This was our 1st RC cruise. We traveled with our two teenage children for our wedding our anniversary. We had a Ocean balcony cabin and our children had boardwalk balcony room. The cabins were small and the bathrooms were really small. ... Read More
This was our 1st RC cruise. We traveled with our two teenage children for our wedding our anniversary. We had a Ocean balcony cabin and our children had boardwalk balcony room. The cabins were small and the bathrooms were really small. The shower is hard to move around in.. My husband is 6'2" and that was really hard for him.
I got a cabin for my kids that had a great view of the aqua theater and the back of the ship. There were no shows in the aqua theater because of rough seas. Our cabins were only 2 back from the aqua suite. The cabins were ok for two however so many squeezed 4 into our size cabin.. Our cabin attendant Kechia was the best. Our cabin was always clean and She was very very nice.
Dining: The food in the main dining was bland and not at all what we expected. The service was good and the staff was friendly. I would not suggest "anytime dining" We had reservations at 5;30 and walked right in and were seated while the "anytime dining folks" waited until seats were available. I changed this option late into our booking so I could not get a later time. I did it on the advise of another cruise critic reviewer. We preferred the specialty dining options which cost a few dollars more but were 100 times better. The food at Chops Grill was wonderful. We did not take our kids to specialty dining because they prefer Johnny Rockets, The Dog House or room service.
Entertainment: So many of the shows were cancelled due to rough seas- surprised us.
we did attend CATS. You will need to make a reservation for all shows or go on a list and wait. CATS was long and boring. Performers where talented and great just not a great show all together. Hard to follow. My husband got a nice nap in, Would have preferred Grease or Hairspray. Not available on this ship.
Activities: Could not get my husband off the flow rider. Go early in the am so you do not have to wait in long lines. My husband booked two private lessons and said it was worth every penny.
We are not pool sitting folks because we live in Florida with a pool however the pool areas seemed packed so we opted to do other things.
My husband and I really enjoyed the adults only solarium area in the evening. It is very quiet and hardly anyone is there. Children are allowed during the day. We sat in the large hot tub a few times.
Spa & Salon: On the day of the formal evening I took my daughter up to get her hair done. Ryan did a great job and made her feel like a princess. We wanted to take him home with us.
Excursions: In Labadee Haite my family did the zip line and we all did the dragon coaster. If you are afraid of heights, which I am, don't do these. My husband and children loved both the views of the island where wonderful.
I would have liked a private cabanna on the beach. We got there early and they were sold out the day before so we sat under a palm tree which was nice for about 1/2 hour then got very crowded. I suggest the beach facing the boat. It looked so much nicer than the one we were at. The only reason I selected this area was to watch my family on the zip line. That takes about an hour and fifteen.
In the Bahamas we shopped on our own.
Guest Services: I felt like when we approached guest services they wanted to get us out of their hair as quickly as possible. I watched every Utube video I could to help us get around the ship and one suggested that when we get on the ship we go to guest services and tell them that we wanted to be put on the VIP list. I did just that and explained to them that I write a lot of reviews for Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic. They basically blew me off. Said they would call us and we never got a call. My husband wanted to be put on the list to tour the bridge but that was full. They called an apologized and offered us a specialty dining at N/C only to call us back the next day and tell us that they had made a mistake and could no longer offer that to us. We had already made our reservations and went anyway- paid for it. There was definitely a communication issue throughout the cruise with this department.
Booking our Cruise: I booked this cruise 10 months in advance through RCI on the phone and watched the rate go up and down. 90 days before the cruise there was a huge sale and because I had paid our final payment they would not honor it. They offered us a bottle of wine in our room. We do not drink wine. We did not book our next cruise on the ship. We will book next time with a travel agent.
Overall we had a great time. We will go on RCI again. Read Less