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202 Bahamas Fitness Cruise Reviews

Our family chose this cruise because of the Royal Caribbean dinning staff will make you feel like royalty. The Majesty of the seas is an older ship but a very solid ship with all needed amenities. The cabins are spacious enough for ... Read More
Our family chose this cruise because of the Royal Caribbean dinning staff will make you feel like royalty. The Majesty of the seas is an older ship but a very solid ship with all needed amenities. The cabins are spacious enough for couples. You must take advantage of the on board nightly activities ( ie; comedy, musicals and movies ). I was not impressed with the Bahamas due to all of the vendors trying to sell there merchandise as you walked down the streets after getting off of the ship. Would be nice if Royal Caribbean could educate the passengers on the best shopping on the island. We mostly enjoyed the private island owned by Royal Caribbean, could spend two days at this location and skip the Bahamas. The most important statement I would like to make to Royal Caribbean is to keep the staff ( Phillipene ) you you currently have, they are the most patient people we have ever met. This will keep our group coming back for years to come. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was my second cruise I have been on, the sunshine was awesome I loved the people that worked on it they made everything fun,the food was amazing way better than my first cruise. I had the best time of my life on this cruise I swear I ... Read More
This was my second cruise I have been on, the sunshine was awesome I loved the people that worked on it they made everything fun,the food was amazing way better than my first cruise. I had the best time of my life on this cruise I swear I did not want to get off. Matter of fact my cousin and I are coming back on the sunshine in October with other family members who have not been on a cruise before so I hope and pray we have as much fun as we did when we went in may. I can not wait to get back on the sunshine. I loved the games they played with the music. The club on the boat was very very fun. The drinks were amazing the kiss on the lips is the best yet. I recommend the carnival sunshine to anyone so I hope it is the same when we get back on in October. : ) Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We went on this cruise to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Adult kids stayed in a an inner room. Absolute friendliest cruise ship we were ever on! Activities Director is complete energy; hence her name Tornado Tanya. The Captain ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Adult kids stayed in a an inner room. Absolute friendliest cruise ship we were ever on! Activities Director is complete energy; hence her name Tornado Tanya. The Captain hung with us common folk at times. The Devils Isle kayaking/snorkeling/paddle-boarding excursion in Bermuda is worth it; funny energetic leaders that serve as bar tenders and inhibition reducers. They had " Rockie-Okie" where you could sing with a band, great way to serenade the Mrs of 30 years. If you like classical music with a twist, listen to Blue Ocean duo; Viola and "Spanish" guitar were heavenly. We were spoiled because the America's Cup is now in Bermuda and we got to see them in practice; TV does NOT do them justice. Balconies are worth it; always splurge for those! First time out of Baltimore and it was get in and onboard and off really quickly; you literally on I95 at your first right turn. Fitness area is smaller but the Trainer was extremely "peppy"; always motivating music! Get the drink package! The whole family loves to eat; we sat with two couples that loved to eat as well. Food was incredible as usual. Soups and steaks seem to be a specialties. Would absolutely go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
It was my first time taking a cruise and I had very high expectations from the review I received asking around about Royal Caribbean. As Hotel Managers in Miami, my friends and I had high hopes. The Check-In process to the boat was very ... Read More
It was my first time taking a cruise and I had very high expectations from the review I received asking around about Royal Caribbean. As Hotel Managers in Miami, my friends and I had high hopes. The Check-In process to the boat was very quick and simple. The stateroom was ready before expected and our luggage was there no much after, which is very convenient. After we got settled in the stateroom, we went to the dining room to eat. There were no tables available and it was annoying having to search for tables which was taking away from spending time on the deck. The dining room food remained the same throughout the entire cruise and there was not much variety. Other key points about the ship was the dinner at the actual restaurant which had really great service with servers such as Domingos and Alpesh who made sure we enjoyed our food. Also, the bartender Jefferson was funny and welcoming, he made sure to place a smile on all the guests. Unfortunately, not everything on the cruise was great, the shower water took a long time to get hot or it never did. The first night the AC in the room did not work and we had to ask an engineer to come fix it while we were all trying to sleep. On the last night, our room was not serviced until 2AM in the morning, we called several times down to the Guest Services and every time we received a different response and could not sleep until almost 3AM. After we told the room attendant to switch our bed sheets, we went back to the room to still dirty bed sheets and since we had to rest to get back to Miami the next morning we could not do much about it at that point. Looking to have a better experience next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Just always have overall great experience with Royal Cabberian love the staff & great food & entertainment. Shore trips are always on time. The cruise line is always concerned about our safety. Food choices are wonderful. Love the ... Read More
