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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This is our second cruise, 1st one was with Royal. Our ages are 51 and 55. Its funny to see some people complain about the food or the entertainment or the people working on the ship because there really was nothing to complain ... Read More
This is our second cruise, 1st one was with Royal. Our ages are 51 and 55. Its funny to see some people complain about the food or the entertainment or the people working on the ship because there really was nothing to complain about. Getting on the ship was a breeze, right in and right on around 12:30pm - shuttle to the ships was a little slow due to traffic but what do you expect with all those boats. The food was great, so many choices if you don't like something eat something else. They had a pasta station, pick from 6 pastas and pick your sauce from 6 types. There was a Mexican section, you could make your own nachos or tacos etc. different curry dishes everyday. Grilled steak, chicken and pork everyday. Salads, fruits, desert, ice cream. There was so much to choose from i didnt even come close to trying everything and i tried. The food was great, i gained a pound a day :( Everywhere we went on the ship the staff were friendly, not one rude staff encountered. Dining room service was great - we were on anytime dining, only had to wait about 5 minutes one night, all other straight in. The entertainment was really good, the dancers and singers did 3 different shows, they are very talented. The comedian the first night was so funny even my wife was laughing, and it takes a very funny person to get her going. i had tears flowing down my cheek i was laughing so hard. The ship was clean and did not feel crowded even though it was sold out, crowded around the main pool only. Did our own shore excursions, island paradise tours with Rosevelt and Bernard's tours, both were great and half the price of the ones offered on the ship of course. Bernard's tour came loaded with several coolers of beer and rum punch and water and not just one each, but lots. Everyone has different tastes but really this ship and crew and the food and shows were great. Oh and the Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis is hilarious, so so funny in the Liar Liar show he was in and his daily announcements as well. If he wasn't a ships captain he could make a killing as a comedian. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
The family suite worked well for my husband and me and our three 15 year old grandsons. Our grandsons loved the surf rider, rock climbing wall, basketball court, ice skating rink and the food. It was a easy trip for all except for the ... Read More
The family suite worked well for my husband and me and our three 15 year old grandsons. Our grandsons loved the surf rider, rock climbing wall, basketball court, ice skating rink and the food. It was a easy trip for all except for the crowds of other passengers. This cruise is best for families. Of the 4 ports visited ( Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico; we like Jamaica the best. Blue Hole close to Ocho Rios was the highlight of our Caribbean cruise. My three 15 year old grandsons and I were met at Falmouth cruise port by Ricardo of Liberty Tours of Jamaica (www.libertytoursjamaica.com ) We drove to Blue Hole...a pleasant, approximately 1 hour ride, stopping along the way for pictures. Ricardo was fantastic!! He planned everything for us, even calling ahead of time to confirm our wishes. We stopped on the return near Blue Hole at a local outdoor place for one of the best meals ever....Jamaican grilled chicken. Blue Hole is located in a remote area that only small vans can access; therefore, smaller crowds. It is in a rain forest and absolutely beautiful. We wore water shoes and bathing suits and took a change of clothes and towels. Once at Blue Hole, the boys and I had our own guide, who was very attentive to our safety and making sure the boys had fun. Some places are slick and steep. There was jumping in the water from different levels, rope swinging into the water, caves under waterfalls.... absolutely paradise for active 15 year olds and good picture taking opportunities for the less active. It is not a place for small children or for non swimmers. The cost of our 4 hour tour included transportation, admission into Blue Hole and lunch. I tipped our Blue Hole guide $30. Blue Hole is a must see for nature lovers. It was our first trip to Jamaica and we would like to return if we can stay off the beaten tourist path and return to Blue Hole. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
1. There should be more than one late night food service available. My teenage daughter was not even able to find food at night because the only food was in the adult solarium or room service. 2. They need to let people know where the ... Read More
1. There should be more than one late night food service available. My teenage daughter was not even able to find food at night because the only food was in the adult solarium or room service. 2. They need to let people know where the late night food service is by telling them when they are going through check in. 3. RC needs to make service personnel trained to be familiar with passengers first names and they need to address them by name. 4. Make provisions for storage of baby strollers instead of clogging up corridors and if passengers cannot fit them in their room then they should not be allowed on board. 5. RC needs to enforce the no smoking in rooms policy as deck 7 reeked of stale cigarette smoke. 6. Would like to see dining room entertainment by the staff after dinner when dessert is served. 7. We had an obstructed view of rooms 7550 and 7552 and it was not stated as such on reservation. 8. Would like to see drink waiter come to each table in the dining room. He came to our table once in the beginning and asked if we would like wine and we never saw him after that. We did want drinks but not wine. 9. Better security needed for teenagers that are disruptive to passengers. 10. Would like to see chocolate placed on pillows at bedtime. 11. All of these that I have mentioned are the rule not the exception for Carnival Cruise line. RC charges much more money per person and provides less service as well as entertainment. 12. Loved the centrum entertainment and that was a plus as well as seeing the captain and crew participate in the shows! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We just got back from a RC cruise leaving out of Galveston and going to the Western Caribbean and it was fabulous!!!! We travelled with 3 children under the age of 10. We flew into Houston IAH and were able to get a rental car from Budget ... Read More
