We really enjoyed this ship but the little things that make a cruise special, were missing.
Our stateroom was large and had plenty of storage space. The balcony was a good size too. The room was quiet,especially at night. However we only got a bar of soap and gel in the shower. Which,to us ,was very basic. There was a kettle and cups but only useful if you liked tea. ( they did not provide coffee) At night, the little chocolate bar, left on the pillow has been made obsolete to save money. This always added a touch of happiness!
At dinner we shared a table with two other families and thankfully we all got on well, however the service was very slow and we were often waiting long periods In-between courses. We had to ask for drinks with our meals and they served tea/coffee after the main course! On two occasions the coffee was like dish water. Most evenings our dining experience was over two hours but there was a good choice of menu and the food was above average.
The Windjammer was always packed at breakfast but the variety of food was good.
The entertainment on whole was very good. The ice show was fantastic. Despite some chilly weather, everything was kept running outside. The staff were very friendly throughout the ship. ( If your children want to ice skate expect a huge queue, long wait and chaos.)
Another disappointment was the distance of the towns from the ports. The transfer buses were expensive and charged the same for children. In Gijon we had no alternative but to use the buses and we arrived into a run down,graffitied town. It was dreadful.( cost 30 euros and was 4 miles away but you could not walk in the port) In, Le Harve we ended up with a private taxi to take us to, Honfleur. It was expensive as the taxi waited for us. Honfleur was amazing and full of history. We took the transfer bus into Bilboa,as it was 9 miles away. The ship tours were ridiculously priced.
All in all we have mixed feelings about our first time on Royal Caribbean. We have experienced a variety of ships and this line looses out in several areas.
We went to Honfleur by private taxi and found it to be a fantastic town full of history with amazing art shops . You need to venture down the side streets to see the unusual and old buildings.The people were very friendly here.