Just always have overall great experience with Royal Cabberian love the staff & great food & entertainment. Shore trips are always on time. The cruise line is always concerned about our safety. Food choices are wonderful. Love the healthy life style meals. Fitness center is Awersome . Just need some better weights. Otherwise great. The cabin had great space. Always had enough towels & other needed products . We had great activities . Service was the best as always. Love the variety of deserts. Would like to see more seafood dinners. I would recommend Royal Cabbreian to anybody. The ports & shore excursions are Awersome.. The island had great bbq & great dancing music. Very clean & love the shopping.The boats taking us back & fourth were always on time..I would always recommend Royal Cabberian to anyone. They always have the best staff room service & food. So book you cruise they always have great deal.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Reviews from other family and friends had told us that this was one of the best cruise ships. And my husband found it to be very nice so much so we are sorry that we did not take advantage of the promotion where you pay $250. and Norwegian ... Read More
Reviews from other family and friends had told us that this was one of the best cruise ships. And my husband found it to be very nice so much so we are sorry that we did not take advantage of the promotion where you pay $250. and Norwegian cruise line add $500. and it is good for six years toward your next cruise. We love relaxing on the ship. I went to 2 comedy shows loved them. I went to an art auction I found that to be very interesting and exciting. White night was a lot of fun. Also we went on a tour in Nassau it was interesting. The whole cruise was great. Over all we had a great time great food and drinks oh and let me not forget the dancing. The staff was really nice and serve with a smile. If I was to complain about any thing it would be that I ordered water on line for our room and we did not receive it and we drank 2 or three bottles that was in the room and got charged $13. personally I thought that was rather high for water. Other than that we have no complaints. And this was my husband first cruise and we both hope to take another one however we want to go someplace different. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is a great little spring break get away that is affordable however ship is starting to show some wear service and food and entertainment was great and ship was very clean also I have a eating handicap and they took care of my needs ... Read More
This is a great little spring break get away that is affordable however ship is starting to show some wear service and food and entertainment was great and ship was very clean also I have a eating handicap and they took care of my needs for me and treated me with great respect I would highly recommend RCCL to anyone looking for a great family oriented cruise. There were four of us two in our 50's and one 18, and one 19 year old we had a inside cabin on deck eight had plenty of room with the quad bedding shower is a little tight but are not big people so no problem for us. We are not crazy about the Bahamas but it is ok we would rather have two stops at Coco Cay but it is ok would still recommend this cruise that is just a personal thing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This Ship was lovely in every way.!!!! Luxury and Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Truly something for everyone, at any age...(I'm a senior with a young attitude!) The activities/amenities were great!!!.... The fantastic Northstar which takes ... Read More
This Ship was lovely in every way.!!!! Luxury and Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Truly something for everyone, at any age...(I'm a senior with a young attitude!) The activities/amenities were great!!!.... The fantastic Northstar which takes you up to a once in a life time trip in the sky... The wall climbing...Then the surf/boogie board Flow rider...Flights in air too...but make reservations early!!! Lots of things for kids...of all ages...like the bumper cars and being in a "Thriller" Michael Jackson dance! This ship was wonderful for families, but had great "spaces" for adults only....Loved, loved the solarium with pool upon wading pool and two hot tubs ...besides of course the other indoor & outdoor pools/hot whirlpool tubs!! A variety of live music also...Shows...all the regular stuff too....Everything I did was delightful...Mmmm except a bit of problem with disembarking...But truly had a great time! I went with friends, but want this to be a family reunion event! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We like to travel out of New York or New Jersey since we reside locally and prefer it to flying somewhere else. Went on last Norwegian Cruise on Breakaway, to Bermuda. We loved the experience and the Thermal Spa. We decided to go in a ... Read More
We like to travel out of New York or New Jersey since we reside locally and prefer it to flying somewhere else. Went on last Norwegian Cruise on Breakaway, to Bermuda. We loved the experience and the Thermal Spa. We decided to go in a Haven Suite this time, and the experience far exceeded our expectations. When on the ship, we spend a good amount of time in the spa or the gym, and there was a short cut between the Haven Suites and the Spa/Gym, which share the same area. Although our specialty restaurant experience was good, the food in the Haven Restaurant was great, and we had almost exclusive access to it, whenever we chose to go, without much distance to go. It was "in your face" service, which exceeded anything we've experienced before. We had an option to have spa services, exclusively in the Haven area, but, chose to still have them in the spa since we've gotten familiar with the services there and have become comfortable in that setting. Staff just couldn't seem to do enough to provide impressive service. Truly impressive. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We traveled with my wife and 1 year and 6 months old son, we booked a superior ocean view stateroom with balcony, which was beautiful and very comfortable. Anthem of the seas is awesome. sophisticated areas for everybody. the services ... Read More