We just got back from a RC cruise leaving out of Galveston and going to the Western Caribbean and it was fabulous!!!! We travelled with 3 children under the age of 10. We flew into Houston IAH and were able to get a rental car from Budget online for 80.00 for three days and stayed at the Hilton Homewood Suites near the airport (we got into town at 8:00 a.m. and the hotel let us check in right away-we didn't have to pay for the room the night before like most places have you do). The hotel was full from the night before-however-someone had checked out so they cleaned a room immediately while we had their hot breakfast. I cannot say enough about that hotel. When we came back from the cruise I had booked another hotel-country inn and suites by the airport-that was a big mistake-they were very unprofessional-so we cancelled and went back to homewood and they got us into a room with the best price right away (thanks Kim). The day of the cruise my husband dropped the girls and I off at the ship and returned the car to Budget in Texas City before coming back to the cruise ship. In hindsight it would have been easier if we stayed together. You can drop your car off at Budget in Texas City where they will take you to the cruise ship in the car you rented as long as they can fit in it with you for 50.00. I DO NOT recommend this. You can call a cab for 40.00 to pick you up there -your whole family and you do not have to wait for someone at Budget to be able to take you OR wait for them to take other people before they take you. I recommend PINKY's cab service-she has a minivan that you can easily fit into. She picked us up at the cruise ship when our trip was over and took us back to Budget rental in Texas City where we picked up our car for a 2 day rental for 40.00. Google her and you should be able to find her info. Boarding the Navigator was easy. We loved our family ocean view room in the front of the ship. I bought my kids a soda package and I got the royal replenish. You can take 2 bottles of champagne or wine on the ship. I also saw a lady taking a 12 pack of soda. There is a lot of info on rum runners and they work. Research them. In hindsight after adding our drink cost on the ship (probably each of us had 3-4 drinks a day-averaging 550.00) and then addiing the cost of the beverages and soda package for the girls and I- approx 200.00-we would have been better off buying an alcohol package that included soda and juices for my husband and myself and then just getting the drinks and juices for the kids on our card.. Ports were awesome. Despite some of the research rec. no private tours in Jamaica-we found lots of great reviews on Patrice Bailey for private tours and decided to book her-She was awesome and for the same amount of money we had our own air conditioned van that took us wherever we wanted to go and then some places we did not know. I cannot say enough about Patrice Bailey and I am so glad that we booked with her. We visited a school and took them school supplies and ate where the locals do-6 of us for less than 40.00 and shopped away from the pier-buy coffee n Jamaica and you can deal (2 bags for 20.00) however, do not buy liquour there-buy it in the Caymen islands-way cheaper. Next stop-Grand Caymen Islands-I tried to book a tour with Marineland tours due to their awesome reviews but if you come in on RC they will not-they contract privately with them so book them through the ship for the Deluxe Stingray City tour-it iis well worth it-they are the only boat that has a stairway down to the water so if you have older people or small children this can come in very handy getting on and off their boat or just hanging on the steps and looking at the stingrays. THis port the boat is tendered and you take a small boat in to Grand Caymen and the tour people are right there to meet you as soon as you go in the gate.You can buy alcohol and rum cakes the cheapest here. There is a store as you are heading into the gates on the left that had a 11 percent discount on their already great prices before 12:00. They also pack all of your liqour and send it to the ship for free so you don't have to deal with it on your tour. We bought rum, appleton, havana club and 11 bottle altogether with 4-6 rum cakes for 140.00 approx. If you have kids and time eat at Margartiaville across the street-they have great food-it is a little pricey but so worth it-their coconut shrimp and seafood was amazing! The best part is if you have kids there is a water slide into a 3 foot pool right in the restaurant and the kids can swim while you sit. This was one of the highlights for my kids on the whole trip. Last port-Cozumel-we did swimming with the dolphins. I booked through Chankanaab and got a better rate and it included a buffet lunch. We did the swim adventure-all 5 of us-for 400.00 and I got them to throw in the manatee experience. We took a cab at the port for 16.00/20..00 with tip and the park there is amazing! You can see a sea lion show, there is a small kids beach n one side and then a regular on on another side-very close to each other. There is kayaking and all kinds of things to do there. They do not let us take pictures. However, I am thinking you could sit at the tables with a good camera and snap away. They take their own pictures and charge a ridiculous amount for them.-150-200 dollars. I just wanted one of each of my kids with a dolphin and bargained down to 75.00 aftr telling them that if I dont buy anything then theyw ill just throw them away and not make any money at all so wouldn't it be better if we both got something out of it vs. neither of us getting anything. Shoppin at port great-some stores will bargain and others will not. All in all the cruise was amazing and the best time ever. RCCruises does a great job and I am looking forward to travelling wtih them again! Read Less

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