This was our first experience with Royal Caribbean and it will be our last. We spoke with other passengers who were die hard "Royal" fans and they said that if this had been their first experience, they wouldn't be back.
The cabin stewards and dining wait staff were wonderful. We really liked the "My time dining" option.
The on-board activities were few, the mistakes on the "compass" were many. Curfew is not an activity! This was our first transatlantic crossing so we thought there would be many activities to choose from - based on our experiences on other cruises. This wasn't the case. The nightly entertainment was good, but overall, we found the activities and choices underwhelming. The "library" was picked clean within the first couple of hours. I went shortly after boarding and saw someone leaving with a tower of books! Really? Are you going to read 8 books at once?!
The food was alright, nothing to write home about and the portions were small. Something we weren't expecting was the lack of facilities after 9pm. The windjammer closed, so your only option for tea/coffee was the small cafe located on the Promenade. This filled up quickly and there wasn't really another convenient area that you could meet up with ppl and chat - it seemed to us that they were trying to channel ppl into drinking establishments.
Speaking of upselling - it was annoying! At almost every meal, we were interrupted by someone trying to upsell their fee restaurants. I found the lack of food choices disappointing and unclear. Basically, your only choice for food is the windjammer/dining room. Breakfasts were good, the lunches were edible but varied little, for dinner, we ate in the dining room. The meals were good but we found the portions much smaller than other lines we have cruised with.
There also seemed to be some major issues with getting back on the ship after ports of call. At one port, we were waiting for well over an hour. I saw someone asking if handicapped ppl could go ahead and they were denied. So ppl with walkers and various disabilities were left standing in the sun. When we finally got back on board we were told that it was the fault of the port authority. Hmm, so you knew there was an issue and yet, no water was offered, no intervention of any kind?
We would definitely take another transatlantic cruise. We met some wonderful ppl, and it's a much easier way to travel to Europe if you have the time, just not on this line.
Our tour guide was quite informative, spoke English well. Enjoyed this tour.View All 75 D-Day Beaches Reviews