We traveled with my wife and 1 year and 6 months old son, we booked a superior ocean view stateroom with balcony, which was beautiful and very comfortable. Anthem of the seas is awesome. sophisticated areas for everybody. the services throughout the ships was outstanding, especially staff from our main dinner, waiters, bartender from Boleros bar and our cabin attendant. Activities inside the cruise wonderful, musicians and comedians were great. we took the internet and beverages premium package and was the best. The only negative for us was the food at the main buffet on level 14, was almost the same food every day for 7 days. We did have a great time on this vacation and was very fun and relax. our embarkation and disembarkation was super easy and not complaints, we did have to wait in a line but they kept it moving. Royal Caribbean has done an amazing job with the new online check-in process. Thanks again Royal Caribbean for this amazing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Chose this cruise due to the Ports of Call, location of departure and number of days. It was a relaxing cruise and the staff was the friendliest we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship. This was a test for a cruise for more than 7 days ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to the Ports of Call, location of departure and number of days. It was a relaxing cruise and the staff was the friendliest we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship. This was a test for a cruise for more than 7 days and we loved it. Great variety of food and drinks. One thing I do have to say is the ship is an older ship and you can see the age, but you also see the pride the employees put in it. Public bathrooms were an opportunity and smelled. First time on a ship that this was an issue. Sometimes I had to go back to my cabin to use the bathroom due to the poor cleanliness. Due to choppy waters, the Captain cancelled the Port of Call to Coco Cay and we did an overnight stay in Nassau. We did not get off the ship on the 1st day, but shopped the 2nd day. Fitness area was enough to get a great workout and I recommend. Overall- It was a fun and relaxing cruise; we booked another one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The ship may be small but kept clean, the staff super friendly, and always willing to hep. The dining room is set up so you feel you are dining in style, they have a complimentary Brunch on the Day at Sea, it was very well done, free ... Read More
The ship may be small but kept clean, the staff super friendly, and always willing to hep. The dining room is set up so you feel you are dining in style, they have a complimentary Brunch on the Day at Sea, it was very well done, free Mimosa and the food was delicious. The ship is easily navigated and Deck 11, has all kinds of gathering spaces and Hammocks Full size, she is a small ship but the staff will make you feel welcome. give her a try. The entertainment was awesome, took my breath away and Fully enjoyed the Free concert on Board put on by Gregg London from Vegas, he is super talented and the energy he delivers everyone in the theater was dancing. The cruise Director Carlos super talented and Ladies not bad on the eyes either.... The stateroom Folks keep everything in working order and clean super clean. The Dining Teams are caring and do everything to make you feel satisfied. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We went on the cruise with a small group. Because we have went on several cruises in the past, we were able to know what to expect, and where this particular cruise stacked up in regards to others. It is solidly at the very bottom of the ... Read More
We went on the cruise with a small group. Because we have went on several cruises in the past, we were able to know what to expect, and where this particular cruise stacked up in regards to others. It is solidly at the very bottom of the list. First, we waited at the airport of our pre-arranged transfer with RC for over an hour and a half. Once we finally arrived at the terminal, we were able to get through the embarkation process fairly quickly, but right before the sail off. The ship was more crowded than any ship we have ever been on. There literally wasn't a chair to be found many times. In the Windjammer, repeatedly people would be told over the loudspeaker to quickly eat and vacate their tables so that others could eat. Not exactly a relaxing dining experience. The noise was deafening and constantly the waiters were dropping plates, and silverware. One even dropped a full glass and it splashed all over a lady sitting nearby from head to toe at our first meal there! At least it was just water..... There simply was not enough room for all of the people to eat. The only other dining option is the formal dining room, and it wasn't open for every meal. There is a small sandwich area, but usually one person working and a very long line. You would have to wait for a very long time to get even a yogurt, or a bowl of oatmeal, because she had to serve each person individually. It was strange and terribly inefficient. We went there only once because, despite the compass saying the Windjammer would be open at 6:30 for an "early-bird" breakfast, it was not. We stood in line for quite awhile. The sole lady working at the counter did the best she could with a huge smile on her face, but she really needed help! Or, at least some of the things should have been self serve! We both asked for panini breakfast sandwiches. She put them one the grill and served them to us. After we sat down, my husband's was missing he egg totally, so I opened mine to try to give him part of my egg. It was as cold as if it had been in a refrigerator!!! We sadly left our food and walked away. I assume due to the large crowd she was having to really hurry and just couldn't leave it in long enough to fully heat it. We walked back to the Windjammer, but the line to go in was going down two flights of stairs and they still had not opened. We ended up just not eating breakfast as we had to report for our excursion by 7:30. (Although, once there we waited for over an hour just sitting, so I guess we could have eaten!) The food in the dining room at night was very