For our 17th cruise we decided to try one of the largest ships, although we had a concern about the ship handling such a large group of passengers, over 6,000. Actually we found the ship handled this problem very well, with one exception, most notable of which was the after diner entertainment. While the few shows/performances we were able to attend were good, getting reservations was extremely difficult, and often impossible, and very disappointing. The process of "registering" for a performance was annoying and standing in line in case registered passengers didn't attend was a waste of time, We've been accustom to diner, some free time, and then a nightly show, and perhaps a midnight comedy act, usually with a Cruise Director making the cruise more enjoyable. Sadly, only one time did we catch a few words from the Cruise Director as he very briefly rode out on an ice machine. I certainly missed the usual hype and performances of past Cruise Directors.
The ship was impressively large and always easy to get around .. elevator service was outstanding, and only used the stairs a few times. I especially enjoyed Captain Rob's commentaries, and would say that we never encountered a grumpy employee. The 3 ports were outstanding but because of many past cruises to Jamica and Cozumel we didn't partake in shore excursions, other than the Zip line which was awesome. The ships Island was extremely well done and provided a great day.
We chose Royal Caribbean for it's outstanding food, service, friendly employees and in these areas we were more than pleased. Special mention should go to our Waiter, Juliet (table 825, 5:30 sitting) for outstanding service ... on a 1-10 scale she'd be an 11
The cabin was always immaculately cleaned and never had any issues.
The port has been steadily improved and was very enjoyable
Very well done port, clean and fun to walk around