We are a couple in our 70s with limited cruise experience. We had been on two Alaska cruises several years ago, and most recently a Holland America cruise (Eurodam) last April. Since we live in the Boston area, we wanted a cruise that was easy to get to (no airlines, no hotels before and after) and of limited duration. The 5-night cruise fit the bill, and the deal was too good to pass up. On the plus side, we thought the food and service in Chops was wonderful. We had purchased a 5-night dining package, so we ended up eating in Chops three night. We were disappointed that one of the specialty restaurants was sushi, which I don't care for. That left Giovanni's for two nights. The food there was good, but not great. I had lamb chops that were tough, and Osso Buco that was also tough. Didn't think that was possible. Breakfasts and lunches were in Windjammer. Breakfast was good, since we found the "fresh egg" station. Not a fan of those vats of scrambled eggs. Lunches were more of a challenge. They were heavy on the Indian foods, which I don't like. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza looked awful. So I are salad each day. Very fresh, good options with roasted vegetables, cheese. I would also add that I am a coffee snob. I usually bring my own Starbucks on these trips. The coffee in the restaurants and at the coffee bar was great. And one final "plus" on the entertainment. We saw a show one night by a rock & roll cover band named Rookie. It was honestly one of the best shows I have ever seen. Now, the minuses. Being old and sedentary, what I like to do on a ship is find a quiet spot and read or listed to my iPhone. No place to go on board to escape the "music" and noise. It was a bit chilly to sit outside, so we tended to retire to the quiet of our room. Second, we were disappointed with the number of specialty restaurants. We would have liked Asian, Chinese, Middle Eastern. Even the Italian restaurant Giovanni's had rich and heavy food. There was a Mexican restaurant (Ritas), but the dining was sort of outside and it was strictly a la cart. Next, we found the room and bathroom kind of tight. Comparing it to our ladt cruise on Holland America on the Eurodam, this one has to go to Holland America. Even the room was a bit dated... no usb ports, very small safe, limited TV stations. Next, the smoke. We are not casino people, but the smoking in the casino spilled out to adjoining areas. Thankfully, we learned routes around it. And finally, the wifi fees. I kind of object on principle to these fees. We did get service for 24-hours for $19.95. I look forward to the day when cruise lines will just include it, like they do for electricity and running water. So, the bottom line: the cruise was good, but I can't say I am locked in to Royal Caribbean for the next one.
The cabin was a bit small, especially the bathroom. It had one of those circular showers that don't leave much room. The room was clean (except for a stain along the bottom of the curtain), and adequate. The balcony had some rusted areas along the bottom of the railking.
I loved Halifax. The ship docked very close to downtown. We were able to walk around the shopping district and found a great Middle Eastern place for lunch. Then, the public gardens, which were wonderful. Then, the Citadel. Realkly interesting. Walked along the harbor back to the ship. Very enjoyable.