good. Our waiter, Domingo, was exceptional. We ate at Chops one night, but I personally didn't think it was any better than the dining room. It was quieter though. The main dining room is so cram packed with trying to fit way too many people in that you can barely get around and the noise is truly deafening. It was hard for us to even hear our waiter speak. The only other dining option is the Windjammer. Our itinerary that was originally given was not followed AT ALL. We were supposed to go to Nassau first, get there early in the morning, and stay all day until midnight. That did not happen. Instead, we were told that we were going to CocoCay first....with no explanation as to why it changed. That did not happen. High winds and waves were blamed and we were told that they could not tender us in. We sailed by it and arrived in Nassau after dark, when all the shops were closed, and you couldn't see a thing. They only gave us until 3pm the next day. Unfortunately, we booked a Segway tour on the "Blue Lagoon" Island tour and it took our entire time. VERY disappointed in this tour. First of all, they wouldn't give us a straight answer on the ship as to whether or not we both had spots on it. They made us come back three different time, wait in a very long and slow moving line, and ask there were spots for both of us. Finally, they said they would call us. They didn't. Secondly, we were told to report to an area at 7:30 am for our excursion. We sat there for over an hour! Then we were marched outside and stood for another very extended period of time waiting on our water transport to take us to the island. After getting on, we sailed for awhile and then stopped at another place to pick up more people! We finally arrived at the Blue Lagoon Island and by then has wasted a ton of time when we could have been doing something else. The Segway tour was ridiculous! We only traveled maybe 1/4 of a mile in all! At a speed that was so slow you could probably have walked faster! They made us get off and showed us a couple of landmarks and then we went back. That was it! Crazy! So disappointing! The island had a little water area (not a beach on the ocean) and one overpriced restaurant selling gross-looking burgers and hotdogs for crazy high prices. I finally bought a bag of pretzels and it was $8!! We finally left and the boat again took people back to the other stop before taking us and it wasted time. By the time we got to Nassau, it was nearly time to re-board and we had to get back on. We never really got to see Nassau at all. So much for our Bahamas Cruise. Terribly disappointing. The entertainment on the ship was ok. We saw a couple of shows, pretty costumes, the usual dancers. I had trouble staying awake. We did enjoy the juggler/comedians. The ship itself is nothing remarkable at all. Walking the narrow hallways to our room, you had to navigate around all of the housekeeping carts and bags of laundry that we always on the floor in the halls. All day, every day. Never seen anything like it. There was a sewage-type smell in many, many areas. I saw cigarette butts in many places (people seem to just smoke anywhere and nobody says a word! Grr!) and crushed food in the stairways that didn't get cleaned up all day. The gym is the smallest gym I have ever seen on a cruise ship and horribly HOT. The jogging track is filled with people and closed half the time due to the rock climbing wall. The "walking track" on deck 5 was constantly filled with smokers and it is permanently closed off at one end anyway, so what is the point! If you want to run, do it early, and the mileage on the jogging track is .33, so every three laps will get you a mile. I ran my fastest 5K ever up there one morning! We did get to enjoy KeyWest and I prearranged some quality hybrid bikes through "WeCycle" and they had them waiting for us. Best bike rental we have ever had! Only $15 each too! It is difficult to ride in the shopping area, due to crowds and traffic, but you can ride for miles along the ocean and I really enjoyed it! The disembarking was ridiculously unorganized, with staff giving out contradictory instructions. We carried all of our luggage from one end of the ship to another and up and down flights of stairs due to this. It was frustrating. At the cruise terminal they separated us because the forced my husband to wait for a small elevator instead of going down the escalator with me because he had luggage and that upset us as we managed escalators just fine at the airport. I waited a LONG time for him because it as a small and slow elevator and he was in a long line. In summary, this truly was a very disappointing cruise. The others in our group had never been on a cruise before and have now said they never will again. We know how much better it can be and should have been. So very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The ship is amazing and has something for everyone - this was our 2nd time on this ship we like it so much. The convenience of parking at Cape Liberty (vs. New York City or flying to another port) was tremendous. Boarding and ... Read More
The ship is amazing and has something for everyone - this was our 2nd time on this ship we like it so much. The convenience of parking at Cape Liberty (vs. New York City or flying to another port) was tremendous. Boarding and disembarking was so easy. They treat suite guests very well. The two enclosed pool areas were AWESOME especially when staring at the wintry city outside - you could jump I the pool as soon as you got on board and it was ~20 degrees F outside. No flight = instant vacation. The bar service is great. Casino is fun (if a bit small). Shows were EXCELLENT. Special Suite dining experience was EXCELLENT. Doing Disney from the port is good - though we wish we had another hour or two. Bahamas and Florida were perfect weather in March. We're already thinking of going again next year for a 3rd time on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I did a lot of research before I purchased this cruise. I got a 'deal' through groupon, $269 for two people. When I called to book the cruise, I had to pay $65 per person for port fees. We arrived at 130pm, only way to park ... Read More
