My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon cruise and I must say that we extremely enjoyed ourselves. The crew was always working super hard and were a bit overwhelmed at times but always made sure to say hello. I never once saw any crew members just standing around or loafing. The people are working their tails off all day, everyday. Although we were just first time cruisers and haven't experience the way things used to be before the pre paid gratuities, I didn't once notice any crew members not willing to help with any problem big or small. We still ended up tipping certain members that were outstanding anyways which made the services even better. All I can say is get to know the fellows that work at the Schooner Bar, Abel, Eric, and Bela are phenomenal guys and we loved hanging out with them. Our dining time was at 8:00 pm on Deck 3 and had Annabelle for a waitress with the help of Milan. These two were so very attentive to our needs and always there to treat us like royalty.
There were so very many activities on board to attend as well from shows, ice shows, Salsa Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, rock climbing, putt putt, Flowrider, Ice Skating in Studio B, the list just goes on and on and we tried them all. Food was all pretty good in the Windjammer as well as the Main Dining Hall, never any complaints except for the tiger shrimp to which Annabelle just brought me out a different entree and everything was fine. No matter where we went on the boat there was always friends to be made whether they were other passengers or crew members everyday was full of great conversations with all types of different people.
Our stateroom was always kept nice by our attendant Glen. It was actually much bigger than we anticipated it being and our great attendant would always make sure that our wine bottles were chilled in ice and he would always dig out our excursion tickets and other show ticket and place them in the most obvious spots after cleaning the room to make sure that we never missed a show or appointment. Excellent views from out the porthole window of the sunrise and wake from the ship cruising.
While in Jamaica we didn't book any excursions because we were running low on funds by this point but I heard that Dunn's River Falls was a big hit from the other passengers. Instead we just walked around the pier (Royal Caribbean built pier) and did some shopping. It was just okay but when we went outside of the gated pier we were swarmed by merchants pulling and tugging on our arms and clothes to get us to shop in their little shacks and stuff. We felt a little uncomfortable so we quickly decided to go back to the gated pier and just shop there. I would rather pay a few dollars more for the same items and not have to deal with all of the harassment. Avoid the stupid Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville though. $8.50 for a single margarita that comes in a tiny plastic cup. Then the nacho's, although they were oversized, they were also overpriced too at a whopping $27.50 for one plate!!! We just decided to get the margaritas, which we thought would be bigger, and a couple of waters. Total bill for two waters and two tiny margaritas?...$23.00 plus tip. STAY AWAY FROM THERE!!! I would have much rather spent more time in Cozumel but Falmouth was the longest stop that we made just to apparently have more time to funnel money into this Royal Caribbean built pier. In order to do anything at all in Jamaica you must travel outside of Falmouth and go all the way to the North side of the island so this is obviously a ploy to keep people's money with Royal Caribbean.