My wife and I cruised with my daughter her boyfriend and our son and his family. We have curised multiple times with Royal Caribbean and each time the included services go down. They seem to get their hand deeper into my pocket each subsequent cruise. I mean really, do you need to charge for bottled water?
The quality of the food was not great. The buffet was similar to going to the Old Country Buffet. Lots of food and variety but not great. The main dining room staff and service was outstanding but again the food was not great. We got lobster tails one night and it was not cleaned properly. Tasted like ammonia. Also, stay away from the "fish of the day". I ordered it 4 out 5 days and it was good only once. I had NY strip steak one night and it was the thinnest strip steak I've ever had. The sizzle steaks at the breakfast buffet were better. The only good food I had was the food I bought at an additional charge at Geovanni's. Their eggplant parmesan was to die for.
I ended up buying the drink package because the first day there I bought a mixed drink and the charge waw $12.50. However, the prices on the second day were lower. They obviously inflate the drink prices on the first day to entice you to buy the drink package. I find this practice disingenuous. Similar with the food. They dumbed down the included food to get you pay for good food at their "premium" restaurants.
Cabin was excellent with plenty of room to relax. The bathroom had a constant mildew smell. Not sure what was up with that.
This was our departure point.
Bar service was understaffed. Had to wait up to 20 minutes in line to refresh my drink
Hung out at the port shops and took an tour of the city.