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1,409 Royal Caribbean First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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Jenypede
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
The cabins were as expected for a cruise ship. If you take advantage of the activities you won't spend much time there anyway. Getting on and off ship was excellent and quick. Food was amazing! You could use the buffet or dinner venue. ... Read more
Barb48
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We needed to leave and be back In time for our first grandchild to be born. Nassau was a little disappointing. Very touristy. We loved Cococay. The beach was beautiful, the mini straw ... Read more
51abesmith
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise ever. Before booking, we asked around. Carnival did not get a good review from our friends and others we knew. Royal Caribbean embarking and disembarking was efficient and flowed smoothly. The ship was always ... Read more
amkago2008
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my first cruise and I was pleasantly surprised. Embarkation was simple and there were plenty of staff to guide us in the right direction. It was me and my mom and we are both very afraid of water. Once we were on the boat, ... Read more
ThatGirlKay
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I'd like to recognize certain staff members on Freedom by name.  INygomi, our stateroom attendant was friendly and very accommodating to my mother's needs for like, 14 pillows (I swear he worked 24/7 he was ALWAYS there!). The servers ... Read more
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Geoffro-62
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our first ever cruise with any company and it has put me off any future sailing with RC. I went on board with an open mind after reading many poor reviews about this ship. Unfortunately, most negatives were confirmed. Too ... Read more
mrronn1206
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
What a wonderful experience we had on the Anthem of the Seas!! Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff!! The ship is very clean and beautiful. Check in was a breeze, and leaving on the final day was sad ( didn't want to leave) easy as ... Read more
davidsodapop
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I am a first time cruiser and have two small children. We are seasoned travelers with our children and were looking for adding something different to our European vacation and originally considered a river cruise, but opted for this cruise ... Read more
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
2 helpful votes
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
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teriaggie95
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
3 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
3 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
Tiffany1129
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 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
19 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
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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
25 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
yourfunny2
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 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
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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
12 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
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
11 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
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