I did a lot of research before I purchased this cruise. I got a 'deal' through groupon, $269 for two people. When I called to book the cruise, I had to pay $65 per person for port fees. We arrived at 130pm, only way to park your car is valet, $18/ night, and only cash. There were about 300 people as we entered, no clear direction as to what was going on, we had to fill out paperwork for our on board credit account. We waiting about 2 hours in a line to get the room keys, and our info inputted ( which I had already done when I booked the cruise) . After this process we headed on board. The cruise ship is an old Carnival ship, VERY clean and polite staff ( this was the highlight) . They had a variety of entertainment that was suitable, nothing over the top. An adult comedy show was $12/ person, and wasn't that great. Check your weather as we had terrible motion sickness. We chose to venture out on our own once we arrived in Freeport. They loaded up 10 people per taxi for a 15 minute ride ( $10 round trip / person ) here you got to see the hurricane damage and a 'shopping center' with each store selling the same expensive stuff. $20 for a DORA shirt that said bahamas. AWFUL!! Honestly I would've just purchased souvenirs at the freeport port as you exit the boat and then spent the day on the now quiet boat. The excursions were expensive $100+ and I heard they weren't the best. A lot of people did they 2/4 night stay at a resort in the bahamas and apparently that was awesome. We had two twin beds pushed together to make a makeshift bed, it was awful and didnt lock even after asking housekeeping. Alcohol is very expensive, cheapest bottle is $100 of absolut, and soda you pay $20+ for unlimited . I would recommend getting drinks individually ( they had 50% off drinks during the entertainment, so wait for that) the drink package was $70 and was 10 8oz drinks, not worth it. $12 for a cocktail. Food was okay, set up was great, but certain things didnt taste right. we were sick and left the Stellar restaurant but the food looked amazing , also, there are two restaurants that are an additional charge, The Bull and Admiral club. You need your room key to get towels, and if you dont return them at the given time you are charged $20 per towel, same with room towels, if housekeeping comes by and you have taken a towel you get charged. Overall, we spent over $600 and this is without the excursions, definitely a waste for two mediocre days. DONT get this cruise, rather go to the Keys in a 5 star hotel. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My Mom had business trip on this cruise and I can along! Amazing time, food was great and plenty. Staff was very kind and helpful. So much to do and see. Loved the Dog House, for their Coney Island hotdog. Windjammer always kept things ... Read More
My Mom had business trip on this cruise and I can along! Amazing time, food was great and plenty. Staff was very kind and helpful. So much to do and see. Loved the Dog House, for their Coney Island hotdog. Windjammer always kept things fresh for selections of food. Something for everyone. I loved the Adult solarium. Nice and quiet, kid free, gorgeous views, and relaxing. The medical staff was very professional when we had to take my father to be seen. Due to the medical issue we had to miss our shore excursion and the Ship staff helped us to get reimbursed our cost. They have this Bionic Robot Bartender, it was cool to design my own drink and watch this Robot make it. Great to watch even if not ordering a drink. The Abyss, was intimidating at first, until I watched an 80 year old lady go down it and told me how much she loved. So I gave it a go, and I loved. Loved it so much going again on same ship next March. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
If this is your cup of tea, then please excuse me, but to me, it felt like a vacation at Bloomingdale's with a pool. Too many people, too much "gotta get there at X time and get it before you". It was not very relaxing. ... Read More
If this is your cup of tea, then please excuse me, but to me, it felt like a vacation at Bloomingdale's with a pool. Too many people, too much "gotta get there at X time and get it before you". It was not very relaxing. "Ooh, gotta pay $200 to swim with the caged dolphins" (hellooo Peta?). Everybody slowly waddles and gets in your way, attempts to eat/waste too much food, get in front of you, and generally qualifies as poster children for health issues. Now, that said, the kids had a great time with their friends wandering around in controlled freedom, as they could not get off the boat. Eating whenever they wanted to, and generally staying out of our hair. There were enough things to keep them occupied (as long as they could spend MORE money in the arcade _ i.e, if you’re clueless going on, they give minors credit), and you signed up and paid MONTHS in advance for whatever activity. This kind of trip is definitely for the "must do, do, do" people. Everything was on the clock. On the boat, off the boat, this time, that time, "oh isn't that so gorgeous", here a raffle, there a substandard piece of merchandise you must have – pages of retarded activities. No peace. For all inclusive, the "up-sell" is on the second you get on board. To get even more granular, all the entertainment is meant to "please all" so the shows are confused and erratic – Le Miz meets BMX bikers – Queen, Queen, Queen, rock means Queen and everybody love that right?. The food was good to a little better which did make it more tolerable (and of course the drink package as long as you drink 4 or more drinks a day), but if you want better, pony up (nothing new in all-inclusive tourism, it's just sad). The crew, were very polite, and at times excessively attentive, which is what it is (I would hide or run when our cabin attendant came by). Even though RCCL is supposedly a few steps above Carnival, they still had all the inane "staff parades" and noisy crap which interrupts what you would hope would be a period of peace and relaxation, i.e dinner. At lunch, they constantly made announcements about how great the restaurant was and to thank the staff (which being mostly not American citizens is another issue altogether). Made it seem like I was eating at a strip joint. And I could go on. So, If this is the environment you consider a "holiday", then they do it very well and the boat is well kept and functional for such. So enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I received this cruise as a free offer and overall it was really great. however, the islands were not at all what i expected. Especially in freeport, i thought i would get to experience the island and not just a bunch on vendors. They did ... Read More
