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5,799 Royal Caribbean Family Cruise Reviews

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dsky227@comcast.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed two weeks ago
The timing was right for us.... right between summer jobs and school. We traveled our first cruise with our two children/young adults (2 boys ages 20 and 17). We shared a cabin that included 4 twin beds. Two beds folded down from the ... Read more
Ageller81
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
This is my 5th cruise on Royal Caribbean. I was very nervous given all the negative reviews that I read on here, but I couldn't have had a better vacation. Was everything perfect? No. But the minor annoyances I encountered did not ruin ... Read more
truongdinhqui@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed two weeks ago
- Very smooth embarkation and disembarkation. - Excellent service staffs at every station, especially housekeeping and waiters. 10/10 ! - Good selection at buffet for breakfast, lunch, afternoon and late night. - Very good bakery ... Read more
sbernstei1
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is a great ship for a lot of things to do on board. My focus is generally positive because there are a lot of great qualities about the ship. Here were some of my favorites: People - Staff was helpful and really good. These ... Read more
Smith351
Member Since 2016
1 review
The Empress of the Seas is a smaller ship, but my wife, 2 adult daughters, and myself had a fantastic experience on this 5 night cruise. The entertainment was great, the food was 5 star. The dining room had 2 sittings 6PM & 8:30PM, and ... Read more

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elet3
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Timing of the cruise is convenient for us all. Embarkation and Disembarkation was smooth. But sometimes the lines were long. The ship was small compared to others but the service was exceptional. We very much appreciate the ... Read more
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Gajano
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Small ship with a Big Heart. Sometimes small ships give you a better experience, enjoying all the entertainment and activities, without getting lost. The Empress of the Seas is a perfect example. Lots of fun and tons of activities. ... Read more
baileymouse
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
238 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I chose this cruise as an introductory cruise for my daughter. She and my husband had never cruised before. Embarkation went smoothly. I've cruised out of Port Everglades and it was a bit of a pain. We sailed through here pretty ... Read more
Traveling Forever
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
The Empress of the Seas was clean and in good condition. The style of the vessel was elegant and you could tell that it had been updated recently. The decorations were tasteful and very appropriate for a cruise ship. However, the highlight ... Read more
windsor1104
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We always sale Royal Caribbean. You cannot beat the level of service that you receive. We have learned that it is not about the port of calls that you go to. It's truly about the ship and the staff that make a cruise worth spending the ... Read more

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rfelice
Member Since 2016
1 review
Excellent Cruise - overall. Problem (like many other cruises) is a lot of music, drinking and dancing. They forget to provide entertainment in other areas: a) Arcade: Only 8 to 10 games, over-priced and not fun. If the idea is not ... Read more
heard2006@btinternet.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our ninth cruise, but this was the first time we have been on a Royal Caribbean cruise and we choose it as we had been told, there is more for the 18-25 year old group. Although aspects of the cruise were excellent, we will go ... Read more
Olivine84
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
My in laws have been taking more cruises than i can count. They have been very satisfied with the service they have received. After my second cruise I'm hooked. You couldn't have a better vacation than knowing where you can lay your head ... Read more
jthomas53@hvc.rr.com
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We will never sail on Royal Caribbean again. This was our 45th cruise and we have sailed on Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian and Holland America. We have never had an experience like we did on Freedom of the Seas. We have sailed on Royal ... Read more
mozart!!
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We were six family members from Florida and Texas traveling to celebrate an anniversary. The ship exceeded my expectations on size, amenities, service,and food quality. Embarkation, get there early, and disembarkation went smoothly. The ... Read more

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GirlGoneTexan
Member Since 2016
1 review
46 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We travelled with our family of 4 (kids ages 7,10) and another family of 4 with kids the same age. Arrived at port around 9:45am, breezed through lines, and we were on the ship eating in Windjammer by 11:30am. We loved our Promenade ... Read more
Shygal122
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to celebrate our son's 16th birthday with the intention of having a nice, relaxing vacation and that we had! The embarkation and debarkation was very smooth and effortlessly... The ship is beautiful with plenty ... Read more
fishgod
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We just came back from our 7 night (Labadee, Falmouth, Georgetown and Cozumel)cruise on the Freedom of the seas and we finally understand why there are more frequent negative reviews about this ship. We are loyal to Royal Caribbean, ... Read more
MrsHall1108
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my husband and my 3rd cruise. We've previously been on the Oasis and the Freedom. We by far prefer the Freedom class ships. The Liberty was amazing - probably our most favorite ship so far. Really the only negative we had was ... Read more
TheBird83
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I will preface this review by stating that the ship is beautiful, the service was excellent, and the food onboard was probably the best I have ever seen on Royal Caribbean (We have cruised with RCL 10+ times). There were a lot of ... Read more

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pdeprins
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Let's do the good to bad game. EXCELLENT: the ship is an engineering marvel, and your jaws will drop the moment you set foot at the ship. It's like stepping into a DreamWorks movie. Choice of food in the main dining rooms is ... Read more
lgh34609
Member Since 2015
1 review
68 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was a cruise to celebrate my 50th, took Adventure because of the itinerary with some islands we haven't been to before. Didn't have hot water for 1st 3 days, after getting hot water it was to hot because now we didn't have any cold ... Read more
dude_hdt
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
242 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Being from Houston, we're used to the convenience being 30 minutes from the port of Galveston. However, destinations and ship choices from there are rather limited. Thus we accepted extra airline travel and decided on Oasis of the Seas ... Read more
dzTexas
Member Since 2008
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise for some time with our grandchildren and children. The grandkids spent time at the pool, rock climbing wall and playing shuffleboard. We dined at Chops specialty restaurant and the buffet as well as the dining room. We ... Read more
JayHay
Member Since 2016
1 review
The best way I can summarize this is by comparing the cruise lines to fast food joints. If Carnival is the McDonald's of the seas, then RC's Grandeur of the Seas is Wendy's. By a hair. Not even a Panera. A Wendy's. The good: The ... Read more

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