Mixed feelings about RCCL. We are age 43 years old and thought we'd try a more "mature cruise". The ship was beautiful, loved our room, balcony view and deck. We felt that the first couple days were really great considering we were still in the oooh's and awe's of the ship. However, as the days went on we were finding it hard to find anything to really do other than the usual drinking, sunbathing and shopping. This cruise just seemed to be missing more activities for our taste. Found ourselves a bit bored and searching for things to do. On other cruises we seemed to always run into a game, line dancing lessons, trivia etc...We previously cruised Carnival Magic which is who I am comparing to. I really enjoyed Carnival overall. I will try another ship with RCCL before I totally count them out.
Disappointed in the lack of 'open' good places to find a snack on the ship, the only place was at the royal promenade cafe and the food was pretty bad. The other cruises I've been on always had at least burgers, pizza and ice cream easily accessible near the pool and movie deck. One of the best meals we did have was when we ordered room service after midnight, it was delish!
The meals at dinner were good. I mostly ordered what our waiter suggested and was always satisfied. The dinner staff did not seem to have as much fun like the Carnival waiters who would sing and dance most nights. Plus the breakfast in the Saphire dining was terrible. Your best option is to stick with the buffet for breakfast and lunch. Or visit Johnny Rockets (fee) for lunch, but do not sit inside unless you want to be stuffy.
Loved cabin 1838 on the 12th deck. it's the first room coming in off the deck overlooking the level 11 pool, on the port side of the front of the ship. there are stairs next to the balcony wall which are hardly used because the only thing above us was an open sun deck. The only noise we heard was a little traffic & someone actually knocking on the wall- we entertained them and knocked back-they quickly ran away. there are 2 doors from the outside deck one leading to the room hallway and one to the elevator. it all circles around to meet. Very quiet. Great view of the ports from our balcony. also fast and easy access from the pool deck to use your own bathroom. would recommend this room! 1838