I received this cruise as a free offer and overall it was really great. however, the islands were not at all what i expected. Especially in freeport, i thought i would get to experience the island and not just a bunch on vendors. They did not offer a shuttle bus to the other destinations from the port other than taxi drivers and everything is so far away so we spent our time at the port and then back on the ship.....boomer!!! In the future please consider not selling the water to the customers if you are going to give them free alcohol. To have to pay $6.49 per liter of water is outrageous. i drink water for health reasons and i ended up paying $32.45 for drinking freaking water and that sucks ncl.....but like i said the overall cruise was a lot of fun. Please in the future will you all do something about all the smoke in the casino second hand smoke causes cancer as well..... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The staff was great. Everything on the boat closes after 1:30 which sucked. for my prev cruises there was always a 24 resturrant, ice cream and pizza. And also the room service after midnight cost for the delivery. The boat was a smallest ... Read More
The staff was great. Everything on the boat closes after 1:30 which sucked. for my prev cruises there was always a 24 resturrant, ice cream and pizza. And also the room service after midnight cost for the delivery. The boat was a smallest one ive been on but was god for relaxation. The food taste was great but like i said before wish it was open later for the people that have different sleeping paterns.  The rooms and bathrooms in the room were very outdated , but other parts of the ship were updated recently.  But getting on and off the ship was the smoothest and quckest ive ever wet through out of all the cruises ive been on. There was alot of older folks on the cruise and i know they had a great time . It was very easy for them to navigate with little walking. I wouldnt recommend this as a cruise for kids though. NOT MUCH TO DO , Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, ... Read More
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, but it is not quite as good as on previous Carnival cruises. We found the staff to be excellent. They were quick, competent, and remarkably friendly. The entertainment is quite good in the main show room, the comedy club, and throughout the ship. The ports of call (Nassau and Freeport) are a couple of our favorites. The convenience for us (we live in the Charleston, SC area) is especially good, and the staff at the terminal is remarkable. They got us on board quickly and put us in a great mood right from the beginning. What more could you ask for? My wife and I will definitely be going on a lot more cruises on the Ecstasy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
- During the planning processes with royal weddings I had to go through 3 different event planners because I was told that the first two had left the company. I had to constantly call and email to get a reply back as to what was going on. ... Read More
- During the planning processes with royal weddings I had to go through 3 different event planners because I was told that the first two had left the company. I had to constantly call and email to get a reply back as to what was going on. It wasn't until A FEW DAYS before my wedding that we finalized the ceremony/reception for the wedding which was VERY STRESSFUL and FRUSTRATING. - On the wedding day we had to walk a long distance until we finally got to our car to get transported to the ceremony location. They did not warn me of this as it was very difficult walking the distance in my wedding gown and would have worn more comfortable shoes had I known. - We never received a wedding photographer that was part of the package. - Laptop was not provided as listed in our wedding confirmation. - The ipod dock used at the ceremony was old and not compatible with our phones (was told we could bring ANY apple ipod/phone to play music) so we didn't even end up using it even though we paid for it!! - Sound system to play ipod was NOT WORKING (event planner had to bring in small portable speaker to play music and was not loud enough to hear music - Event planner played the WRONG ceremony music!! - Arch was set up in an area really CLOSE TO PUBLIC GARBAGE can and was VERY visually DISPLEASING!!! - Event planner was not aware of when guests were arriving when I had instructed her to let me know when they were about to arrive which resulted in me having to race back into the car but guests had already arrived in the parking lot by then and saw me. - Event planner was not informative as to how the order of the wedding was going to go and everything was rushed and very chaotic!! - Food for the reception was terrible and cold. There wasn't enough food to serve 38 guests which left some guests not being able to have a main. Since we paid additional for the gold buffet package, we would expect there to be enough food and to be better than the main dining/windjammer but it was very very disappointing. - I was unaware and very disappointed to find out the day before that the reception area would not be arranged to have tables and chairs set up and that the lounge arrangement would remain as a lounge layout! When I had a phone call appointment with the event planner, i was told that the table arrangements would be made with the event planner on cruise but nothing was done. If I had known all of this I would have NOT done my once in a lifetime wedding with Royal Caribbean. I would NOT recommend ANYONE to do their wedding or go to this cruise based on my first time experience with them. Since it was my very first cruise experience I would think that because I have nothing to compare to that it would be good but I regret doing my wedding with Royal Caribbean completely. The whole experience was unorganized, disappointing and a huge embarrassment. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We ... Read More
