This was our first cruise & our honeymoon.
We booked Royal Caribbean b/c we heard from others that it was the better ship to travel on since the rates were slightly higher there would be less children & people. We were also told that Royal Caribbean has better food than Carnival.
Embarkation & Disembarkation both went smoothly. We didn't have long lines at embarkation (we got there within less than an hour of embarkation). Disembarkation could have moved a little bit quicker with more customs lines and/or better structured disembarkation. It seems they try to get everyone off the ship at the same time, with few customs lines to get through.
The cabin was clean and quiet. Our attendant was very nice.
The dining room food was amazing! Although, prior to sailing we were told that formal nights were not required to have full suits & ties, etc. While we did not dress like beach bums (we brought a polo shirt & slacks for my husband, and a nice semi-casual dress for me), we did not get to engage in those nights. Also, we will not be engaging in formal nights on Royal Caribbean in the future since my husband doesn't own a suit, didn't wear one to our wedding, and won't be wearing one to his own funeral. It is sad that it is like that for both nights since we do pay extra of our hard working money to sail on Royal Caribbean, but cannot enjoy the same amenities as everyone else while we are on vacation.
The adult entertainment was lacking with only one show a night (which were usually great) & it wasn't good planning that the latest night show was scheduled when the earliest port day was the following morning. Also, nothing for adults to do on "at sea" days other than sit by the pool, which was boring. Hopefully with the new water slide my husband will be able to enjoy himself more on the "at sea" days.
I would rather have more of the adult shows on the "at sea" days than on port days since those days wear you out anyway.
We enjoyed the ports & learned after the first one that it is safer and not much more expensive to book through the cruise line. However, if you decide to do that, all of the good excursions book up quickly. You need to book online before the trip or on the first day after embarkation.
While there was not much adult entertainment provided on the ship, the ship was clean and the service was great. We enjoyed trip and are going on another this fall on Royal Caribbean. This time, we are having a couple of friends join us for a kid-free vacation! Hopefully we will have more fun with a couple that we know.
Since we were celebrating our honeymoon we splurged and got the balcony room.
While we enjoyed having the ability to go out on the balcony at morning, we did not use it much and probably won't book it again, unless it's a special occasion.
The room was clean & our room attendant was very nice & made sure he checked our room multiple times a day.
Other than the loud hen in the room next door, our room was typically very quiet.
This was our first cruise and port & we were always told it was cheaper to book excursions off the ship. So, we did. We booked a snuba excursion with the same operator that Royal Caribbean contracts. It did not save us much money. The excursion was AWESOME! We tried to do it in the next port, but it was booked by the time we got back on the ship. We plan to do it again when we go back also.
I just wish we had a little more time under water.View All 22 Snuba Reviews
This was a last minute booking as most of the excursions on the ship were booked. The turtle farm didn't have much to do other than pet the turtles. We took some good pictures. The food at the on-site restaurant was ok.View All 329 Turtle Farm Reviews
We booked the extreme adventure excursion simply because we were unsure of the safety of Jamaica and weren't sure about some of the other excursions. We did not do the zip lining 1) b/c I wore the wrong attire, and 2) the lines didn't look safe to my husband. Jamaica doesn't have the same safety requirements that the US has when it comes to those things. The "ATV" ride was through a lemon tree farm. We ride real ATVs at home as a weekend hobby/sport & the Jamaican "ATV"s were more comparable to golf carts. The river tubing was fun but cold. Since this was an all-day excursion the place provided lunch. The food was ok and the punch provided was also mediocre.
This excursion was not worth the $$View All undefined undefined Reviews
I am from Texas, which is why I didn't take an excursion.
Downtown Galveston is fun to shop & eat, and the boardwalk has fun family entertainment, but the Texas beaches aren't very nice to vacation since they are a little dirtier.