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1,408 Royal Caribbean First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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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
17 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
10 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
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
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mjsavage
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 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
19 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
luluguiness72
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
13 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
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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
rocko1
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
24 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
60 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
2 reviews
5 forum posts
7 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
gardengirl0830
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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
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lottathought
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 forum posts
23 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
11 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
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
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