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Eroshini
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We happen to choose RCL Allure of the seas as the date of the Cruise & the destinations suited our requirement. The embarkation was much smoother than one of our previous experiences from another cruise line from Baltimore MD where ... Read more
cruisinterps
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
My family (parents and 3 and 5 year olds) just returned from a 5 nighter on The Independence of the Seas to Labadee and Jamaica. Having read cruise critic extensively before we left, I have to agree with most of the reviews you see here, ... Read more
rubenviva
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
We booked a cruise on RC because our relatives from another country wanted to try it. I was afraid of the size and the reputation of this ship and I was right! The stateroom still had socks under the bed from the prior habitants! The ... Read more
imlatman5
Member Since 2017
1 review
The Cruise Ship, the Crew, the Shows and the overall experience was incredible. However, it was our first time and we were not prepared for all the "extra" costs, the on-board infomercials, and the "misleading" of what ... Read more
Rengbrandt
Member Since 2017
1 review
Not sure if this is an American phenomenon, but if I pay for an all inclusive vacation, and spend a fair amount of money for me and my family, I would expect that the price of the drinks and wine in the bars and restaurants, is the price ... Read more
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CPABill
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
Of our 25 cruises, about half have been on RCL. We usually travel as a group of 2 or 4. This time, we brought 8 family members, and found that RCL was not well equipped to handle a group of that size. Restaurant reservations were a ... Read more
altarrose
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
160 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My family and I are avid cruisers. We live across the country from each other and this Christmas decided to meet up by doing a big family cruise trip. My husband and I primarily cruise with NCL while my parents are prone to RCL. For this ... Read more
firsttimecruiser8383
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Freedom of the Seas was the first cruise we had ever taken. We have little to compare it to so keep that in mind when reading this review. If you have already chosen Royal Caribbean for your next cruise, you may want to read on to see how ... Read more
FamiLynn
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We wanted to do our first family cruise as a Christmas present for our family of four. We didn't know enough to beware of a small ship- nor that there are some built before stabilizers were added. Lesson learned. I am taking Meclizine (the ... Read more
sortalizlemon
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
This was our second RCCL cruise - first on Allure its inaugural season, and this time on the Harmony. Without question, it is a beautiful ship. The shows were fantastic: the stage shows were energetic and the cast members talented, ... Read more
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tommagee65
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Harmony is a great ship. They fixed issues from the Allure and Oasis. Easy to get around and find everything. Embarkation was fast and easy. Windjammer lunch was easy as it appears roomier than the other Oasis ships. Rooms ready on ... Read more
Cupidlove01
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We were highly skeptical of going on a cruise. So glad we did it anyways! We went to Cozumel and were planned for Costa Maya, but ended up not getting to go to Costa Maya, because of the storms. Excursion: We booked a Monster ... Read more
wendyfriend
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
We took our adult sons (age 19 and 24) and the 4 of us had a great time! I saw many reviews that said the ship looked old and the bathrooms smelled like sewage. We experienced none of that! The ship was in great shape. Spoke to a couple ... Read more
Computer Man
Member Since 2015
1 review
20 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
Ports where what we expected.Went on one ship excursion to a beach in Curacau, and set up a fun one with Sonny Tours in Aruba. Sonny went off the tour several times to show us additional areas. Fun shows most nights. The ships shows ... Read more
fortheloveofthetraveler
Member Since 2017
1 review
My mother had been on the Oasis and had a wonderful time and she raved over the service.The Allure highly disappointed us all. So we chose the Allure for the ports it was going to. Needless to say Mother nature did not let us in to Haiti ... Read more
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Shelb75
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
This was the second Royal Cruise we have taken and even took out Daughter with us on this one thinking it would be as good as the last cruise. We were disgusted with food in the Windjammer, lacked activities unlike last cruise, need to ... Read more
gonnaflyaway
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
116 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Cabin - good, some fuel smell, esp. on port days Food - MDR - good but the same selection as other RC cruises, I just kept trying new things; WJ - rarely ate there but hubby did and liked it every day. They had many international ... Read more
rundrun
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
It was our first time on the Grandeur of the Seas and it has a lot to offer. We left Baltimore and cruised for 3 days before encountering the first of the 4 US Virgin Islands. The food in the Great Gatsby dining room was exceptional and ... Read more
EnsignNemo214
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We were on the Anthem of the Seas, and it was enormous fun. Plenty to do and see along the way. The Pluses: The free coffee has vastly improved since our last cruise in 2015. It's now very good, as opposed to the mud we had to force ... Read more
DavidinShaker
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our 2nd cruise aboard Anthem & our longest itinerary of our cruising career. The ship, staff & ports of call were all great. We lucked out with amazing weather. The Bayonne port experience is very good. We flew in the ... Read more
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border121
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
first I have to qualify this review by the following - first time cruiser - Travelling with teenagers (15 and 17) With that being said this cruise was the best family vacation we have ever taken. I have not critiques for RCI, the ... Read more
Gustavus Adolphus
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This cruise fit in with everyone's schedule, we had never been to this part of the Caribbean, and it was the right length aboard a large vessel we had never sailed before. It looked perfect on paper and turned out to be just that. We ... Read more
Ashlauren
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was our first cruise so I cannot compare it with other cruises but overall we had a good experience. Our youngest child had difficulty going to the kids club and the staff did not have much patience for him, so at times it was ... Read more
toothfairy3boys
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I had read MANY reviews prior to going on this ship and I can honestly say that there is not one thing to complain about. We left out of Bayonne, NJ. We drove there and were pleasantly surprised to find they had a COVERED parking ... Read more
NicNac4498
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
334 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Just a few random thoughts about the Anthem of the Seas. Overall she is a beautiful ship with something for everyone. Embarkation and Disembarkation were the quickest I have experienced in 20+ cruises. Food: Sorrento's Pizza ... Read more
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