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1,398 Royal Caribbean First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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luluguiness72
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
12 helpful votes
I booked a cruise with my three young daughters for the four of us as a family holiday. Their first cruise and my second. This ship had been recommended by my dad who had been on it the year before. Positives : Pools, shows were ... Read more
CATHAIRSAREFREE
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. A gift for my 60th birthday. i was dissappointed. Guests as well as experienced staff were frustrated with under trained newer staff. Cruise food is supposed to be terrific,,,, craved meats were overcooked and ... Read more
JuanitaRogers
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
My husband and I are from California and flew to Miami, Fl in order to board this ship. We had a lot of bad things happen in our lives and decided a vacation was much needed so we planned to go on this cruise and we planned for 6 months; ... Read more
jroberge54@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Me and my wife and her 2 kids were hoping to enjoy fully our first EVER cruise. We choose this cruise so we wouldn't have to get the boys out of school, so we choose to wait until they finish school. But by doing so, the choice of ... Read more
Bookworm66
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it with. Overall, it was okay. Not spectacular, not awful. The water was thankfully smooth, the weather cool. We had a cabin on deck 2 in the center and it was very quiet and we barely ... Read more
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rocko1
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
23 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise. What appealed to us was the mix of days at sea, together with the variety of ports. We also did not want one of the very large ships. Embarkation went very smoothly, getting on around 11.30 in the ... Read more
Kagm
Member Since 2016
1 review
Wanted to go for longer than a week. Also had never been in Venice Greece or Turkey thought this would be a good cruise. We were celebrating a special occasion and thought because of all the add on's we had everything covered and would ... Read more
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tallpaul86
Member Since 2016
1 review
57 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Background information This was me and my girlfriends first cruise together and we were majorly excited for this, mainly as this was my 30th Birthday as well so we hoped this would be a special holiday/vacation and for 95% of the time ... Read more
cindy@voconnect.co.za
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Never again! But thats just me. To pay top dollar to spend 7 nights in a shoebox with no windows is not my idea of fun. It seemed to me it was a feeding frenzy for overweight people and pensioners. Too little time at the stops and a ... Read more
LainieLady
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ... Read more
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gardengirl0830
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had a fantastic time aboard Rhapsody of the Seas!! Embarking from Barcelona, Spain, with ports in Ajaccio, Corsica, Napoli, Sicily (Messina), Valletta, Malta, Montenegro (Kotor), Ravenna and last but not least...Venice!! Everyone ... Read more
namradyw@sbcglobal.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was my 1st time cruising w/Royal Caribbean & may be my last. We went on this ship because we had family from Atlanta going & they had been on this ship several times. They love it. We were told several times & from several ... Read more
lottathought
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
21 helpful votes
We are a family of 4...to include a 13 y/o and a 4 y/o. This was our first cruise but every member in my family is already looking forward to the next cruise and trying to decide where we should go. It was not perfect...but honestly, ... Read more
coreyswife7701
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This is our first time cruising. It was just me (34) and my husband (35). We have 3 kids but left them AT HOME for this long awaited short getaway. We drove down from North Georgia and stayed at the Country Inn and Suites-Seffner. It ... Read more
Chandra76
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Our cabin was nice and roomy, however, the shower was way too small especially for my 6'4 husband. I had read reviews about the shower curtain sticking to you but I had no idea of how hard it would be until we arrived. I even brought clips ... Read more
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Yostefee
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Book another boat!! This one is smelly and moldy. The sewer backs up and makes the boat smell plus the mildew odor in certain parts (even the dining area) is unbearable. I don't think I have had worse food anywhere else. It was not edible. ... Read more
Garziegirl
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My husband and I took our first cruise on Liberty of the Seas and not knowing what to expect we were pleasantly surprised and Royal Carribean set the bar high. First for the good things: food in Windjammer was good. Always crowded but ... Read more
griley7071
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
This was our first cruise so we did not know what to expect. We stayed at the Bay HArbour hotel the night before departure. It was very nice and had a great restaurant on site. We took the shuttle to the port and was able to board ... Read more
Graham 1964
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My wife and I travelled on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Pacific Cruise between 21 March 2016 to 30 March 2016. We both considered the Cruise as the holiday of a lifetime. We were lucky to have a spacious Ocean view Suite ... Read more
belinda5d
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Hubby, 3 kids (3, 8 and 9) and I had a great time. We were on deck 2 with no balcony (at our request) and it was perfect. We had interconnecting rooms, which the door between could be left open. When you shut the door, you couldn't hear ... Read more
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Irish Madge
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
We are a family of 4 with two young children. Overall I scored the cruise a 3/5. Here are the top pros/cons: 1. Food - good and bad. The buffet made it easy to feed the children reasonably healthy food. For the adults I found the food ... Read more
Emilykate20
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and I really enjoyed it! I'm 20 years old. I travelled with my grandparents, parents and brothers (14, 13 and 5) and there was always something to do that we enjoyed. My brothers loved all the outdoor ... Read more
Nan288
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My family had a wonderful time on this cruise. Never having been on one before, we did not know what to expect. We had heard good stories and horror stories from some of our friends who took cruises on other cruise lines. However, Royal ... Read more
KennyM
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Reading some of the other reviews for this cruise makes me wonder if we were all on the same ship? But everyone has their own expectations and I know it's not cool to refer to other reviews, so I'll refrain from doing so. I've cruised ... Read more
Andyinmacksville
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have recently returned from a 12 night South Pacific & Fiji cruise aboard Voyager of the Seas. I had read some negative reviews here but can say I have no idea how they managed to complain about this magnificent ship. I guess you ... Read more
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