We were travelling through China and thought it would be interesting to travel home via a blue ocean cruise so we picked the 10 night Shanghai to Singapore cruise with Royal Carribean. We'd cruised before but not on such a large ship with so many people - 3100 on this cruise.
Embarkation at Shanghai was chaotic, long and tedious but we got through it fairly painlessly. Once on board we did some exploring, it was all very glitzy and OTT as we expected. The Cafe Promenade was a great facility for those times when it was raining or between activities and about the only place where you could get something without having to pay through the nose. Nothing much is free on board. No nibbles with drinks in the bar. Wi-Fi was costly. And the cover charge for their 'speciality dining areas' expensive. Dining at the 'sit down' restaurants was pleasant but nothing special. The buffet at the Windjammer was plentiful and the range extensive. Desserts were mostly mediocre across the board.
The Casino on board was tacky and the ventilation for it was insufficient so that by the end of the cruise the surrounding areas smelled as bad as the casino.
The cabin was very spacious and comfortable with a very large storage room for clothes and luggage but furnishings were tired and dated and overdue for an upgrade.
The carpet in the hallways outside the staterooms was disgusting and needing desperately to be replaced.