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We disembark from New York (we live in NYC Metro area) that only involve 2 carry-on. There was no luggage involved nor did we take any flight to get start the trip. 2) The trip involved a Chinese agency that brought 1000+ Chinese foreign tourists (reason why I want to make this point) 3) We got one of the balcony suite (port side of the ship) 4) The Trip heads to Nassau, Bahamas, (NCL's own) Stirrup, Bahamas, Cape Canaveral, Florida, and return back to NYC 5) Excursions: Balmoral Island (Dolphin), Stirrup (given for all passengers), and Kennedy Space Center (Florida) Embarkation/Disembarkation: NYC Got there by 11:00 am (schedule time to check-in 11:30 am). The wait time to board was crazy. We got in by 2:30 pm. While waiting, many frequent travelers have told me that it is usually very quick but the delay was due to the 1000+ Chinese tourists (their passport and they didn't have all the information for their children; language communication issue which further delayed). Standing in the AFT line for 3+ hours without water and hunger (for my wife) was not pleasant (especially our 1st trip). The disembarkation was a bit Bahamas No Issue and the excursion gave enough time to get back. I find it was not hard to get back on board.. They provide all information (just have to listen and read)... Stirrup No issue and it's their private island. So it should not be a problem but just waiting for the ships to be loaded with passengers to sail to or back from the island.. No issue really Florida No issue and the custom wait was a bit time consuming but it could be beyond their control (we waited at the theater and waiting for our trip excursion to be called so we could get cleared with customs and continue to the excursions.. Cabin: Clean and tidy... I do not know if our roomkeeper was exceptional but he cleaned twice per day. He seems to always punctual and in our room when we just left or just come back with everything all setup... He was one of the friendliest face I saw everyday... Dining: In general, the food is was good but the selections could be a bit more for the complimentary. One thing that was a disappointment was Shanghai Noodle bar... I do not know if the Chinese tourists just hogged the whole restaurant had 2+ hours waiting every night... What my wife and I experienced is that the system there is all messed up.. Their paging system does not work efficiently and the wait is very painful. 1) Customer service is not good.. One, the lady upfront seems very cold (and I could understand her frustration with their system) but the system do not seem to have any empathy for those waiting to get seats and foods. It was designed to fail in many ways How? a. The wait is based on first come, first seat. The ordering is done as a group/region of each table section (note, there is no private booth for each group... Each table has 5-6 seats on one side and the region could have 6-12 seats where two tables are connected to each other... So I could face another group opposite to my side and another group could be seating next to me).. So when we place an order (on 2nd visit), you could be the first person in but your order is placed together in your table region by the waiters *and come out last). And the order of the food coming out goes top down (appetizers .. dishes, desserts)... So we were seated 2nd on our 2nd visit (we waited 40 minutes before it opened). We got seated on the back end of the table (near the wall). We ordered appetizers, dishes, and desserts... The waitress covering our area got the pork dumplings out first (top of the menu) and our shrimp dumplings came out far later than pork (just so you know, we ordered by 5:10 even though we were seated at 5:00 and our shrimp dumpling came out by 5:30pm)... So what you order and where you are seated makes a difference... b. There is no POS on what you ordered so they tend to mess up on orders since your order is done on paper. Their argument is that they make all food dishes in batches (all together - so all dimsum comes out together for the table/region; egg rolls, shrimp rolls).. That is why when you order, your priority of seating does not matter. I didn't get to eat until 30 minutes into seating... Also, they had a tendency to mess up on orders (giving food to people that they did not order) c. Seems to be unprepared. On our second visit, they didn't have all tables setup by 5:00pm (no glasses and all napkins, chopsticks, and menu done just before it opened). d. Since ordering is done in groups; the seating could be open for time and not be filled (since they do not know who is part of what group).. They have table reservation but they do not know who is part of what group for ordering. It was so bad that I have seen seats with finished plates sitting without being cleaned or filled for 10-20 minutes. This was one of the thing I complained to the manager on our 1st visit. My wife and I waited over 1 hr and there were 16 seats open!!! They are waiting for people with the pager (they give 7 min wait time) to come back but they never did (pager loses battery).. We got the seat by that manager's executive decision and he realizing that we could see the issues... BTW, our first visit.. We were done in 20 minutes... The time waiting for the others in front was enough time for others to eat and be done already.. So to make the long story short, these are my recommendations (in general, the food was great there).. 1) Get there early!!! Though the wait could be a pain but be the first to eat there (do not wait for the 2 hours wait... Our 1st night, we were on 2 hrs 40 min wait and close to end of business time)..Our 2nd visit, we were there at 4:20 for 5:00 pm opening 2) Order everything that you want to try (portions are not big) and make sure to order all things in one shot.. So order quantities more than 2 if need be and make sure to get all the order in first (do not order some now and some later; you are bound to wait) 3) Seating might not be in your control but make sure to follow 2. Food disseminated are based on type of dish (and they all come out at once for the table region in general) Other things, tell them you are done (so it could help them get more people in). It is a common courtesy for other diners (I do not doubt that some never ate during the voyage due to the wait).. Hopefully, they will get a POS soon and take our recommendation to improve service and process... The food is worth it but the wait and service.... It could be hard to do that again.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our favorite ship for families so far, absolutely love this ship and all the things for families to do together. There is so much to do and see, you don't even need to go anywhere! The ship gets a big thumbs up from us, the kids, and ... Read More
