Having just returned from a 14 day cruise with an 11 year old daughter, I would say that for anyone wanting a fantastic all round family holiday, this could not have been better unless you are looking for things to criticize. Everything ... Read More
Having just returned from a 14 day cruise with an 11 year old daughter, I would say that for anyone wanting a fantastic all round family holiday, this could not have been better unless you are looking for things to criticize. Everything was perfect because we all had fun. Yes, it was busy but you cannot expect anything else at the height of the school holidays. Yes, there was a huge range of people from different professional levels and backgrounds but when you have a family this matters not and when you go on a ship like this, what else would you expect????
Children can attend kids club if they wish and those who did, had the time of their lives starting early in the morning until 1.00 am in the morning where they chose to do so. It was our daughter's first cruise and she was a bit apprehensive thinking she might be bored!! Now, she does not want to go on any other type of holiday and is eagerly awaiting us to book our next one.
Embarkation and disembarkation were both excellent. We were on board by 11.30am and in our room and unpacked by 2pm (suitcases all arrived by 1.30pm).
Excursions were slick and well organized. The captain even left our anchor behind at one port rather than delay or postpone our day in Rome. Although we had to be diverted to an alternative port one day, the staff pulled out all the stops to ensure that excursions went to plan and that our day was not disrupted more than necessary.
Children are catered for in all ways whatever they chose to do. But for those who take children out of school to avoid core holiday time, I would not expect it to be as good but that is only to be expected.
In terms of service, we could not fault it. Even to the point that our room attended came off duty when our daughter locked herself out of our room.
Cleanliness - well it was better than anyone could have wished for and the bed was so comfortable, it was bliss!! The bathroom with its shower screen, washing line for drying bikinis etc. and loads of storage space was more than sufficient for a 14 day cruise.
My only complaint would be the whining of people who seemed to be in pursuit of something which you would never expect on such a cruise. Yes, it is a very big ship with fun to be had all day every day if that is what you want but that is how it is sold when you chose your holiday, so you cannot expect anything different. You can participate in the fun or observe if you wish but equally you can get away from it if you want to because the ship is so large and you can easily find peace and quiet if that is what you want.
We had heard criticism of lifts being difficult to catch due to kids "riding in them". This was not the case for us (and there were hundreds of children of all ages on board). We never had to wait for a lift and, on the odd occasion where children did anything likely to cause annoyance, their behavior was soon checked by the staff who did not stand for shouting, running or causing passengers any disruption.
We never had to queue for rock climbing, ice skating or golf etc. which considering the number of people on board was amazing.
The Windjammer does get very busy at peak times but even so, it is well managed and there was never a time where a member of staff didn't offer to bring cold drinks or tea and coffee to the table.
Room service always arrived within 10 minutes of the time allocated and was of good quality.
We are already looking at booking another cruise with RCI as many of our fellow passengers did whilst on board. Read Less