Wow, the phrase: "You Have Got to be Kidding" came out a lot.
This was our first RC cruise and didn't know what to expect. For starters, the RC website was cumbersome to use, having to log in multiple times on one session was annoying. I uploaded id photos a number of times and looks like they finally were accepted, only to have our pictures taken again at check-in. We really liked the touch-screen maps on the ship, they were helpful. I wish they had rolled out the app for all of their ships, it's a great feature on the Carnival ships. The major disappointment was the food we received in the dining room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our dinner table mates, who have taken RC before, also mentioned the food was bland and not up to their usual standards. Breakfast on the first sea day, the buffet/a-la-carte was new to us and we did the a-la-carte. the server gave my wife a hard time, because she ordered things that could be obtained from the buffet, why have a menu? We're on a nice cruise and didn't want to deal with a server giving us attitude, we can get that at home. She was giving others a hard time too. The first three dinners the food was BLAND at best (color, taste, texture), we expected to be blown away by the food. A highlight was the Cafe Promenade, it was quick and everything but the pizza was good. Though we only ate lunch in the dining room once, it was equally sad. It wasn't until the fourth night that we actually got a good meal, we got in late due to recuperating from a shore excursion, so we did the my time dining and got a great serving team. Karl helped us order off menu and we got the Indian vegetarian meal that the crew gets. It was the bomb and ordered the Indian vegetarian the rest of the trip (definitely not bland).
The fitness center was great, one downside was if you showed up at 6:00 am, you couldn't get a locker until 7:30. Also, there wasn't any water to take to-go. Had to go, all sweaty, to the Cafe Promenade on deck 5 to get a glass of water.
Also enjoyed the skating show and the piano bar.
We were very pleased about the clientele, especially since it was spring break. we appreciated the way the ship manages children's entertainment, it was much better than expected.
The food and food service really put us off, there was A LOT to like about the ship, but the dining room experience was a huge disappointment.
we enjoyed our cabin, the only two downsides were limited storage for clothing and the balcony did not have a clear railing, so you had to stand to enjoy the ocean.
The Pan-american pier was a huge disappointment - RC should change to the other pier.
we caught a cab out to the distillery and met up with some awesome Canadians. Shared a taxi back to town and did a architectural walking tour.
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