Our favorite ship for families so far, absolutely love this ship and all the things for families to do together. There is so much to do and see, you don't even need to go anywhere! The ship gets a big thumbs up from us, the kids, and my parents that went with us. Downsides are: little to no seafood to be found on the main buffet or Solarium bistro. 1 fish dish offered in the main dining room each night, 1 lobster night (more like big shrimp than a real lobster tail but good enough). This was disappointing because they used to have more seafood on Royal Carribean. You can buy seafood for extra if you want it, but don't expect it to be included and don't expect chilled shrimp and crab claws at every buffet like Disney does. The kids area (Adventure Ocean) is good for babysitting and the kids didn't love to go, but eventually learned to enjoy themselves for a bit so we could do some kid free stuff. If you are expecting a robust Disney kids area, this is not the case, but the ship itself has way more to do onboard than any Disney cruise. Kids check in is slow and painful, so don't expect efficiency when checking them in or out. Staff was decent, better than on the Anthem when we sailed out of NJ, but not the best we have experience on RC. Shows were mediocre at best, the Headliner Gaucho was really great though. Overall fabulous vacation, I highly highly recommend it for couples & families. I only list the downsides because these need to be discussed and RC should take note, they would be easy to fix. Drink package is totally worth every penny, Atlantis Waterpark was worth every penny, and we had an amazing time. Photographers aren't great so don't buy the CD, just pick your 3-4 favorites if you're lucky enough to get that many good ones. We will definitely go again, it's a great ship and we had the best time! It was really fantastic. I only mention the downsides if you are comparing this to Disney or other cruises. Not many downsides, but there are a few to consider. They won't stop me from going again, overall it's a fabulous vacation on a fabulous ship! The gym on this ship is better than most and we are picky. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife and I went on one of the older ships, Empress of the Seas. It was very inexpensive. General rule of thumb in life is you get what you pay for. We have been on larger ships for longer time frames and this just couldn't compare. ... Read More
My wife and I went on one of the older ships, Empress of the Seas. It was very inexpensive. General rule of thumb in life is you get what you pay for. We have been on larger ships for longer time frames and this just couldn't compare. The food at the buffet and in the dining room was not very good. The selections were very minimal. The drinks were not as strong and the over all cleanliness was fair. If you go on one of the smaller older vessels just don't expect much! This cruise would be an OK starter vessel for someone with no expectations. I didn't find the activity list to be to grand. If you want to sit by the pool and have a cocktail, this is it because there isn't much else during the day. If you do want to sit poolside, get there early! We see families come and put their stuff on the beach chairs in the morning and rarely even use them during the day. Seeing there are only 100 or so, the staff should monitor them more closely/. For the size of this ship, I did like the 1/4mile track and the fitness room! If you simply want R&R, not horrible but don't go expecting something you would get on a newer ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Cruise was amazing. Food, crew members, entertainment shows, cleanliness were outstanding. This was our 1st cruise and we enjoyed it a lot. Fantastic experience with the Royal Caribbean. Minus points are - water charges & ... Read More
Cruise was amazing. Food, crew members, entertainment shows, cleanliness were outstanding. This was our 1st cruise and we enjoyed it a lot. Fantastic experience with the Royal Caribbean. Minus points are - water charges & Internet Charges are very expensive. Availability of the onboard adventure rides, some shows are very very poor. That means if you booked it earlier, you dont have any guarantee that that booked slots are going to be happened as because of weather some rides were cancelled and we dint get any other slots as all slots are booked and guest services dint do anything about it and many people were frustrated with this cancellation. Also dont go for Spa services as its very costly and not satisfied at all. From our cruise experience what we have learned that do not buy any services, any products onboard as they are super expensive. Rest enjoy complimentary services only. And yes one thing I forgot to mention in their feedback that when you board ship for the first time, there should be some orientation about the ship or some crew members to whom you can ask what to do next. When we came in, half of our time gone for understanding whats going on, where to go, where to eat, where to seat, where to see and there were no crew members whom we can ask. Otherwise our experience was very very beautiful. We loved loved it and definitely recommend and will definitely come back again. Cheers Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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