Like many we were concerned based on some of the reviews but picked this cruise due to the port location. We had a wonderful time and have no problem recommending both the ship and the cruise destinations. Galveston port is a challenge because 2 ships are leaving at the same time. Keep in mind Royal is leaving from terminal 2 as you make your parking plans. My advice is to arrive early. We were in the security line at 9:45 and were on the ship exploring within 45 minutes. Royal promised staterooms ready by 1 which they met. We boarded and took the elevator to the highest point, then walked and explored our way down. We found all of the Royal staff to be excellentWe had a couple of minor service issues from our travel agent and they promptly answered our questions and generally made us feel welcome. We at the majority of our meals in the MDR and had great service. We enjoyed the table conversation and lounging through meals over the rush of eating at the buffet in the Windjammer. Our MDR waiters we attentive and even brought extra entrees if we had trouble deciding. We enjoyed all of the entertainment and the activities. The ship is very clean. The only time we felt pressured to buy something was when my wife visited the spa. They did try to hard sell her, but after a polite no she enjoyed the rest of the experience. We booked our excursions thru Royal and all 3 were good. I know people say you can save by going outside but we didn't want any hassles. They met us immediately off of the ship and took care of everything from there. Hope you have as good as time as we did.
Deck 3 location easy walk to MDR and ice rink. 2 floors up to promenade so if you can handle a few stairs no waiting at the elevator. Quiet hallway that dead ends so not a lot of foot traffic. Room was clean and cabin attendant was fantastic. She introduced herself the first day and the only time we saw her in the room she was rushing to make sure we had fresh ice. They've installed flat pane tv's which look nice but channel selection is limited. Pack a power strip there are only 2 outlets and both are on the dresser.
Transportation to tourist village with a "canned" local performance but you can walk to a couple of shops. Village is nice for a break and a drink if you want one. Boat tour was good with nice tour guides. Boat is small and gets pushed around by the current so if you get motion sickness you might want to consider. Rained that morning but sun came out and water was clear. Lots of fish and reef is very pretty. Also you get drove around entire island so it is good for a first visit.View All 42 Glass Bottom Boat Reviews
Bus ride of almost an hour on some of the worst roads we have ever been on. Ruins are ok but there is no museum or artifacts to really look at. We did have very knowledgeable tour guides so they could cover a lot of the information and take your mind off the drive. Tour end ended at a resturant they recomended but it didn't have a menu that interested us. It is an easy walk back to port. We would recommend no venturing to far on your own we would not have felt safe. If you want to mark off Myan ruins off your bucket list this is ok but we wouldn't do again.View All 187 Altun Ha Reviews
Ok I know it sounds stupid but we hade a blast. We had about 130 in our group so they had it in a banquet room which actually we liked because it was cool. Got handed a marguerite when we walked in and the glass was never allowed to be empty. In addition to salsa they have plenty of finger foods so this will be your lunch for the day. Organizers were a lot of fun and kept things lively. Held at a nice resort and you can stay and use their pool/beach if you want to. I know everyone thinks they can save by booking outside but we really enjoyed that we were met at the dock taxi was arranged and included. They even arrange for taxi back to the ship so you are taken care of. Last piece of advice I stop in a bar at the dock area to catch up on wifi. If you order a beer it will cost you $3 but you get unlimited wifi. If you ask to just use wifi they charge $5View All 111 Salsa & Salsa Reviews