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1,398 Royal Caribbean First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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dfsnow
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was my husband and I first time cruising. We had heard so many great things about cruising, so we decided to give it a try. .....Oh my!!...where to start... First...this is an old ship...carpets are stained...linen in the rooms ... Read more
SamuelClemens
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise, so we had nothing to compare it to. The unfortunate timing of the rough waters made it pretty much suck. Being the smallest ship, it rocked back and forth and up and down 24/7. Which ruined any excitement or ... Read more
teriaggie95
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
My mom and I took the Allure of the Seas as our very first cruise and were awe-struck by its size! The service was impeccable and the staff were all just amazing and friendly. I read another review on here and can't help but agree that ... Read more
Leste86
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far to get ... Read more
Sanlougov
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
1st cruise and I was not disappointed! Arrived at the port at around 10am and got parked up and checked in immediately. We only had a 30 minute wait in the terminal before we were called to embark. We were on the ship within an hour of ... Read more
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Tiffany1129
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected ... Read more
Shannon81
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
The ship was amazing. The staff members were terrific. The crown loft suite was fabulous. Grease and Columbus were wonderful. The food was good everywhere (we ate mostly in the Coastal Kitchen, but also tried the Hibachi, Sabors, Johnny ... Read more
bredawhelton
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
This was our first time Cruising and was really looking forward to it but was a bit disappointed to read the first reviews of this ship when it launched back in May BUT we need not have worried because to say this ship is AMAZING is an ... Read more
Mollyma
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
The Cruise was awesome. As a first cruiser we were 8 ladies and we enjoyed every bit of it. The restaurants/ the staff awesome. I do not have anything negative about our experience. The entertainment was fantastic. The food was delicious. ... Read more
lesliequantie
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
24 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. There were 14 in our group sailing together, with 3 of us sharing one stateroom. Definitely get a ocean balcony room. It made the room feel larger. We were on the 7th deck and we didn't feel much of the boat ... Read more
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yourfunny2
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise before, here ... Read more
Walshy96
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as first timers after a long time researching different options on here - this is a very helpful website by the way. The positives first. The food and service generally exceeded our expectations. The main dining room ... Read more
Oonaghsophie
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Hi I traveled with my teenager daughter , we wanted to experience some of the Caribbean, our cabin was on deck 10 , perfect for us , just below the pool , and a few floors away from the main restaurants , it wasn't noisy , food was great ... Read more
nasamonte
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Exceptional service! Crew members seem to genuinely enjoy their job and make the passengers feel like family. I was very impressed with Royal Caribbean's approach to cleanliness. Handrails, counter tops, etc. we're constantly being ... Read more
bkstover
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 forum posts
27 helpful votes
I chose for the price and the number of days. This was my first cruise so I didn't know if I'd love it or not. There were many concerns over this ship since all of the April sailings and all but 1 of the May sailings had been canceled due ... Read more
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bonniematthews
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This cruise was chosen for us but we would definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again. We would especially like to acknowledge our dining hall wait staff, Ken and Frankie. They not only offered outstanding service, but we felt they ... Read more
marcia3538
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was our first cruise, and we had the time of our lives! We met lots of friendly, wonderful people, created terrific memories and can't wait till we can cruise again some day! We can't recommend Royal Caribbean highly enough. The staff ... Read more
venu333
Member Since 2016
1 review
46 helpful votes
Hello everyone, We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in the royal Caribbean oasis of the seas. I have shot the best moments, ship and the islands we have visited and composed the below video. You will get a good glance about the ship ... Read more
cparkerson8@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress ... Read more
alvernon90
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
We decided that the best way to see Alaska was on a cruise ship doing a one way trip that included a stop at Hubbard Glacier. That led us to Royal Caribbean, and the price seemed acceptable even though we had heard warnings about the ... Read more
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blackspiral66
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
First time cruisers - early 40s, no kids. Went on an author themed cruise, booked through an agent recommended by a family member. Ship seemed to have a number of activities, but something just didn't seem themed right for the location ... Read more
rblawn
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
I am writing this to express my sincere disappointment in my recent cruise on Royal Caribbean Empress of the Sea. My wife and I sailed from June 2nd to June 6th for our one-year anniversary. This was my first time on a cruise ship and ... Read more
mjsavage
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and were told Royal Caribbean was the best to choose. We went on a 4 night cruise to Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West leaving from Miami. We chose this cruise because of the price and short to try cruising. The boat ... Read more
dbagleymom
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
18 helpful votes
Our large family of 7 cruised on the Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston with 14 additional family members as part of a graduation celebration cruise. (Yes, we all cool family t-shirts.) Judging by all of the pictures on facebook, it ... Read more
isaaceric
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Toilet overflowed. Toilet wouldn't flush Air conditioner didn't work and was very noisy and would wake us up. No ice cream the entire cruise so most deserts were unavailable Ice cream machine was broke most of the cruise ... Read more
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