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1,398 Royal Caribbean First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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Annapobalto
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
24 helpful votes
This was the first cruise for my 17 year old daughter and myself. I would book it again in a heartbeat. In the past I would have never considered going on a ship with 2,000 strangers for 8 days. Well, never say never! We had a fantastic ... Read more
AGarlough
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my husband & I's first cruising experience. Beachbody had chartered the boat and we were excited for this unique trip! The ship is large - lots of entertainment - clean and beautiful. Lots of food choices (some for $, some ... Read more
patriot4657
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I am not going to give a lengthy review of what my experience was like. Instead, I will give the pros and cons as this was my very first cruise Pros: 1. Staff was very friendly (including the bartenders) I will give a list of crew ... Read more
aimsrock
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. The Jewel of the Seas was a smaller ship so not much to do on days at sea. The Cruise Director Dennis and Activities Director Enzo were hilarious and kept the crowd entertained. Our wait staff was one of the ... Read more
Missourigirl1
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My husband and I like to explore when we vacation so we were hesitant to take a cruise but we decided to try it for our 22nd wedding anniversary and we're so glad we did! (Our hotel stay at Days Inn the night before was horrendous. Do not ... Read more
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Kimbel5
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
This was our first cruise to celebrate both my wife's birthday and our anniversary. First, we spent some time reading the reviews of this ship and offerings and feel that the reviews are obviously sided to the perception of the reviewers. ... Read more
MammaCaps
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
FIRST TIME CRUISERS! Brilliance of the Seas. Balcony rooms. Timing of this cruise was crazy college spring break time but our family always got our 4 pool chairs on upper deck (early birds). We found so many things to do and really ... Read more
pattibartels@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my first cruise but I have been to seven all inclusives in the caribbean. I loved it! It's so fun to see a different island each day! The ship didn't impress me the way I thought it would. It was certainly nice but it didn't ... Read more
Luzdilaurahuertas
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This is my first cruise and I decided to bring my 7 year old daughter with me . So it's just the both of us. The first day I checked in and went to lunch we walked around all is fine then we go to our room which is very nice and ... Read more
jcollma
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We loved our cruise. We went to Nassau, Cococay, & Key West. Nassau we did the Queen's Staircase and a Booze Cruise. I recommend both. Stay away from Senior Frogs. Overpriced. Cococay we brought our own snorkel gear and swam ... Read more
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dhooppi
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We took a 15 night cruise from Santiago -> Buenos Aires with a family of 5. Pros: 1. Great itinerary even though we weren't able to make a few stops due to inclement weather. Chile has a long coastline and most parts south of ... Read more
shirley.denton@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my first cruise but had many friends and family who gave great advise, plus I read everything on this site I could read. My room stewart was exceptional. He worked around us and anticipated our every need. We loved our wait ... Read more
altur
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean, being a celebration of my 85th birthday. In all, some 27 persons were in our group. All but one of my offspring and family!. Altogether, we had 5 generations in our party. This trip was also ... Read more
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rmb7010
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I think about the time on the Serenade everyday since I have been back. It was one of the best times of my life. I would seriously never consider trying another cruise line for next time as I could only be disappointed. Royal Caribbean ... Read more
smackc4
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Being our first ever cruise, I had no idea HOW I would occupy 9 days - There was happily no problem however, as the provision of a good variety of entertainment was excellent, along with exceptional service from Alexander Gahol ... Read more
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Gdub888
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
First time cruisers with 7 year old boy. Arrived at Port, Portside parking made for an easy start. Baggage, check in, customs ect was much easier than expected, lots of people around! We had a junior suite so went straight to a suite ... Read more
Steelheader13
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
42 helpful votes
Got off the Enchantment of the Seas a few hours ago and we wanted to give our review while it was fresh, so here is the GOOD and the BAD. We are first time cruisers and we were told to keep our expectations very low, which we did, and it ... Read more
haleybutcher
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My mom, dad, and I all went on the Independence of the Seas in February. The ship was absolutely incredible! There are so many events and activities on board that you can't possibly do them all. My personal favorites include the rock wall, ... Read more
andersham
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were very excited to cruise on Royal Caribbean for the first time on one of the biggest ships with friends. We had been on other cruise lines in the past, we had excellent service ad experience so we were very excited. The check in ... Read more
Autobody911
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Hello, we enjoyed our cruise on Anthem of the Seas. It was a nice escape from a relatively dreary winter where I am from. I am from the mid-west. I work as a tech at a auto-body shop. We drove to new York, but didn’t go into the ... Read more
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mikegrip
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I feel like the ship is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. We have been on Adventure, Rhapsody, Oasis, and Liberty before Anthem, choosing it as it was the new ship. The ship itself is beautiful. Our stateroom was awesome along ... Read more
golfnut1089
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
113 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Having read all the January roll calls and reviews of Anthem Of The Seas cruises and the cruise from Hell (January Hurricane cruise), I hoped our cruise would have better. Let me start with Embarkation. I have read many reviews that stated ... Read more
AylaJ
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
This was a family vacation of 10. The best 7 days we had and the first time we all did not want a vacation to end. We highly recommend this ship and cruise (Allure of the Sea). From the room attendants to the wait staff. They knew your ... Read more
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nilsga
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Where to start... Royalcaribbean promote their ship experience as "premium", and "all inclusive", but neither is true. The food in the complemtary restaurants is mediocre, at best. And to not have soda included in ... Read more
harvestmeadow
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was a wonderful cruise for our first time cruise. The shows were great, the food was pretty good and the staff was excellent, with a couple exceptions. I would be here all day if I listed every thing we enjoyed so I think I will ... Read more
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