up space and not worry about tripping over it to and from the bathroom at night. I brought hangers with me as they never have enough to hang all I want to hang. ... Read more
ExFed drvr
Member Since 2012
1 review
549 forum posts
Sailed two weeks ago
Always wanted to cruise this big ship. The ship was very big so everyone was spread out. We only ate in the MDR one night, ate at Chops, Sabor(mexican) and buffet the rest of the time. We have good food and service at Windjammer because we ... Read more
GoodWitch1964
Member Since 2016
1 review
Well we just returned from our 9/10/16 departure from San Juan Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas cruise,,,it was the most disappointing cruise I've ever taken...until this cruise, we have ALWAYS bragged on Royal Caribbean, but no ... Read more
poudrerie
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
We chose this ship because we had loved it in 2012, but this time, we were not impressed. The mattresses in our cabin were caving in and very uncomfortable, there were stains on the carpet, holes in the curtains. It seemed like the ... Read more
mansf0912
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
SHIP: the ship is stunning and VERY clean. In fact, our rooms alone were cleaned at least twice a day. The pools are constantly being sanitized as well. One is saltwater. The other is regular with chlorine. There is lots to look at. The ... Read more

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csk47
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
75 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We have about 20 cruises on Royal Caribbean and are Diamond members. This was our fourth cruise on Voyager class ships including the Majesty, Monarch, etc.plus we have been on the Oasis, Allure and Freedom..to name a few. It is sad to ... Read more
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jessicas mom
Member Since 2010
1 review
322 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
We loved our 9-night New England/Canada cruise on the Anthem, which is a beautiful ship. Embarkation day was challenging, due to crowds and some issues with check-in and our cabin (tv, safe, and remote for virtual balcony all ... Read more
Willymoon
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
We had a great time on this ship and had lots of fun. I didn't like the idea of making reservations for all of our meals and shows. The cruise director was great and all of the shows were great. The best restrauant to eat at was the Grand. ... Read more
askjojo
Member Since 2011
1 review
48 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I have sailed on many cruise lines, including Rccl, and believed that since this ship was older and smaller, the experience would below what I would come to expect from Rccl. THAT WAS FAR FROM THE TRUTH. Empress surpassed my expectations, ... Read more
CC5
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Everyone was exceptional at providing an environment of feeling pampered and safe aboard a beautiful ship amid beautiful waters. Loved it! The Empress of the Seas is truly the heart of the ocean! The ship and staff exceeded my expectations ... Read more
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gdouyon
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
Royal Caribbean came highly recommended by family members and friends. It was my birthday celebration and the staff made it very special. I am planning to celebrate my husband's birthday in March on one of Royal Caribbean's ships. It ... Read more
tigana75
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I had booked this cruise before the ship was built and was regretting it based on the negative reviews. But, I have to say, while SOME of the negative points were well founded, I did have a really nice vacation. Here's my experience (as ... Read more
Terre
Member Since 2001
15 reviews
4,467 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Freedom of the Seas September 4—11, 2016 Category E2, Deluxe Ocean View State Room with Hump Balcony 34th Cruise, 6th with Royal Caribbean Western Itinerary: Grand Cayman, Labadee, Falmouth, Cozumel Captain: Toni ... Read more
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tayabur021
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Well, only couple years ago there were several Royal Caribbean ships in the cruise critic top 10 list. Now, there is none. And there is a reason for it. The first thing I noticed after boarding this ship, Royal Caribbean is trying to cut ... Read more
Helena UK
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We picked this cruise primarily because of the ports of call but also because we had sailed on this ship before and enjoyed it. Generally a really great cruise, good ports ( although we were a little disappointed with Jamacia), Grand ... Read more

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All4114All
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
in favor: - great ship, - buffet with good food, a la carte restaurants recommended (main dining room) - plenty of entertainment, - shows with superior quality, - cabin quality, - ship stability, - in the ports, easy ... Read more
extremelyunderwhelmed
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We were very excited about this cruise and looked forward to trying RCI this time..We researched the ship and looked at reviews. Over all the ship layout was good. The food was possibly the worst thing I have ever experience anywhere. The ... Read more
nanadm
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
130 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise specifically for the ship. We have heard such great things about this ship, and the pictures posted by other cruisers were so impressive, we waned to experience it ourselves. Embarkation was very quick and smooth. ... Read more
Wilsonsmama224
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Cabin #9376 This cabin was in the aft of the ship. It is an "adjoining room". We could hear our neighbors next door quite clearly so next time we cruise, we are making sure our room adjoins no one. Our room was very well kept. ... Read more
TheQualified1
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I will never travel RCI again!!! After traveling with Carnival for years (15 cruises) and a few other cruise lines, my family decided to try RCI. Don't get me wrong, Anthem of the Seas ship is BEAUTIFUL...however, once you get pass the ... Read more

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